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Denis Hoppe

E-Mail: dhoppe at umich.edu or denish at kfupm.edu.sa


Link to "Oxford University at KFUPM Section 55 English 001 A" page (Semester 1, October-February 2010-2011)

(Link to RMIT Intermediate Welcome page for last semester's Section 65 Winter-Spring 2010 class)(Link to RMIT Pre-Intermediate Vocabulary Units 6-10-my old Sept 2010 class, Section 63) (Link to RMIT Pre-Intermediate Vocabulary Units 6-10 of my old class in 2008)

            (Link to old RMIT Intermediate Vocabulary Units 1-10)

(Link to Faculty discussion on textbooks:  Sulayman Mazyad, etc.)


  • Graduate AP in French, Greek and English, The Hill School
  • BA Oriental Studies, Princeton University
  • MUP University of Michigan
  • CELTA International House, ILC Paris


I was born in Belgium and went to Nursery School there when I was 4; so I speak French because my mother helped me to not forget it when we came back to the United States. I learned Arabic when my father got a job in Damascus, Syria in 1957 and ever since then I have been interested in the archaeology of the Middle East and the Mediterranean. I've been an archaeologist and English Teacher in the Middle East and France. I am beginning my third year of teaching English at KFUPM.  In my first two years, we used the RMIT method in the Preparatory Year Program.  We are starting a new series of classes based around textbooks from Oxford University Press this semester.  While looking at different textbooks, I wrote a little historical meander through the evolution of Language teaching, which you can link to here: (Draft of Paper for KSAALT).  KFUPM is the acronym of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. My mailing address is Denis Hoppe, KFUPM Box 1745, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia.  During the summer,  June 16-September 4, 2011 only, my address will be Denis Hoppe, Centre MBE 343, 2 bis Avenue Durante, 06000 Nice, France.


Interests, Activities & Plans

Member, American Translators Association 2003

Historian of Cities: I am currently working on a translation of Maqrizi's Khitat, but not making much progress because of new interests in teaching English by the CELTA method.

In the future, I hope to continue teaching in Saudi Arabia, or Egypt, where I can be close to the old medieval cities like Jeddah, Cairo, Damascus, and Aleppo and study their influence on the Medieval Civilization of Southern France, through the transmission by the Arabs of Philosophy and Mathematics to Europe(Avicenna's Al-Shifa and Kanoon).


Other Interesting Things

I am hoping my proposal to give a short talk at the KSAALT conference in May 2010 will be accepted.  It wasn't accepted.


Other Places in Webspace


Gutenberg Books  How to burn the Gutenberg2006 DVD with Nero 9

How to copy and paste your class list from OSIS into an Excel 2003 Template

My old personal Web Page

Sample web page in Homemaker by one of my students

Last updated on Tuesday, 9th of  November, 2010

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