- Dari Language Consultant
About Mohammad Basheer
In the late 1960s, Mr. Basheer worked for the Foreign Service Institute in Estes Park, Colorado, and Washington DC. In the early 1970s, he served as the chair of the English Language Department at Kabul University and later as a training coordinator for Afghanistan's Peace Corps office. He then went on to work for the United Nations in Afghanistan, first as a translator and interpreter and then as a logistics manager for the UN Program for Drug Control in Kabul.
In the mid-1980s, Mr. Basheer worked as a translator and interviewer for the U.S. Refugee Program in Islamabad, assisting Afghans as they fled the Soviet war for the United States. This experience informed his later research on social and economic adjustment issues of refugees from Afghanistan, Ethiopa, Poland, and Romania.
Starting in the late 1980s, Mr. Basheer played many different roles at the Center for Afghanistan Studies. He helped various scholars and students from Central Asia prepare for study in the United States through programs sponsored by USAID and the U.S. Information Agency (predecessor to Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy in the U.S. State Department). He has also taught Dari at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.
Mr. Basheer holds a bachelor's degree in teaching English as a Second Language from Kabul University. He also holds graduate-level credentials in teaching ESL from Indiana University in Bloomington and the Philippine Normal College in Manila. Basheer is fluent in Persian and Dari, as well as Tajiki, Pashto, and English.
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