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Michael Akard

Michael Akard
Professor - English Second Language 
Literature and Language Arts 
Founders Hall 220E 
Office Hours:     
Tuesday, 3:30p.m. - 6:00p.m. 
Thursday, 3:30p.m. - 6:00p.m. 


For the Spring 2022 semester, Professor Akard's office hours are via ZOOM. These meetings are optional; they are not required. You can "drop in" any time between 3:30 and 6:00 on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Here is the ZOOM link:


Michael Akard has been teaching at the college level since 1988 when, as a graduate student, he worked at the American English Institute at CSU Fresno. After finishing his MA in Linguistics in 1990, he came first to MJC (his Alma Mater), and then traveled to Kuwait to teach at Kuwait University. After three years in Kuwait, he returned to California and taught at Merced College and Turlock Adult School, but headed back to the Middle East in 1998 to take a position at the Military Language Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Michael finally landed back in Modesto in 2000 and has been teaching full-time at MJC since 2001. 

Michael is a fencer, plays bagpipes, enjoys ping-pong, and has a special interest in Arabic language and culture.

Courses I Teach

  • Academic English Language Support 1,  ELIC 22
    This class is required for students who want to take ELIC 20.
    Section(s): 1250
  • Academic English Language Support 2,  ELIC 32
    Section(s): This class is required for students who want to take ELIC 30.
  • Low Intermediate Academic Reading and Composition,  ELIC 20
    Build your vocabulary, reading skills and ability to write in an academic style.
    Section(s): 1389; 1249

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