Posted by: alcrabat | 25 August 2012

ALC Rabat Says ‘Goodbye’ to Hal

By Douâa Jazouli

Director since December 2006, Hal Ott has brought a lot to the ALC Rabat and has contributed in a great way to its improvement. Mr. Hal is now leaving Morocco and the ALC Rabat after this Spring Session for another country – Saudi Arabia. This is an interview with him:

Why do you believe education is important?

It’s the key to progress in practically every human endeavor and it helps people to help themselves and the earth.

What made you decide to get into education as a career?

I was inspired by great teachers in my school and family.

What did you do before you became the ALC Director?

I was the Program Coordinator of an adult education program in the United Arab Emirates with the Higher Colleges of Technology.


What qualities do you think make a good teacher?

A good teacher, in my view, genuinely cares for his/her students, is knowledgeable, unselfish, passionate, enthusiastic, and constantly wants to improve his/her teaching practice to bring the joy of learning to others.


What qualities do you think make a good language learner?

I think a good language learner must be strongly motivated, first of all, to learn the language. It also helps to be willing to experiment, to have a good sense of humor, to make mistakes and learn from them, to be disciplined, and be able to have fun and enjoy the process. 

In your time at the ALC, what are you most proud of?

I am thankful for having had the opportunity to work with such a dedicated group of colleagues. They display professionalism and heart every day in their efforts to serve our learning community.


What are you planning to do after leaving the ALC and Morocco?

I will be an administrator at the American International School of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

If you come back to visit in 5 years, what do you hope will be different/the same about the ALC?

I hope to see most of my dear colleagues here, and I hope the ALC is in a new building with a beautiful garden and cafeteria.

Where else in the world have you lived?

Florida, Colorado, New Jersey, Alabama, Ohio (USA), Tunisia, South Korea, U.A.E.

If you could change your job career or educational field, what would you want to be?

I’d be a professional snowboarder and classical guitar player who travels the world and raises money to preserve our environment.

If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass on to your child, what would it be?


What is the best advice you’ve ever given or received?

Try to listen more and speak less.

What is your favorite place on earth?

The Smokey Mountains

What do you value most in life?

Family and friends

At a glance…

Name: Hal Ott

Birth date: 23 October

Place of birth: Auburn, Alabama, U.S.A.

Favorite color: blue

Favorite movie: Gandhi

Favorite song: Desafinado by Joao Gilberto & Tom Jobim

Hero: Mohandas Gandhi

Favorite Moroccan food: Amlou

Favorite quotation: “…these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Posted by: alcrabat | 11 July 2012

Learn about new cultures by being a Host Family!


By becoming a Host Family, you can experience the pleasure of offering hospitality and experience learning about new cultures. If you live near the ALC and are interested in providing accommodation to people from other countries while earning some extra money, please contact the ALC reception. Thank you.

Posted by: alcrabat | 18 June 2012

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Info sheet summer 2012.pdf

Posted by: alcrabat | 6 June 2012

ALC Rabat End of Year Show a smash success!

This year’s second annual ALC Rabat End of Year Show took place June 3, 2012 at the Salle Bahnini auditorium in front of a sold out crowd. The show featured fifteen different performances by students from the children’s, teen and adult programs, including songs, choreography, plays and presentations. All proceeds went to the Community Service Program (CSP) – to benefit orphans, handicapped children, elderly people and underprivileged families within the Rabat, Salé and Témara communities.

Here is the official trailer to the ALC Rabat End of Year Show video 2012:

Posted by: alcrabat | 19 April 2012

New TEFL Teacher Training course starts June 24th

For the first time, the American Language Center in Rabat will be offering a Via Lingua TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate course.

Via Lingua is one of the world’s largest TEFL certification providers, and our TEFL course is one of the most thorough and up-to-date in the world today. Including 120 hours of expert tuition and 10 hours of teaching practice, the TEFL course exceeds international standards for TEFL certification. To guarantee the highest academic standards, the course is externally moderated by Hunter college department of EFL at City University of New York.

The Via Lingua TEFL certificate course is an intensive four week program that will start on June 24th 2012. The cost for the program is 1300 Euros (residents of Morocco will receive a 20% discount)

For more information please contact or visit

Posted by: alcrabat | 21 March 2012


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Posted by: alcrabat | 13 March 2012

Art Exhibition, 15 March, 19:00

Posted by: alcrabat | 7 March 2012

AIWA Guest Speaker to visit Mega Mall, March 13, 18:30

Guest speaker to speak at Mega Mall, sponsored by the American International Women’s Association. Please Check the attached for details.


Posted by: alcrabat | 7 March 2012

Maroc Telecom: The Take-Off

By Moubarak Souiri

The nature of human beings has made communication a must for survival. Today, it is crucial, as globalization is increasing. With the recent influx of information, all countries need an efficient telecommunications system to reinforce their businesses, industries and trade. It’s necessary to lead the stock market and run the world.

Into these circumstances, “Maroc Telecom” was born. It was a revolution. It made it possible for Morocco to have success in the Euro-Mediterranean challenge and to attract more investments. They have become the leading telecommunications company in Morocco.

How did Maroc Telecom do it and how do the CEO’s strategies affect the company and its employees?

The history of Maroc Telecom begins in 1999, when the ONPT (The National Office of Post and Telegraph) was divided into two separate entities, “Maroc Telecom” and “Morocco Post.” Over the next few years, Maroc Telecom grew by purchasing smaller companies and attracting investment. In 1999, they acquired 80% of Casanet’s stock. In 2001, they acquired 54% of the Mauritanian-based telecommunications company Mauritel. That same year, the French telecommunications company Vivendi bought 35% of Maroc Telecom’s stock. By 2003, Maroc Telecom had increased the annual business of Casanet by 200%. The next year, the company went public by offering a portion of its shares on the Casablanca Stock Exchange and the Paris Stock Exchange. This allowed Vivendi to increase its stake to 51% of Maroc Telecom’s capital. Since then, Maroc Telecom has continued to expand and in 2011 was named the 88th most innovative company by Forbes magazine.

Maroc Telecom offers Internet and telephone services to Morocco. For their internet services, they have more than 9,700 kilometers of fiber-optic cables for around 320,000 lines. Their fixed lines reach over 1.3 million customers and, by the end of 2005, they had around 8.8 million mobile phone customers. These numbers have increased.* In 2012, Maroc Telecom began laying an international submarine cable “LOUKKOS.”

Employment in big telecommunications companies is very stressful work. Yet Maroc Telecom respects and supports their employees. The CEO made them love their work as the numbers were increasing. Maroc Telecom’s success is due to its laborious, creative and innovative employees.

“In my point of view, Maroc Telecom is one of the great success stories of the last decade” says former employee Mohammed El Mezdali. “Besides its national dimension, the company has grown internationally, which can be a source of pride for both the citizens of Morocco and the employees.”

“Maroc Telecom is an organizational and managerial model which grew through well-defined processes, procedures and, also, a management structure suited to some 11,000 employees” he says.

“These major assets, combined with the enormous potential of the Moroccan market, attracted many multinational corporations attempting to annex the company. The CEO’s managerial skills have allowed Maroc Telecom to maintain their leadership position.”

“It is true that I left Maroc Telecom; however, it changed my life. I know more about trade and business. Moreover, I improved my personal skills and it was a rewarding card for my resume.”

The CEO he mentions is Maroc Telecom CEO and Chairman Abdeslam Ahizoune. With an annual income of €1.45 million, Ahizoune is the highest paid CEO in Morocco. He was born in 1955 in Khemissat and graduated from Télécom ParisTech in 1977. In 1995, he was named Chairman of the ONPT and, in 1997, Minister of Post and Telecommunications. Four years later, he became CEO of Maroc Telecom.

Abdeslam Ahizoune

Since then, he has raised Maroc Telecom investments by 32.2 billion MAD. Moreover, Maroc Telecom has raised the number of its holdings in Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso and Gabon by 9.7%. On December 26th, Abdeslam Ahizoune was among the ten finalists for the Best Manager of the Year award chosen from 3,000 business leaders from 40 countries. Although Maroc Telecom benefited from a monopoly and lack of competition, Ahizoune’s hard-work and determination helped them succeed even more.

Maroc Telecom is a valuable part of Morocco. It has contributed to the boom in the national telecommunications industry. Thanks to Abdeslam Ahizoune and his clever managerial strategy, Morocco has profited in the Euro-Mediterranean challenge by making Morocco the land of opportunities and investments.

*(all numbers in thousands)
Mobile phone users: Land lines: Internet users:
2007 15342 1518 503
2008 17184 1526 522
2009 19602 1528 527

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