APTLI Summer 2021 Tutors

Welcome APTLI students! We are so lucky to have amazing tutors this year eager to guide and assist you in your intensive learning journey. Simply find your language below and you will find information about your tutor as well as a short bio to help you get to know them.

Availability times for tutoring sessions: Monday – Friday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Reminder that sessions usually last from 15-30 minutes. Group sessions may become available if demand is high.


Jibril Gabid


My name is Jibril Gabid Abubakr, a PhD student and Arabic instructor in the Department of African Cultural Studies. My research explores Arabic language and African Muslim intellectual history. I studied Arabic language at Ain Shams University in Egypt and earned my master’s degree in Arabic language and literature from the American University in Cairo; and an honors bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Psychology from the University of Ghana.

I enjoy reading classical Arabic poetry and playing soccer in my free time.


Hadis Ghaedi


Hadis Ghaedi is a PhD candidate in the Second Language Acquisition program at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a master’s degree at Shiraz University to become a foreign language teacher. She enjoys teaching and learning languages and discovering and sharing new cultures. She has been teaching/tutoring Persian, ESL and academic writing for several years at UW-Madison. Her research interests include learners’ perceptions, second language acquisition, academic writing, and sociolinguistics.


Selenay Aydin


Selenay Aydin is a second-year PhD student in the Department of History at UW-Madison. In 2018, she received her bachelor’s degree in History from Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), and she graduated from her minor program at the same university in 2019. She attended UW-Madison in 2019, as a Fulbright fellow, where she is still pursuing a PhD as a William J. Courtenay Fellow. Her research interest focuses on Ottoman-Italian relations in the 15th century as a part of European-Eastern relations that affected the ‘other’ identity of Ottoman state.