Khetam Dahi is a Professor of ESL and Vice-Chair of the English Department at east Los Angeles College where she has taught since 2007. She has a BA in English Composition, an MA in English Composition with concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language, A certificate in Reading and a certificate in GATE (Gifted and Talented Education). Khetam Dahi is Syrian American and came to the U.S. with her family in 1978 when she was only 13 years old. She was in an ESL program throughout high school, so she understands some of the struggles of second language learners and immigrants in general. She has already published two ESL readers, The Mulberry Tree, and Uprooted, which have been used in some community college ESL programs. Dahi focuses in her books on the immigrant experience and the often ignored voices. Students will be enmeshed in her stories because many can relate to some aspects of each story. Lastly, all three books include activities that promote vocabulary building, grammar and critical thinking.
Other books written by Khetam Dahi are:
The Mulberry Tree, 2nd Edition, ISBN # - 978-1490770970
Uprooted, 2nd Edition, ISBN # - 978-1490770963