M. Sedique Popal

M. Sedique Popal

Associate Professor

Program Coordinator
Full-Time Faculty


Sedique Popal, Assistant Professor and the coordinator of the MA TESOL program. He teaches cognitive and social theories of linguistics: Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Assessment and Testing, Curriculum Design, and TESOL Methods courses. He has taught and trained teachers in six different countries. He has been a featured presenter and keynote speaker in the following national and international organizations: TESOL, CATESOL, NABE, and CABE. He has been awarded the Outstanding Educator Award at the University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley Extension, California State University, East Bay and the College of Alameda. His latest publication is A Grammar Book for Teachers (2021).


  • Applied Linguistics
  • Research in Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Community Engagement

Research Areas

  • Code-Switching and Code-Mixing in Bilingual Communities
  • TESOL Methods
  • Second Language Acquisition


  • University of San Francisco, Ed.D in Education with Concentration on Second language Acquisition, 1992
  • San Francisco State University, MA in English with Concentration on TESOL, 1985
  • Kabul University, BA in English Literature, 1976

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Professor in TESOL Program, University of San Francisco
  • MA TESOL Program Director, University of San Francisco
  • Lecturer in TESOL Program, University of California, Berkeley Extension
  • ESL Professor, College of Alameda

Awards & Distinctions

  • Ignatian Service Award (2022), University of San Francisco
  • Outstanding Service Award (2019) as PEAC (Peralta Community Colleges  ESL Council) Founder, Peralta Community Colleges, Oakland, California.
  • Distinguished Professor Award (2019), ESOL Department, College of Alameda, Alameda, California 
  • Distinguished Faculty Award in Excellence in Teaching (2012-2013) University of San Francisco
  • Outstanding Educator of the Year (1999-2000) University of San Francisco, CA
  • Honored Professor of the Year (2000-2001), U.C. Berkeley, California
  • Outstanding Service and Dedication Award (2017), Noor Islamic and Cultural Community Center, Concord, California

Selected Publications

  • Popal, S. (2022). Lesson Planning for Teaching English as a Second Language, Pittsburgh, PA: Dorrance Publishing. 
  • Popal, S. (2021). A Grammar Book for Teachers. Pittsburgh, PA: RoseDog Publishing