My teaching philosophy and approach is eclectic. It varies from translation, drills, repetition, recitation, memorization. All depends on what needs to be achieved but mainly my objective is that the student will build his own learning strategies creating meaning in conversation setting or in writing composition and/or presentation. Teaching can incorporate culture, movies and songs, Though, the basics such as grammar, pronunciation and writing is important and it has to be incorporated in different activities and adjusted to the students' needs and learning behavior. The lesson will introduce the material but it is up to the students to practice. Usually, a university student can be producing the language as a chunk and be able to read in 12 weeks 5 hours a week. Arabic is a beautiful language and carries a rich culture. Learning such a language can promote your career or simply provide an opportunity to read books that can't be grasped but in its native originality and/or simply travel and be more oriented with the Middle East.
I worked as a reporter and journalist in Arabic back in Cairo, Egypt for 15 years. My initial training was focused on translation from French and English into Arabic. I have later specialized in second language acquisition and testing (SLA). My work experience is university level classroom settings and Tutoring in Sunday school.
2009-2011 French Department - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Graduate Studies: 33 Credit Hours - Accumulative GPA 3.84
TOEFL Reading: 30 Listening: 29 Speaking: 24 Writing: 25. Total Score: 108/120 (1/10/2009)
2008 English language courses at the English Center affiliated with UIUC.
2002 Diploma in Translation, DUTFA (Diplôme Universitaire de traduction français-arabe).
Faculté des Langues – Département de Langues Etrangères Appliquées. Université Lumière, Lyon II. Le Centre Français de Culture et de Coopération,
2000 Séminaire de Communication in French Language.
Centre de Conseil et de Développement Personnel, Chevroux, Switzerland.
1997 – ‘98 Diploma in Business Administration. the American University in Cairo (AUC),
Center for Adult and Continuing Education, Business Studies Division, AUC
1990 – ‘94 B.A. in French Literature and Translation, Faculty of Languages.
Al Alsun University. Cairo, Egypt
Undergraduate Studies Accumulative GPA 2.7
1979 – ‘90 Collège du Sacré-Cœur. French Catholic School. Cairo, Egypt. Baccalauréat : 82.5%
Born in Syria 1972. Final settlement in Cairo 1981.
Jan’ 14- July ‘18 Arabic Instructor, Arab 01 and Arab 02
Jun-May‘14 Startalk teacher program training
Jan ‘10 French Instructor, FR 102, 102, 103 . Parkland College, Illinois.
1995 – ‘02 Translator at Akhbar Al Youm Newspaper. Cairo, Egypt.
1996 – ‘03 Program Coordinator at the American University in Cairo.
2000 – ‘02 Researcher and interpreter at Orbit Satellite Channel. Cairo, Egypt.
1990 – ’94 Translator in Al-Ahram Newspaper. Cairo, Egypt.
1987 Coordinator and Interpreter in the African Games Olympics. Cairo, Egypt.
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