Challenges in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language: A Virtual Book Discussion

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Virtual Book Discussion

Tue, Jun 11, 2024

7 PM – 8 PM (GMT+3)

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Join us for a virtual book discussion of Challenges in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, an essential collection of empirical studies on the TAFL, and classroom experience, by leading professionals in the field. The discussion will be with book editor Dalal Abo El Seoud, as well as the following contributors: Heba Salem, Iman Soliman, and Shahira Yacout.

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Although teaching Arabic as a foreign language (TAFL) has grown inexorably in recent decades, there is a dearth of empirical research on the TAFL classroom experience. In this insightful volume, Dalal Abo El Seoud brings together up-to-date practice-based research and conceptual contributions by eighteen professionals in the field. These address a wide range of challenges in teaching Arabic as a foreign language and ways of overcoming them with a clear eye to twenty-first-century language-learning skills, which advocate communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

The chapters address curriculum design, teaching Arabic to non-English speakers, trends in the use of technology, motivating students, teaching Arabic language varieties, and teaching language skills. This volume will be an invaluable resource for teachers and teachers in training of TAFL and for scholars and researchers in the field.

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Dalal Abo El Seoud

Senior Instructor, the Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI)

The American University in Cairo

Dalal Abo El Seoud has earned her master’s degree in teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Her thesis was entitled “Collocations and Vocabulary Teaching”. She earned her Ph.D. from Ain Shams University in 2003 from the department of Curricula and Methods of teaching. She has been teaching at AUC since 1997, in The Department of Arabic Language Instruction, where she was elected as the chair of the department. She, also, teaches in MA TAFL program. Her research interests focus on teaching methodology and thinking skills. She is a co-author of a series of three level Arabic writing textbooks called ‘Uktub al ‘Arabiyya, and the “Arabic- English Lexicon of Verbs in Context”. She also published several articles focusing on teaching Arabic as a foreign language, in “Handbook for Teaching Arabic Language Professionals in the 21st Century” 2nd edition, in “Teaching and Learning Arabic Grammar: Theory, Practice and Research” and “Digital Storytelling: A Learning-Oriented Assessment Activity” in an AUC Press publication called “Challenges in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language” Edited by herself. She also authored a book of Food expressions in colloquial Egyptian Arabic called “Fish, Milk, Tamarind”. This book has received three international awards.

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Heba Salem

Senior Instructor, the Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI)

The American University in Cairo

Currently, the Executive Director for the Center for Arabic Study Abroad, hosted by the American University in Cairo, and a senior Arabic Language Instructor at the Department of Arabic Language Instruction. Studied Mass Communications and Psychology then completed a Master degree in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language. Heba taught various levels of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic at AUC and other universities in the US; University of Texas at Austin, the University of Maryland and Middlebury college. She has created and taught both content courses and courses based on skills, as well as Media Arabic. She coauthored 'Umm al-Dunya, the advanced Egyptian Colloquial text book, AUC Press 2012. Heba carried out teacher training workshops for different audiences. She is interested in translation, speech analysis and in how language is used to affect meaning in general.

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Iman Soliman

Senior Instructor, the Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI)

The American University in Cairo

Iman A. Soliman is the chair of the Department Language Instruction (ALI) and a senior II Arabic Language instructor.  She joined AUC in 2006 as a full-time faculty member. She initiated the Center of Advanced Arabic Study in Cairo (CAASIC), and acted as CAASIC director (2013 – 2017) as well as the executive director of the Center of Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at AUC (2010 – 2016).  Iman earned her BA in English literature from Ain Shams University. In 2003, she received her PhD in TAFL from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Soliman has taught Arabic language and culture since 1991 in Middlebury College, the University of Edinburgh, University of St. Andrews as well as in International House, Cairo. In 2004 to 2006, she participated in the Educational Reform Program conducted by the Supreme Council of Education in Qatar and led teacher-training workshops for Arabic first language teachers. Soliman also participated in several national and international AFL conferences and has given presentations, and was AFL keynote speaker in Kazakhstan, and the University of Portland. She also co-authored a number of AFL books. Soliman is a winner of the AUC Excellence in Teaching Award (2011) and the AUC Excellence in Academic Service Award (2015)

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Shahira Yacout

Senior Instructor, the Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI)

The American University in Cairo

Shahira Yacout is a Senior II Arabic Language Instructor in the Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI) at The American University in Cairo. She holds a Ph.D. in Curricula and Teaching Arabic Language Methodology. Yacout has actively participated in international conferences and workshops in Egypt, United States, and Emirates. She also brings experience from immersion programs, having taught for several years at the Middlebury School and in a summer program in Japan (2016). Yacout’s latest publication was a chapter titled "Engaging Students in an Online Arabic as a Foreign Language Course: Challenges and Solutions." 2023

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