Biography

Basic Information:

In the fall of 2006, I started my teaching career at the university of New Hampshire (UNH) – Durham, this was the first time that UNH offers a course in Arabic which turned out to be a great success. After UNH I moved to Potsdam, NY where I start teaching at the State University of New York (SUNY Potsdam), I taught there for three years. During these three years, I taught elementary, intermediate and conversation classes.

In the fall of 2008, I started the Arabic program at St. Lawrence University which turns, also, to be a great success. The enrollment and the interests of the students are doubling every semester. In the spring of 2012, we started offering an Arabic Minor.

Beside my interest in teaching, I am also the director of the Language Resource Center at St. Lawrence University, and part of my job, as director, is to find ways to enhance the use of technology in the classrooms and labs. I have been involved in training faculty, Teaching Assistants and LRC staffs . Being involved with technology on a daily basis gave me the opportunity and ability to develop supplement materials for all my classes; I use PowerPoint presentations, Songs, Movies, Blogs, Cartoons, also programs like Audacity (to record), iMovie (to create film) and many other web 2.0 tools on a weekly basis with my classes.

Having received a Master in Law in 2004, it is my goal to combine the knowledge and experiences that I have acquired during my study of Arabic and different branches of laws with the ability to effectively communicate with students and teach them a new and interesting language.

In 2016, I completed a Master degree in Educational Technology at SUNY Potsdam.

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Interests

Part of my job as Director of the Language Resource Center is to find ways to use technologies in the classroom.

I enjoy searching the web for new tools and new ways to use what we have in our classrooms. Every Fall I teach a course titled Teaching Languages; the objective of this course is to help TAs to create activities with Web 2.0 Tools and to use them in the Language Labs.

To check some of these activities please click here.