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CAMES Summer Arabic Program Team

Mahmoud Al-Batal is Professor of Arabic at the University of Texas, Austin. He has directed a number of Arabic programs in the US including the Arabic Flagship program at the University of Texas; the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) with its programs in Cairo, Damascus, and Amman; the School of Arabic at Middlebury College; and the Emory University Arabic program. Professor Al-Batal holds a B.A. in Arabic Language and Literature from the Lebanese University in Beirut, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Arabic Linguistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is coauthor of al-Kitaab Arabic textbook series and has conducted numerous teacher training workshops in the US and the Arab world.
Bilal Orfali is the Chairperson of the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages and Associate Professor of Arabic Studies at the American University of Beirut. He previously held the M.S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies at the Ohio State University. He has a BA and MA in Arabic language and literature from the American University of Beirut, and an MPhil and PhD in Arabic Studies from Yale University. Between 2002 and 2009, Dr. Orfali worked in the CAMES summer Arabic program first as an instructor, then as a coordinator. He was the Director of the CAMES summer Arabic program from 2010 to 2014. He has published widely and serves on the board of several journals, book series, and academic projects across North America, Europe, and the Middle East.
​​Rana Siblini is currently lecturer of Arabic for foreign, heritage and native speakers at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and a continuing PhD candidate in Arabic Language & Literature at Münster University. She has been working in the field of TAFL for many years and served as instructor, coordinator and co-director in the intensive Summer Arabic Program at AUB. She has initiated different projects related to teaching Arabic such as “Arabic for social workers" and “Arabic for government employees", both being implemented in Germany. She is co-author of “An Uprising in Teaching Arabic Language", Arab-German Young Academy –Transformation Group Working Paper No. 1/2016.
Maha Houssami is an advanced Arabic lecturer for the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies department at Duke University in North Carolina, where she has worked since 2011. She graduated from the American University of Beirut and moved to the United States in 2009. She has taught Arabic at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) at the American University of Beirut for several summers, where she was also the coordinator for the introductory to intermediate levels. Maha launched a community-based language initiative at Duke University in 2013 and contributed to strengthening the service component at CAMES in AUB.
Rima Semaan is an instructor of Arabic at the American University of Beirut. She graduated from AUB with a Teaching Diploma, a BA and an MA in Arabic Literature. She began her teaching career in the US where she first taught at Middlebury Summer School and then at Emory University where she was coordinator of the Arabic Program at the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. She has taught Arabic at a number of universities in Lebanon and has been a full time instructor of both Modern Standard and Lebanese Colloquial at AUB for the past few years, in addition to teaching courses for native speakers of Arabic in the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages.
Ghada Bualuan is an Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Classics at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Arabic language courses and fourth year Arabic content courses, in addition to an Arabic literature, culture, and civilization course (in translation). She holds an M.A. in Arabic Language and Literature from Middlebury College and in 2016, she was awarded a Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2015, Bualuan published her first Arabic novel A Sky Full of Stars. Her current work includes a forthcoming textbook “Stories from the Arabian Nights" (Routledge, 2018).
Nermine el-Horr is a full-time Instructor of Arabic at the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages (AUB) and at Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES). She holds an MA in Arabic Language and Literature from the American University of Beirut. She teaches courses in Arabic as a foreign language and Arabic courses for native speakers and taught for several years in the intensive Summer Arabic Program at AUB. Before joining AUB as a full-time Arabic instructor, she worked at Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at AUB as a Communication Coordinator.
Ali Rida K. Rizek is a PhD candidate at “Seminar für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft" at Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany, where his research focuses on the development of Islamic schools of thought, in particular early developments of Imāmī legal thought. He holds a BA and an MA in Arabic Language and Literature from the American University of Beirut. He has taught Arabic at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, at Leiden University in the Netherlands and at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, in addition to several years teaching Modern Standard Arabic in the intensive Summer Arabic Program at AUB.
Rima Kanawati is an instructor of Arabic as a foreign Language at the American University of Beirut. She holds a BA in Arabic Literature from Beirut Arab University and an MA in Arabic Language and Literature from AUB. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Arabic Language and Literature at AUB. Her research topic focuses on the development of teaching Arabic as a second language through the utilization of recent technological and communication advancements. She taught Arabic as a foreign language at the American Community School in Beirut and has taught Modern Standard Arabic at AUB and in the summer intensive Summer Arabic Program for many years.
Salwa Wardeh Madbak is currently an Arabic teacher for elementary students at the American Community School in Beirut, where she has worked since 2007. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Universite Saint Joseph in Beirut and an MA in Education and International Teaching from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. She joined the CAMES summer Arabic program team in 2012 and has been teaching here during the summers since. In 2016, she presented a workshop in at the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA) conference in Bangkok about reading and writing in Arabic classes.
Suha Itani holds a B.A. in Literature in English from Excelsior College-Albany in New York and an M.A. in Comparative Literature with an emphasis on Travel Literature from the Lebanese American University in Beirut. She was a Fulbright Teaching Scholar of Arabic at Florida State University in 2007 where she was nominated for the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for Arabic Language. Since 2003, she has taught English and Arabic widely at various schools and universities in the United States, Kuwait, Dubai, and Lebanon since 2003. She began teaching in the CAMES summer Arabic program in 2009 and has taught Arabic at various levels ever since.
Alfred el-Khoury is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in the “Institut für Orientalistik” at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität, Bamberg, Germany. He holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature from the Lebanese University and an MA in Arabic Language and Literature from the American University of Beirut. He started teaching in the CAMES summer Arabic program in 2014. His research focuses on the relationship between metaphor, modernism, and innovation in Arabic poetry and poetics across various historical periods. His interests encompass as well rhetoric, literary theory, and avant-gardist trends in the Arab world.
Hadi Aridi currently works as an Events Planner and Coordinator at the American University of Beirut while completing his MA degree in Sociology, also at AUB. He holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from AUB and has worked widely in the fields of public relations, communications and events planning as a communications consultant, as well as teaching Arabic and English at various levels. He joined the CAMES summer Arabic program as an instructor in 2013 and teaches Lebanese Arabic in the program.
Safaa Ibrahim is currently working as a part-time instructor of Arabic as a foreign language at the American University of Beirut. At the same time, she is working on her Masters of Arts degree in Arabic Language and Literature at the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern languages at AUB. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Arabic Literature from the Lebanese University and a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, and worked for several years in the field of engineering before joining AUB. She joined the CAMES summer Arabic program as an instructor in 2015 where she teaches advanced levels.
Ziad Dallal is a PhD Candidate in the Comparative Literature Department at New York University. He received a BA in English Literature from the American University of Beirut with a minor in Philosophy and a Teaching Diploma in 2012. Since 2012, he has taught in the CAMES summer Arabic program as an instructor at various levels. His dissertation traces the literary politics of 19th Century Egypt and the Levant through a comparative philology. His research areas include, but are not limited to Arabic Intellectual History; Arabic Literature, Theater and Film; Philosophy; Marxism and Finance. 
Youmna Chami is currently an instructor of English/academic writing at the Communication Skills department and an instructor of Arabic for non-native speakers at the American University of Beirut. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching Literature Degree and New York State Secondary Teaching Certificate in English from Bard College, New York in 2009, and is also a certified tester of Arabic with the American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Before joining AUB, Youmna was a Lecturer in Arabic Language and Linguistics in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University - NY. She is a co-author of Arabiyyat al Naas part III (London Routledge, 2014).
Charles Joukhadar is a Ph.D. candidate in Arabic Linguistics at the Department of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) at the University of Arizona, with a minor in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). He holds an MA in Arabic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Linguistics and TESOL from West Virginia University. He first joined the CAMES summer Arabic program in 2007 where he taught for several summers. He has worked as an instructor and coordinator of Arabic for non-native speakers at various levels at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) and at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sarah Alkhalidy is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in Arabic Language and Literature at AUB. She holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature from Beirut Arab University and a MA in Arabic Language and Literature from AUB. She also holds an MA in Education from the Lebanese University. Since 1997 she has taught Arabic language and literature at various Lebanese and international schools in Beirut, as well as Arabic courses at AUB for both Lebanese and foreign students. She joined the CAMES summer Arabic program in 2003 where she taught Arabic at the intermediate and advanced levels for several summers.
Zeina Abourousse holds a BA and an MA in Educational Psychology from the Université Saint Joseph (USJ) in Beirut.  She joined the CAMES summer Arabic program team in 2012 and has been teaching at CAMES every summer since then. During the academic year, Zeina is employed as a psychologist at the Lebanon Evangelical School for Boys and Girls-Loueizeh near Beirut where she work with students with special needs and learning disabilities. In the past Zeina has worked in tutoring Arabic to non-native speakers and has also held various positions working with children who have special needs such as Autism.
Aliya Saidi received her Ph.D. from King's College, University of Cambridge, in Oriental Studies in 2001 and joined CAMES soon afterwards. She has a background in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and specialized in the role of women in Medieval Islam. As the Assistant Director at CAMES, she coordinates student affairs and the center's activities, lectures, conferences, and publications, in addition to being the academic advisor for CAMES students and running the CAMES summer Arabic program.

 

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