American Univesity of Beirut

Teaching Team

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Mahmoud Al-Batal is a Professor at AUB's Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages and Director of the CAMES summer Arabic program. Prior to joining AUB, he was 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.

Salwa Wardeh Madbak joined AUB as a full time Arabic instructor at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) in 2019. In the summer of 2019, she served as Assistant Director of the CAMES summer Arabic program. In the summer of 2020, she served as coordinator of the first ever online CAMES summer Arabic program. She joined the CAMES summer Arabic program in 2012  and has taught in the program each summer since​. She taught Arabic as a second language for 10 years at the American Community School (ACS) in Beirut and was part of the ASL curriculum development team and the Arabic accreditation team. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut and an MA in Education and International Teaching from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. In 2016, she presented a workshop at the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA) conference in Bangkok about reading and writing strategies and their pedagogical implementation in Arabic classes; and another workshop related to student assessment through strategic groups in class. 

Youmna Chami is currently 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).

Safaa Ibrahim is an instructor of Arabic at the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages and at the Center of Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Arabic Literature from the Lebanese University and a Master's degree in Arabic Literature from AUB. She holds another Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for few years in the field of engineering before joining AUB. She has been an instructor in the CAMES Summer program since 2015 and has taught various levels of Arabic as a Foreign Language over the past few years.

Samia Al Tall is currently an instructor of Arabic for foreigners at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo's department of Medieval and Modern Arabic Studies). 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 joined the Cames summer Arabic program in 2015 where she has taught Arabic Language and Lebanese Colloquial for the advanced levels. 

Ziad Eldanaf is currently a Masters student in the department of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut. He completed his BA in Philosophy from the same university in 2017 with a minor in Arabic Language and Literature. He joined CAMES team as a teaching assistant in the summer of 2017, and is currently an instructor. His research interests range from Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy and Philosophy of Science to Arab thought, Sufism and Islamic Philosophy. Besides his academic life, Ziad engages in personal research on contemporary science especially astronomy, and is an Instructor at the Cosmic Dome Planetarium.

Fatima Zaraket graduated from the American University of Beirut with an MA in Linguistics (English Language). She has co-translated two books from English into Arabic, originally entitled Islamic Ecumenism in the 21st Century by Rainer Brunner as well as Knowledge and the Sacred by Seyyed Hossein Nasr. She has also translated into Arabic scholarly papers published in prominent journals in the Arabic-speaking world in the fields of Islamic philosophy, Qurʾānic Studies, and Anthropology. She is interested in tracing how identity manifestations in the life writings of Arab women writers speak of, and equally unpack, the structures of power as they creatively engage in meaning making and negotiating discourses. Her research interests include: translation theory and practice, rhetorical theory, philology, and hermeneutics. Fatima began teaching in the CAMES summer Arabic program in 2016.

Rita Raad is​ an MA student at the department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages at the American University of Beirut. She joined  CEDRAC and CERPOC at the Saint Joseph University as a researcher since 2016 and co-wrote the ninth and tenth volume of Al-Mu’allifūn al-ʿarab al-masīḥiyyūn mn qabl al-Islām ilā āẖir al-qarn al-ʿišrīn. She holds a BA in Political and Administrative Sciences from the Lebanese University and worked on organizing a series of francophone lectures “Histoire et Idées” since 2017 which straddle the fields of politics and history. She assisted Dr. Rana Issa in preparing the bicentennial Jubilee of Buṭrus al-Bustānī at AUB during the academic year 2018-2019. She joined the CAMES summer Arabic Program team in 2018 and has taught at various levels of Arabic. Her research interests focus on postcolonial studies in the Arab World where she studies the reciprocal relations between language, literature, trade, and debt.

Hajar Al-Dirani is an MA student at the department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages at the American University of Beirut, currently writing her MA thesis. At the same time, she is working as a research assistant to Dr. Mahmoud al-Batal, as a teaching assistant for AUB Arabic classes, and as a tutor at AUB's Writing Center. She holds a BA in Education and a minor in Arabic from AUB. She joined the CAMES Summer Arabic Program teaching team in 2018 and she has taught Arabic Language and Lebanese Colloquial at various levels. Her research interests include: teaching pedagogy, linguistics, and curriculum design.

Abir Hammoud is an MA student at the department of Education at the Lebanese University, specializing in Educational Supervision. She received a BA in Arabic Literature from Beirut Arab University in 2014, along with with a Teaching Diploma and a minor in Psychology. She has worked as an Arabic teacher for elementary students at various schools in Beirut, and since 2018, she has been working as an Arabic teacher for the lower elementary levels at at Ahliah School in Beirut. She joined the CAMES teaching team as a teaching assistant in the Summer of 2018 and as a support teacher​ in the summer of 2020. Her research focuses on improving Arabic skills for elementary students through play.

Lina Al Qutub holds a BA in Interior Design from the American International University in London, a Diploma in Business Administration/Marketing from Richmond University, London, a Teaching Diploma from Haigazian University, Beirut, an MA in Education and International Teaching from Framingham State University in Massachusetts, and a PhD in Education from the University of Saint Joseph in Beirut. She worked as a teaching assistant for the Introductory and Intermediate Lebanese Arabic courses in spring 2020, and joined the online CAMES summer Arabic program team in 2020 as a support teacher. Before joining CAMES, she taught English at the elementary level for 4 years at the American Community School in Beirut, and English at the middle school level for 8 years at Rawdah High School in Beirut. She is interested in Positive Psychology (PP) and attended several workshops related to the influence of Emotional Intelligence and the effect of positive emotions on learners.

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