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 recently joined AUB as a full time Arabic Instructor at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES). Currently, she is serving as Assistant Director to the CAMES summer Arabic program. She taught Arabic as a second language for 10 years at the American Community School (ACS) in Beirut at different levels and was part of the ASL curriculum development team and the Arabic accreditation team. She also was an active member of both the "School Development Team" and the "Welcoming Committee". She joined the CAMES summer Arabic program team in 2012 and has been a member of its faculty since then. She has taught Arabic to many undergraduate and graduate students from varied backgrounds throughout her teaching journey. 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; she also gave another workshop, this year, about students' assessment through strategic groups in class, during the Mini-NESA presentations at ACS Beirut.

Ghada Bualuan is a Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Program of Arabic and Middle Eastern studies in the Department of Classics at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, 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. In 2016, she was awarded a Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Her first textbook, Stories from Thousand and One Nights, was published by Routledge in 2018. Her current work includes the translation of her Arabic novel A Sky Full of Stars (2015) into English.

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.

Mohammad Fakhreddine is a PhD candidate in Arabic Literature at Georgetown University in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies. He earned his BA and MA in English Literature from the American University of Beirut. His Master's Thesis focused on Modern Arabic Poetry, more specifically the stylistic and technical innovations of the Free Verse Movement in the 20th century. Mohammad's areas of interest include Classical and Modern Arabic poetry, poetic stylistics and metrics, and Arabic language and identity. He joined the CAMES summer Arabic program in 2017 as a tutor.

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.

Caline Saad is currently writing her PhD Thesis in Philosophy: Diplomatic Linguistics. She has been teaching languages as a direct application of her own studies in Philosophy of Education. Her main concern is using critical thinking in language classes and focusing on the political impact of language teaching in conflict zones. Her studies accompany her work in INGOs. Caline is an Education Coordinator overseeing a Learning Center for refugees in the Metn area where she conducts workshops in Methodology, Critical Thinking, and Philosophical Inquiry in Language Teaching. Her main experience is in Education Management, and teaching Philosophy and languages to children, adolescents and adults. She taught in the CAMES Arabic program in 2015 and 2016.

Carla El Khoury graduated from the Center for Languages and Translation at the Lebanese University with a Master's in TALF (Teaching Arabic as a foreign language). Since 2014, she has been working as an Arabic Teacher and Assistant Coordinator of the Arabic department (Grades 7, 8 & 9) at Saint Joseph School Cornet Chahwan, and as an Arabic teacher at the Technical Institute of Ajaltoun. She teaches courses in Arabic as a foreign language and also Arabic courses for native speakers. She joined the CAMES summer Arabic program as an instructor in 2017.

​Fatima Zaraket recently graduated from the American University of Beirut with an MA in Linguistics. She has co-translated two scholarly books from English into Arabic, originally entitled Islamic Ecumenism in the 21st Century by R. Brunner as well as Knowledge and the Sacred by H. Nasr. Fatima 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, Arabic sociolinguistics and philology.

May Achour is working on her MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University of London. Her MA dissertation is about youth empowerment channels in Lebanon. She graduated from the American University of Beirut with a bachelor’s degree in Political Studies in 2016 and from the University of Saint-Joseph of Beirut with another bachelor’s degree in Translation in 2017. She worked at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at AUB between 2016 and 2018 as Arabic editor, translator, internship coordinator and research assistant. She is also a freelance translator and interpreter since 2015 with a focus on translation into Arabic and has translated several scholarly papers and research publications in the fields of politics and social studies. She worked in the CAMES summer Arabic program as a Teaching Assistant in the summer of 2016.

Reem Harb is an instructor at the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages at the American University of Beirut where she teaches Persian as a foreign language. She is a Fulbright alumnus and holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin (2016). Her thesis on Muta’ Safadi examines the connections between Arab existentialist thought and revolutionary movements during the era of decolonization. Her areas of interests include foreign language instruction and modern Arab intellectual history. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the American University of Beirut.​