Arabic

Coalition Language Representatives

 Language representative photo Nehad Shawqi is founder of the first nucleus of Arabic Sunday schools in England, in 1982, in Regents Park, London. She has taught Arabic and Islamic Studies to Arab descendants. She is working on curriculum design and development, with a textbook for Arabic heritage learners (AHL). She is designing textbooks and creating a blog to help teach a curriculum that reflects the "other" culture. In order to attract AHLs to community schools, the curriculum has to be authentic and personally meaningful. Instructional materials for AHLs are lacking. She received her Masters of Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (MATAFL) degree from The American University in Cairo and then worked as an Arabic instructor at the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo. In 2009, she worked for Middlebury College (Alexandria branch) for one year. She worked for the University of Alabama for three years (2010-2013) and has been an Arabic instructor for more than 20 years. Her publications include a book on Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, “Ana Min Il Balad Di” kalaam fi al 3adaat wa taqaliid. Her research focuses on teaching techniques with heritage Arabic speakers, focusing on communicative teaching methodologies that include heritage language concepts, values, and traditions, with contextualized activities that include brainstorming, eliciting, checking cultural awareness, negotiating metalinguistic language, and internalizing these concepts.

 

Published: Monday, October 7, 2019