Damascus University (Master's)
Al-Azher University (Master's)
Samar has over 20 years experience of Teaching, Tutoring and Designing Curriculum. Also she is an award-winning, California-based foreign language instructor and curriculum developer who currently serves as an Arabic instructor at Occidental College and Pasadena Language Center and a lesson developer for Bahrain's International School Services.
Her accomplishments in the field of education include developing Alarbito Zadi, a program for teaching Arabic as foreign language in sunday schools in 2000, and co-developing the Loughti Allslamiah professional book series in 1994 for teaching Arabic as a foreign language.
Samar is also accomplished as a national foreign conference presenter with multiple appearances from 2004 to present.
Fluent in both English and her native language Arabic, She works as a master teacher in the Aldeen Startalk summer program in Pasadena, Los Angeles
Samar also teaches Arabic to grade school students at the (ICSC), where she was formerly head of the Foreign Language Department. She’s also served as an elementary and middle school Arabic teacher at the New Horizon School Pasadena and as a teacher and Language Club Coordinator for the Pasadena School District.
Samar began her career as an Arabic Language Art and Literature professor at Damascus University, where she earned a B.A. in the field of Arabic Language and Arts. She went on to obtain a M.A. in the field of education and was further credentialed in the field of psychology. She later studied the methodology of teaching foreign language at Occidental University in Los Angeles, and attended an early childhood education program at Pasadena City College. She was awarded with a Startalk Arabic teacher certification in 2010,20111 and 2012, and completed the Aldeen Foundation teacher training course.
As a current executive board member of the National Arabic Teachers Association (NATA),a board member of Arab - American Press Guild (AAPG) and a member of the American Consulate of Teaching Foreign Language (ACTFL), Samar keeps up to date on the latest training techniques and studies applicable to Arabic language instruction. She is also a board advisor for the Society of Egyptian Americans. Samar, who is a native of Syria, currently lives in Pasadena with her husband and two children.
I started my teaching career as a foreign language instructor in Damascus University about 20 years ago, but it wasn’t until I immigrated to America in 1991 that I really began to learn about different methods and tools for teaching Arabic as a foreign language. It was as though I had stepped into the treasure trove of foreign language instruction.
Over the years, I have attended numerous workshops and conferences in this specific field, and as a result, learned new approaches and techniques to teaching. It’s helped me to develop my own unique manner of teaching, to lead numerous workshops and to become a successful teacher and respected conference presenter.
I have also put together several curriculums based on my experience and have written and co-written more than 20 books for teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Though textbooks have been extremely helpful in my classrooms for my students, I still felt we needed a bit more in the way of helpful instruction to get the job done.
So to supplement my lessons, I put together my own exercises, often taking references from pop culture in order to engage my students. I design my exercises to include the four components of foreign language learning: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. The world is my classroom, so we explore various strategies of learning and use references that match the learner’s interests, strengths and challenges. We also use the Internet and technology as a tool to make our tasks more fun and interesting.
What takes place in my classroom is a combination of different approaches that I have integrated into the standards of foreign language learning (5 C’s) and Common Core State Standards. In addition I apply major language acquisition theories and practical educational approaches, instructional practices, and strategies; I believe in a communicative classroom, where students interact and exchange information, and allow them to present their findings. My class is interactive; students are the center and I act as a coach to utilize and facilitate learning. I also incorporate content-based approach, differentiated instruction, etc. into my curriculum and instruction to accommodate diverse needs of all learners.
I also try to move away from a pencil and paper exams. Non-traditional assessments allow for the students to express themselves through a variety of mediums while demonstrating a specified skill. Usually I use formative assessment, making learning targets clear and goals achievable while providing individual and class feedback so that students know if they are progressing towards their goals. In keeping with this approach, I allow students multiple attempts to meet a learning target. I keep assessment data in order to track progress and plan for future goals.
I believe that self-oriented teaching promotes learning that is purposeful, high-impact and enduring. As a teacher, it’s my responsibility to know who my learners are, understand the dynamic and flow of my specific group of students, and assess exactly what they can bring to the classroom. This helps me create and work around a curriculum that fits their needs, but leaves enough room to include topics and teaching moments that derive from their self-discovery. By assessing their grasp of the language, I can bridge the gap between what they already know and the goal they hope to achieve. I embrace this method of case-based teaching and other active learning activities since it stimulates intellectual unity, argumentation and critical thinking, along with laying the groundwork for a lasting collaborative practice.
I can bridge the gap between what you already know and the goal they hope to achieve.I can engages you with Arabic. When you are engaged, you want to pay attention to what is going on because your attention and interest are magnetized to what is going on. i can help you to recognizing and implementing your latent powers as a language learner. Samar has over 20 years experience of Teaching, Tutoring and Designing Curriculum. Also she is an award-winning, California-based foreign language instructor and curriculum developer who currently serves as an Arabic instructor at Occidental College and Pasadena Language Center and a lesson developer for Bahrain's International School Services.
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