Tufts University (Arabic, Spanish)
The American University in Cairo (Graduate Coursework)
Hello! MarHaba! My name is Elley and I'm very passionate about the Arabic language. I am from Northern California, educated in Boston, and I have four years living in the Middle East, in Egypt and Jordan. I speak Arabic fluently as I studied it for five years, and I have extensive experience tutoring students in both high school and college. I speak both Jordanian and Egyptian dialects, as well as Modern Standard Arabic.
Currently, I work as a SUN site manager for Jackson Middle School here in Portland. I get to be the community liaison between Somali-, Arabic-, and Spanish-speaking families in the SW area and the school. I also help run a playgroup for Arabic-speaking families with young kids. Educational equity is a big passion of mine.
I also work on a seasonal basis for Where There Be Dragons, a professional guiding company with a focus on cultural immersion. I lead a group of 12 high school students to Jordan each summer, and during the school year I travel to different high schools as a guest speaker and sometimes substitute teacher. I love tutoring and teaching Arabic because I can't think of a better way to spread mutual understanding and help students see new perspectives on the world. Studying Arabic myself completely changed the way I see the world, and I love facilitating that for others as well.
As a teacher, I am funny, engaging, and supportive. My Arabic lessons are focused on experiential learning, using a textbook as a supplement, and not a foundation, for the language. That means interactive games, tricks, and lots of outside-the-box methods for learning things like grammar, the alphabet, and speaking. I also like to incorporate real-life language examples, like billboard ads, excerpts from Facebook and other social media, and snippets from TV shows or movies. I think that the best way to learn to speak is to use real-life resources!
Are you interested in learning Arabic? Are you intrigued by Arabic-speaking countries and want to hear more? Do you just want to sit and discuss current events? Please don't hesitate to reach out! I live in Portland and have a somewhat flexible schedule so I can ideally work around your classes or extracurricular activities. I would love to hear from you! Hello! MarHaba! My name is Elley and I'm very passionate about the Arabic language. I am from Northern California, educated in Boston, and I have four years living in the Middle East, in Egypt and Jordan. I speak Arabic fluently as I studied it for five years, and I have extensive experience tutoring students in both high school and college. I
Hourly rate is negotiable based on location and amount of prep work desired for lessons.
I have studied Arabic for five years and lived in an Arabic-speaking country for over three years, in both Jordan and Egypt. While I was completing my undergraduate degree, I was TA-ing a high school Arabic class and tutoring for lower levels of Arabic at my university. Since graduating four years ago, I have worked consistently in education, from teaching Arabic full-time to leading trips to Jordan with high school students. My tutoring methods focus on experiential learning, incorporating alternative pedagogy, and conversation. I also have experience teaching and tutoring the alphabet and more complex Arabic grammar.