Cairo University and Paris VIII (French literature)
University of Virginia (Master's)
3204 Old Brookewood Court (Master's)
This my eleven year teaching and tutoring Arabic in Universities in all levels (William and Mary and VCU. 2- Received an intensive training At Austin University and received a diploma 3- Received a diploma in interpretation from Arabic to English and Vice Versa. And I served as interpreter for Henrico Court.
I taught all levels, from elementary to advanced, conversation, grammar and writing classes, literature and cinema. My rate for tutoring is reasonable. I truly enjoy seeing studying learning and progressing that is the best satisfaction.
I believe it is important to know each student’s level from the first day of class by assessing them indirectly in order to find their areas of weakness. Therefore, I always asked students on the first day of class to introduce themselves in French and to explain why they were learning French at UVA. This allowed me to assess their listening and their conversational skills and to assess their writing and grammar skills. I asked them to write a paragraph in French about their own expectations in this class. Also, during the first class session, I explained my teaching methods and policies. I explained that it is ok to make mistakes, because they are learning a new language just like a second grader who will tumble and fall but will keep trying. Indeed, it is all about the effort they put in their preparation for class on a daily basis.
If they come prepared for class by memorizing the vocabulary and preparing the grammar and writing questions about pronunciation problems or grammar points, they become more attuned to the class and participate more. Part of their preparation is to do the assigned exercises and check the answer key that I post on the Black Board so they can correct their work. If they did not understand why they made a mistake they also can ask me questions in class or during office hours.
After reviewing their questions I explain the rules and reinforce them with more activities in class. But first, I quiz them in the preparation and the exercises with a pop quiz. During the activities I pair the weak or shy students with the strong ones and ask them all to participate. One of my golden rules is that no student should correct another student during oral activities.
First students try to correct themselves and if they truly struggle I give them a hint and if they continue to struggle the rest of the class can raise their hands if they know the answer. Also because a large percentage of students are visual learners I typically ask students to write their answers on the board and if they make a mistake again they get a chance to correct themselves. My students love this method, because they can get a chance to correct themselves; they see other students making mistakes so they get less anxious and they learn from each other’s mistakes.
I also take them to the lab for different activities. To enhance their conversation skills they are assigned a partner for the rest of the semester to present assigned dialogues. As for their writing skills they have to write two drafts of compositions (first and final draft). When I correct their compositions I never correct students’ mistakes. Rather, I circle them and use coded symbols that I post on the Black Board to let them correct their mistakes and in this manner they will typically not repeat them. If students still struggle with their composition, they meet with me one-on-one to help them edit their composition. I always share common errors with the class and encourage the whole class to find the correct answers.
For cultural presentations, I suggest to my students a topic, such as French or Francophone regions, geography, history, cuisine, art, cinema, etc. Students vote for the topics.
Through mutual trust and communication and through praising their efforts in and outside the class, shy students in my French classes at UVA raised their hands and went to the board and some of them became majors or minors in French.
When I was observed by my director for the first intermediate French class I taught as a TA at UVA, my class was videotaped and put on the French department website along with my students’ works. My students believed in me and I believed in them. They selected me the Best TA of the year and I was honored in a reception.
My successful teaching experience at UVA provided a solid foundation for me at all the other universities (in small and large classes) where I taught. I revisit my teaching methods every year, as well as my tests and my exams, to ensure that students remain motivated and engaged in class.
In my fifteen years of teaching experience, I have had many students who have so much on their shoulders –– they work full time or have hardships to deal with. They become mentally absent in class.
These students need to be heard. I ask them to speak with me outside the class to find out if they are OK and I follow up after class to encourage them to come to my office to talk to me if they need someone to listen to them. They usually come and strive to do better because they know someone cares about them. When students know we care about them, they will invest triple the effort and they even show appreciation. That is my greatest satisfaction as an educator –– to see them learning and putting effort into their studies. Teaching with care, patience, passion and creativity is all it takes and, of course, by revisiting, assessing and renewing our teaching style through research, workshops, reading and student and self-evaluations.
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This my eleventh year teaching and tutoring Arabic in universities in all levels (William and Mary and VCU). I received an intensive training at Austin University and received a diploma. I received a diploma in interpretation from Arabic to English and vice versa. I served as interpreter for Henrico Court.