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Office Location
IIRC Building 2
Monterey, CA 93940

Email Address
aberrahmoun@miis.edu

Phone Number
831-647-6500

Language(s)
العربية
Français

Abdelkader Berrahmoun

Assistant Professor


Abdelkader Berrahmoun hails from Oran, Algeria in North Africa. After completing a B.A. in Philosophy from Oran University in 1991, he left Algeria to pursue a master’s degree at Creteil University in Paris, France.

Following his studies in France, Abdelkader arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, where he began his career as a language professor- teaching both French and Arabic throughout the greater Boston area. He taught at Boston University, Emmanuel College, the Boston Language Institute, Bunker Hill Community College, Salem State University, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. From 2009 to 2013, Abdelkader served as Lecturer in Arabic at Smith College, Amherst College, and Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts. There, Abdelkader worked actively to expand students’ awareness of Arabic language, culture, history, literature and current events, through traditional and innovative teaching approaches. Among his accomplishments, Abdelkader initiated projects including an Arabic blog, video podcasting, digital storytelling, an Arabic film series, and a schedule of panel discussions and guest lectures. Abdelkader also launched “Oasis” – a live Arabic radio show broadcast by students. In 2013, Abdelkader organized the first-ever Arabic Cultural Festival at Smith College – an event that drew hundreds of students and community members to the campus.

Now at MIIS as Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies, Abdelkader continues his efforts to promote understanding, analysis, and dialogue about the Arab world. Outside of the classroom, he has co-organized an Arabic film series, and written for the Al Jazeera “Learning Arabic” blog. In 2013 he presented guest speaker Jamal Dajani – Peabody award-winning news producer, journalist, filmmaker and Middle East analyst - for a lecture on the power and changing role of media in the Arab world.

Abdelkader’s areas of expertise and research interests include pedagogy of language acquisition, integration of technology and cultural studies into the language curriculum, conflict and peace in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region, the history of colonialism and its aftermath in North Africa, socio-political and economic roots of popular uprisings in the Arab world, and political Islam.

Expertise

Pedagogy of language acquisition, integration of technology and cultural studies into the language curriculum, conflict and peace in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region, the history of colonialism and its aftermath in North Africa, socio-political and economic roots of popular uprisings in the Arab world, and political Islam

Courses

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ARLA 8214 - Arabic Speaking Countries I      

This course will be a study of the basic information related to the Arab world and Middle East. The course focuses on enhancing abilities to communicate personal meaning effectively and satisfy personal needs and social demands to survive in an Arabic-speaking environment. Students acquire the ability to describe fluently themselves, their homes, towns, countries, provide and request basic information, and talk about their daily activities, jobs, education, interests and personal preferences, as well as physical and social needs, such as food, shopping, travel and lodging.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8228 - SurvivlLangSklsArabicCountries      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8234 - Arabic Speaking Countries II      

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8242 - ArabicSpeakingCountriesInDepth      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8251 - Religion/EthnicGroups-ArabWrld      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8252 - Arabic Media      

Arabic Media is a course that is designed for students at the intermediate level. It introduces the language of print, internet, TV news media to students of Arabic and provides them with the basic skills and vocabulary required for understanding the language of newspapers, magazines, television, and internet news. It will cover a wide range of topics such as business, politics, current events, society, culture, and environment.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8494 - US & EU Foreign Polices      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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Abdelkader Berrahmoun