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.
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 offered in the past four years.
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ARLA8100 - Elementary Arabic I
ARLA8101 - Elementary Arabic I
ARLA8150 - Elementary Arabic II
ARLA8151 - Elementary Arabic II
ARLA8285 - Topics in Arabic:CurrentEvents
ARLA8290 - Topics in Arab Culture
This course examines six key areas of relevance to the contemporary Arab world. Students will have an opportunity to work both individually and collaboratively while researching, analyzing and synthesizing information based on the six topics as follows:
Migration, Displacement and Immigration
Impact of Globalization on Arab Culture
Activism and the Arts in the Arab World
Contemporary Arab Writers
Education and Economic Opportunity
Tradition and Modernity: Stability and Change
Fall 2015 - MIIS
ARLA8332 - Understanding the Arab World
Ahlan wa sahlan! This course offers students a focused exploration of key issues that have affected the Arab society in recent history through the present day. Using case studies from specific countries as well as a variety of authentic materials, students will gain understanding through research, discussion, analysis, class activities, and projects.
The class will be conducted in Arabic, and student projects will be completed in Modern Standard Arabic. Students will be required to complete a variety of short exercises, unit quizzes and writing assignments as well as a final audiovisual presentation.
Spring 2016 - MIIS
ARLA8363 - Activism & Arab Civil Society
ARLA8364 - ContempIssues US/ArabRelations ▹
Spring 2017 - MIIS
ARLA8390 - US/EU Polices in MENA Region
ARLA8394 - TopicsInSecurity&IntlRelations
In this course, we will examine interconnections between complex security concerns and the rapidly changing political environment of the contemporary Arab world. We will also address the role of the international community and specifically European/American foreign policies toward the MENA region.
Fall 2015 - MIIS
FRLA8280 - Maghrebis,ID&IntegratnInFrance
MAGHREBIS, ID AND INTEGRATION IN FRANCE
Please note : this class is 6 hours of instruction per week for 4 credits
In this course we will examine the status of and issues pertaining to first and second-generation Maghrebis living in France. Among the themes covered are:
- Inter-relations between French-born Maghrebis and the broader French society (including other immigrant groups living in France)
- Issues of identity and cultural preservation among Maghrebi immigrants
- Maghrebis in the French job market: issues of opportunity, unemployment and workplace discrimination
- The role of arts and popular culture in preserving and reshaping Maghrebi identity in France
- Maghrebi views and voices on issues of religion and secularism in France
- Additional topics related to Maghrebis in France: educational opportunity, changes to family structure and gender roles, youth culture, political protest, linguistic assimilation
Students in FRLA 8280 will gain proficiency in all target language skill areas: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. Course materials are created by the professor. There is no assigned text for this course.
Required language proficiency : ACTFL proficiency guidelines : « Intermediate Mid » + placement by professor + conversation with professor + strong motivation and discipline
Fall 2015 - MIIS
FRLA8289 - France and the Arab World
Over the past 75 years, the world has experienced widespread changes propelled by interrelated political, economic, social and environmental events and processes. This course will provide tools with which students can question, unpack and analyze the complex developments of this time period. Specifically, we will examine the major geopolitical upheavals as well as less dramatic transitions resulting from colonialism, independence, civil war, oil economies, globalization, and other key factors.
Students will gain proficiency in all target language skill areas: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. Course materials are created by the professor. There is no assigned text for this course.
Spring 2016 - MIIS
FRLA8436 - Politics&Religion North Africa ▹
Politics and Religion in North Africa
This course examines the role of Islam in modern North African history, politics, and culture. We will focus on the Maghreb region (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania) and Egypt. This course addresses key issues such as the role of religion in the struggle for independence, the role of Muslim reformists in preserving national identity during colonization, the relationship between post-independence nation-states and Islamic movements, and political Islam during the Arab uprisings and post-Arab spring.
Recommended language proficiency: minimum Advanced Mid-level on the ACTF proficiency scale.
Spring 2017 - MIIS