Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Abdelkader Berrahmoun

Assistant Professor, Summer Intensive Arabic Language Coordinator

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

Course List

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ARLA8100 - Elementary Arabic I      

Summer 2016 Language Programs, Summer 2017 Language Programs

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ARLA8101 - Elementary Arabic I      

Summer 2016 Language Programs, Summer 2017 Language Programs

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ARLA8150 - Elementary Arabic II      

Summer 2016 Language Programs

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ARLA8151 - Elementary Arabic II      

Summer 2016 Language Programs

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ARLA8285 - Topics in Arabic:CurrentEvents      

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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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 2017 - MIIS

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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

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ARLA8363 - Activism & Arab Civil Society      

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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ARLA8390 - US/EU Polices in MENA Region      

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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FRLA8233 - French Reading & Conversation      

FRLA 8233A is designed to expand and improve students’ reading and oral language skills based on accessible, conversational topics.

Seven broad unit themes: arts and entertainment, environment, sports, cuisine, politics/current events, education/careers and travel – will provide material for reading and discussion.

We will draw from a variety of French language sources such as news articles, blogs, film excerpts, interviews and other material to access authentic written and audiovisual narratives.

Along with thematic reading, listening, discussion and class activities, students will interact with guest speakers and participate in several local field trips. Additionally, on a bi-weekly basis, students will write and present a short reflection paper based on the current topic.

Students will have a choice of several culminating interactive projects including a simulated radio show, an interview, a debate or a PowerPoint/digital storytelling presentation.

Through participation in this class, students will:

? Gain fluency in oral reading and verbal expression; improve pronunciation

? Integrate grammatical concepts into spoken language

? Show improvement in both aural and reading comprehension

? Expand topic-related vocabulary
? Improve writing skills

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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FRLA8272 - ?ofIslam,Immigratn&ID,FrnchSoc      

Contemporary France is home to more than 5 million Muslim immigrants - the largest such population in Western Europe. From established multi-generational North African communities to more recent Sub-Saharan, Turkish and Syrian arrivals, Muslim immigration has significantly impacted the changing face of modern France.

Issues of religious practice, cultural and linguistic identity, tradition and assimilation, discrimination, economic mobility, global politics and colonial history are dynamically interwoven throughout the narratives of first and second-generation Muslim immigrants, and the communities they have established within the larger French society.

In FRLA 8272, we will examine the interplay of these and other factors to gain a deeper understanding of Islam, immigration and identity in France.

We will utilize primary sources such as film clips, French print and social media, short autobiographies, and other excerpted material.

Our activities will include guest speaker events, discussions, cultural presentations, media analysis and commentary, and additional short exercises and vocabulary quizzes. Several short written projects (reflection papers, news updates on current events in France) will tie in themes that are relevant to FRLA 8272. A digital portfolio final project will synthesize learning from class topics. The class will be conducted in French, and student projects will be completed in the target language.

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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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

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