Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Rana Issa

Lecturer

Rana Issa is specialized in teaching Arabic language and culture and teaches courses such as Arabic, Arabic Speaking Countries, and Media in the Arabic World. She has extensive experience coordinating language programs, translating documents, and working in a professional Arabic-speaking environment.

Rana has received the Commandant Coin of Excellence for superior dedication to teaching and curriculum development in the Defense Language Institute.

Expertise

Arabic language, Arabic culture

Education

MA, Teaching Foreign Languages (Arabic), Monterey Institute of International Studies, May 2011 Candidate

BA, Business Administration, University of Balamand, Elkoura, Lebanon

Course List

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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 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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ARLA 8251 - Religion/EthnicGroups-ArabWrld      

This course explores the diversity of the Middle East with a focus on religion and ethnic groups. The course addresses, modern history; basic beliefs and practices; identity; religion and politics; culture and tradition.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - 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.

Spring 2016 - MIIS, Spring 2017 - MIIS

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ARLA 8312 - Events in the Arab World      

CURRENT EVENTS IN THE ARAB WORLD

This course provides an opportunity for students to explore the current events taking place in the Middle East in a unique fashion that combines history, politics, and culture. Throughout the course, we will look at a variety of written documents and visual media in order to deepen our understanding of the Middle East. The ultimate objective of this course is to build the background knowledge and critical skills necessary for students to engage in more nuanced and informed discussions about the Middle East.

Student input is expected to influence potential units and topics to round out the course.

Students are expected to use complex grammatical structures and actively controlled vocabulary base to carry out conversations and write compositions on a variety of familiar topics. In the writing skill, students are expected to write paragraphs utilizing the most frequently used syntactic structures. Moreover, they should be competent in reading and understanding primary source Arabic materials of limited complexity on familiar subjects.

The goals of this class, again, are to help you increase your vocabulary, develop your four skills especially the spoken and the written one, and to complete the mastery of the fundamental syntactical and morphological structures which the instructor deems to be essential to an understanding of modern literary Arabic.

Driven by the focus on communicative proficiency and the goal of functional competency, this class is designed to build on the Arabic communicative language skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competence using a variety of vocabulary drills, grammar activities and conversation task assignments.

It is an integrated course, including study of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and some Media Arabic. There will be a heavy focus on the authentic materials.

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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ARLA 8321 - Middle East After Arab Spring      

Massive outpourings of Tunisians in December 2010 represented at first genuine popular protests against rotten regimes, total power of the ruling elites, corruption, unemployment, social injustice, and the expanding gap between rich and poor segments of the society.

After almost 5 years since the beginning of the so-called “Arab Spring,” which for many turned suddenly into “winter”, what did the wind of change bring? This course will explore some of the challenges the Arab revolutions are facing such as the rise of authoritarianism and religious extremism, massive displacements, the emergence of multiple regional civil wars, mounting regional instability, economic and demographic decline of Arab countries, and ethno-religious sectarian strife.

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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ARLA 8344 - Devlopment&SecurityInArabWorld      

This class addresses how security – or lack of—affects development, especially the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

The international community has been engaged in many global social problems. One of these problems is the growing level of insecurity and armed violence that is preventing and interfering with desperately needed economic, social and political development, especially in fragile states emerging from conflict.

This course explores the following:

1. Human security: lack of freedom, injustice, forced (im)migrations

2. Proliferation of small and light arms in conflict and post conflict zones

3. Disarmament, demobilization and reinsertion of ex-combatants

4. Gender violence and inequality

5. Good governance / Ethical spending of public funds

Spring 2016 - MIIS

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ARLA 8398 - Security & Refugees      

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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