Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Rana Issa


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.


Arabic language, Arabic culture


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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ARLA8214 - 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 2015 - MIIS, Fall 2016 - MIIS

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ARLA8236 - Arab Customs and Traditions      

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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ARLA8251 - Religion/EthnicGroups-ArabWrld      

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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ARLA8252 - 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 2015 - MIIS, Spring 2016 - MIIS

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ARLA8321 - Middle East After Arab Spring      

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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ARLA8344 - 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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