Abdelkader Berrahmoun

First Name
Abdelkader
Last Name
Berrahmoun
abdelkader-berrahmoun
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Location
IIRC Building 2
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831-647-6500
Language(s)
العربية
Français

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.

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

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ARLA 8210 - Intro to Intermediate Arabic I      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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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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Rana Issa

First Name
Rana
Last Name
Issa
rana_issa
Job Title
Lecturer
Location
McCone Building 235
Phone
831.647.4601

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.

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ARLA 8210 - Intro to Intermediate Arabic I      

Fall 2010 - MIIS

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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.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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ARLA 8231 - Exploring the Arab World I      

This course will be a study of the basic information needed to explore the different regions and cultures that exist in the Arab world and the Middle East. The course will focus on enhancing students’ skills and abilities in using the Arabic language to be able to survive in the Arab World.

Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8234 - Arabic Speaking Countries II      

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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ARLA 8251 - Religion/EthnicGroups-ArabWrld      

Fall 2013 - 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 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS

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ARLA 8254 - BasicInfo:Arab SpkngCountries      

Fall 2010 - MIIS

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ARLA 8256 - Arabic Speaking Countries III      

Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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ARLA 8281 - Media in the Arab World      

Fall 2011 - MIIS

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ARLA 8288 - The Levantine Culture(s)      

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8300 - Advanced Arabic I      

Summer 2012 Language Programs

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ARLA 8301 - Advanced Arabic I      

Summer 2012 Language Programs

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ARLA 8310 - The Arab Spring      

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8312 - Events in the Arab World      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8333 - Arabic Media II      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8490 - IntrcltrlCmptnc4PersnlProfnlDv      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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ICCO 9490 - IntrcltrCmptnc4PersnlProfDvARB      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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Expertise

Arabic language, Arabic culture

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Education

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

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

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MIIS Student’s Humorous Newsletters to Friends Published in Book

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First year MPA student James Reavis kept in touch with the friends he made during the Summer Intensive Language Program in Arabic at the Monterey Institute in 2006 by sending out regular email newsletters.   Those newsletters became a cultural phenomenon during his time in law school and were recently published in a book by Carolina Academic Press.

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Mahmoud I. Abdalla

First Name
Mahmoud
Last Name
Abdalla
mahmoud-i-abdalla
Job Title
Associate Professor
Location
IIRC Building 7
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA
Phone
831.647.4607
Language(s)
svenska

Mahmoud Abdalla earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in applied linguistics at Essex University and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. He has taught and lectured extensively on linguistics, Arabic language, and Arab culture and media in several universities and academic institutions in Egypt, Europe, and the United States. He was previously the academic director of the Arabic Language Flagship Program and the coordinator of the Arabic Program in the Department of Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University.

Expertise

Arabic language, Arab culture and media, linguistics, second language acquisition, language culture and identity.

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ARBC 6698 - Language Practicum      

This is a one unit course which is designed to give graduate students an opportunity to reflect on Arabic pedagogical theories and become familiar with a range of teaching strategies and techniques. The course includes class observation, lesson planning, a micro-teaching component and actual teaching demonstrations of the language skills. Students are required to conduct interviews with professional instructors during which they discuss the best practices as well as problems encountered in teaching the beginning, intermediate and advanced college level Arabic classes. To address the linguistic phenomenon of diglossia, students will practice teaching Arab dialect(s) alongside the formal varieties of the language. The course is offer in the last summer session towards the completion of the Master’s degree.

Summer 2013

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ARLA 8263 - Cultur/ComMedArabcSpkCountries      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8270 - Intro to the Arabic World      

Fall 2010 - MIIS

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ARLA 8290 - Topics in Arab Culture      

Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8305 - Soc &Culture in Arab Countries      

Fall 2010 - MIIS

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ARLA 8320 - Development of Arab Mass Media      

SThe course will offer an overview of the history of Arab mass media and the role they play in contemporary Arab society. Students will read, watch and analyze authentic materials from various Arab newspapers, magazines, satellite TV stations, online programs, cinema and the like. Students will be exposed to discourse that is presented in Modern Standard Arabic and dialects.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8331 - ModernEgypt &Role in ArabWorld      

Students who enroll in this course will study Egypt’s leading role in the region. The curse will focus on the political and social changes that affect this role. This will be done through reading a collection of literary works, historical texts and current editorials and articles. Students will also watch and discuss documentary films that shed light on the problems that Egypt encounters.

Spring 2011 - MIIS

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ARLA 8332 - Understanding the Arab World      

Fall 2010 - MIIS

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ARLA 8335 - Events in the Middle East      

Fall 2011 - MIIS

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ARLA 8341 - Economy of the Middle East      

The course focuses on the economic development in the Middle East. It will also focus on the effect of Arab Spring on contemporary Arab society including social justice and economic growth. The commercial, financial and business relations between the Arab World and regional and international organizations will be discussed in this class. Students will practice using the target language in activities and tasks that include interviewing local businessmen, preparation of business proposals and designing blogs or websites that provide useful information about how to do business in the Middle East.

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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ARLA 8343 - Glblizatn/Dvlpmnt InMiddleEast      

Fall 2012 - MIIS

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ARLA 8352 - Arab American Relations      

Fall 2011 - MIIS

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ARLA 8373 - ChangesInContmpraryArabSociety      

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8384 - Events in the Middle East II      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8385 - Lang/ID:RoleSoclMediaArabWorld      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8392 - Nat'l ID &Women's Status,M.E.      

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8393 - Politcs&Scurity-MultipolarWrld      

This course will be a part of a larger Monterey Model curriculum arrangement, which will consist of three groups of students specializing in Arabic, Chinese and Russian languages and Area studies. The Monterey Model curriculum will be devised in a way that would allow students from different language groups and areas of expertise to come together several times during the semester in order to exchange their views and acquired knowledge pertinent to selected themes. Students, professors and invited distinguished experts will be discussing differences in public, media and governmental views related to important international events and role of languages in regional politics. An effort will be made to integrate various approaches to better understand domestic politics and foreign relations through cultural, historical and political discourse. Students will watch jointly news broadcasts in Arabic, Chinese and Russian in order to better grasp the role of mass media in China, Russia and Middle East. Students will acquire practical skills of working with interpreters and will prepare their own presentations for some plenary sessions where they will have to rely on assistance of interpreters to generate the discussion of their topics. The joint coordinated curriculum will consist of the following topics:

1. Overview. Ethnic groups and minorities. Concepts of territory, geography, security.

2. Islam in country specific case studies. Political movements rooted in Islam. Religion and State in country specific case studies.

3. Security. Terrorism. Border Issues.

4. Language specific themes, for example: Arab Spring: media coverage, History and Present of Russian-Chinese diplomatic collaboration, Mutual perceptions : case studies of Chinese business and China’s economic presence in Northern Africa, Role of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Chinese, Russian, Arabic media strategies covering several key political events, Differences and similarities in patterns of civil unrest and political/economic consequences in China, Russia and Arabic speaking countries.

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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ARLA 8394 - TopicsInSecurity&IntlRelations      

Spring 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8397 - Arab-African Relations      

Fall 2012 - MIIS

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