Teaching

TEACHING

I have taught courses in, foreign languages, Education, and cultural studies including courses of ESL, ASL (Arabic for Specific Purposes), literature, grammar, conversation, etc.

I have a great passion for teaching. It has always been part of my life since childhood. At a very early age I knew what I would like to have as a profession. Therefore, I pursed my education in Applied Linguistics and Educational psychology in order to learn the best theories and practices of how to become an effective teacher.

I am a dedicated educator and researcher. I strive to be the best I can in academia. As a teacher I am constantly reading and doing research to implement innovative and interactive educational tools and strategies that help motivate my students and increase their knowledge gain. I also enjoy integrating technology into teaching to increase engagement and motivation. I make every effort to better train my students to become responsible learners and enhance their communicative competence. I believe my diverse educational background in applied linguistics, educational psychology and research equipped me with the necessary knowledge to become a successful teacher.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Instructor, Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures (Fall 2010- Present).
    Since I've been at Texas Tech, here are the courses I've taught:
    • Courses developed:
      • ARAB 3305: Introduction to Arab Muslim Civilization in cooperation with Dr. Hafid Gafaiti. (Spring 2011).
      • ARAB 3305: Introduction to Arab Muslim Civilization in a new format- ONLINE (Fall 2012)
      • ARAB 3301: Advanced Spoken Standard Arabic
    • Courses under development
      • ARAB 33xx: Arabic cinema
    • Courses taught in Foreign languages:
      • ARAB 1502-001 (Spring 2014)
      • ARAB 1502-002 (Spring 2014
      • ARAB 3305 (Fall 2013)
      • ARAB 2302-001 (Spring 2013)
      • ARAB 1502-002 (Spring 2013)
      • ARAB 2301-002 (Fall 2012)
      • ARAB 3305-002 (Fall 2012)
      • ARAB 1502-002 (Spring 2012)
      • ARAB 1522-003 (Spring 2012)
      • ARAB 3305 co-teaching (Fall 2011)
      • ARAB 1502-001 (Fall 2011)
      • ARAB1502-003 (Fall 2011)
      • ARAB 1502-001 (Spring 2011)
      • ARAB 1502-003 (Spring 2011)
      • ARAB 4300-001 (Spring 2011, Supervising)
      • ARAB 1501-001 (Fall 2010)
      • ARAB 1501-002 (Fall 2010)
  • Graduate Part Time Instructor (GPTI), College of Education, Texas Tech University (2008 – 2010)
    Major responsibilities:
    • Teaching an undergraduate course about Adolescence, schooling cognition, learning and instructional design.
    • Design a WebCT online courses used in combination with face to face class format.

    Courses taught in Teacher Education:

    I have taught the same course about schooling and the adolescent, EDSE 4310: Learning, Cognition and Instructional Design, (Spring 2008 – to Summer 2010).

    • EDSE 4310: Learning, Cognition and Instructional Design (Spring 2008)
    • EDSE 4310: Learning, Cognition and Instructional Design (Fall 2009)
    • EDSE 4310: Learning, Cognition and Instructional Design (SI 2009)
    • EDSE 4310: Learning, Cognition and Instructional Design (SII 2009)
    • EDSE 4310: Learning, Cognition and Instructional Design (Fall 2009)
    • EDSE 4310: Learning, Cognition and Instructional Design (Spring 2010)
    • EDSE 4310: Learning, Cognition and Instructional Design (Summer 2010)
  • Instructor of English as a Second Language (ESL), Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University, (Summer 2006 to 2009).
    Major responsibilities:
    • Teaching English as a Second Language.
    • Graduate students’ language training.
    • Teaching instructional strategies and classroom Management at the International Teaching Assistant (ITA’s) workshop.
  • Language Instructor, Texas Tech University (Summer 2007).
    Major responsibilities
    • A one week workshop, teaching cultural diversity and foreign language appreciation to high school at-risk students attending the Upward Bound workshop program for the division of student affairs
  • Graduate Part Time Instructor (GPTI), Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University, (2005-2006).
    Major responsibilities:
    • Designing, and developing a cultural studies curriculum and teaching a minor in Independent studies in Arabic language and culture.
    • Integrating technology into foreign language teaching.
    Classes taught:
    • Arab 2301: section 01(Fall 2005).
    • Arab 4300: Cultural Studies, section 01 (Fall 2005).
    • Arab 2302: section 02 (Spring 2006).
    • Arab 4300: Cultural Studies, section 02 (Spring 2006).
  • Language Instructor, Lubbock Army Reserve, (2006)
    Major responsibilities:
    • A one day intensive language and cultural training for the U.S Marines.
    • Teaching Arabic for survival purposes to U.S soldiers.
    • Teaching the Iraqi spoken and written dialect.
    • Teaching main characteristics of the Iraqi culture.
  • Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA), Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University (2004-2005).
    Major responsibilities:
    • Teaching foreign language, animating language club and laboratory
    • Assisting students with online assignments.
    • Directing the Arabic language club.
    • Assisting a Tech researcher from the department of theatre.
    Classes taught:
    • Arab 2301: section 01(Fall 2004).
    • Arab 4300: Cultural Studies, section 01 (Fall 2004).
    • Arab 2302: section 02 (Spring 2005).
    • Arab 4300: Cultural Studies, section 02 (Spring 2005).
  • Substitute Teacher
    Major responsibilities:
    • A one week substitute teaching both Spanish language (beginner level) and French language classes (intermediate level) Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University (2006).
  • Language Tutor, Tunisia (2000-2004).
    Major responsibilities:
    • Private tutoring English and Arabic content courses.
    • Teaching English in private high school (3 months).

TRANSLATION EXPERIENCE

  • Team Language Supervisor (French), Telemarketing offshore French Company (2003-2004).
    Major responsibilities:
    • Supervise marketing associates.
    • Monitor and assist marketing teams with technical problems.
    • Implement online marketing strategies
  • International group guide and translator for FIFA during the Mediterranean games in Tunisia (English- Arabic) with SES Company (2 months).
  • Part- time translator (English- French) for French Centre of Cooperation (2002-2003)
  • Part-time translator Arabic- English- French for a team of lawyers and engineers (2001-2002).

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS & RECOGNITIONS

  • Best paper Award by an Established Investigator, granted by Division I, by the International American Educational Research Association, AERA Conference: Education in the Professions’, April 2011
  • The Helen DeVitt Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Awards (2009-2010).
  • Dissertation Research Award, Texas Tech University (2010).
  • The Hinch Educational Scholarship granted by the College of Education (2009-2010).
  • TTU Christine Devitt Educational Scholarship granted by Lubbock Area Foundation (2009-2010).
  • The Fallon Educational Scholarship granted by the College of Education (2008-2009).
  • The Dean Scholarship granted by the College of Education (2007-2008).
  • Conference paper recognition granted by The College of Education (2009)
  • The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG): full tuition paid (2007).
  • FULBRIGHT Language Teaching Assistant fellowship (FLTA), granted by the U.S Department of State and the Institute of international Education (IIE) (2004-2005).
  • Recognition as outstanding foreign language class and instructor voted by the Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, TTU for the academic year (2005-2006).

CERTIFICATES

  • Certificate of the Southwest Educational Research Association Recognition of Service (2010).
  • A certificate of Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) granted by the Institute of International Education (IIE), Washington D.C, (2005).
  • Diploma of English Language and literatures (DEUG) (2001).
  • Certificate of Appreciation granted by Texas Tech College of Education for presenting at the 5th annual Texas-NAME conference (2005).
  • Certificates of Appreciation granted by the Office of International Affairs, TTU (2004-2008) for participation in various culturally diverse activities.

WORKSHOPS ATTENDED

  • Teaching portfolio workshop, Texas Tech Learning and Technology Center (TLTC).
  • Endnote software workshop, Texas Tech Teaching Learning and Technology Center (TLTC).
  • Teaching and Learning Workshop: “So you want to be a professor”(TLTC).
  • Blackboard training: workshop using the Learning Module Tool, (TLTC).
  • Teaching and Learning Workshop: Design rather than Redesign: Accessibility in an Online Course for learners with disabilities (TLTC).
  • Teaching and Learning Workshop: the Best Practices of Teaching Ethics (TLTC).
  • SERA workshop 2009, Step-by-step guide to conducting and writing rigorous comprehensive and insightful literature reviews: A Mixed Methods Approach (March 2009).
  • Fulbright Gateway orientation, Lincoln, Nebraska, sponsored by Bureau of Education and cultural Affairs and United States Department of State (Fall 2004).
  • Fulbright Gateway orientation, Washington, D.C, sponsored by United States Department of State and Institute of international Education (Fall 2004).
  • Fulbright Enrichment seminar, New Orleans, sponsored by United States Department of State and Institute of international Education (Spring 2005).
  • The international Teaching Assistant workshop, Lubbock, Texas (Summer 2004).

LANGUAGES

Language Reading Writing Speaking
Arabic Excellent Excellent Excellent
French Excellent Excellent Excellent
English Excellent Excellent Excellent
Spanish Good Average Average
Turkish Beginner Beginner Beginner

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP

  • The Journal of the Texas Association of Teacher Educators
  • The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
  • American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA).
  • Sigma Delta Pi.
  • Pi Delta Phi
  • National Association for Multicultural Education.
  • American Educational Research Association.
  • Southwest Educational Research Association.
  • American Psychological Association.
  • STEM Education.
  • Texas Tech Graduate Student Association.