Samia Montasser سامية منتصر
In one of the conferences a head of a program, said when we
were introduced “So, you are Samia Montasser. What is the secret
of your success?” I replied “I LOVE my job”. When I
started teaching Arabic as a foreign language I felt I finally found
what I was looking for and decided to devote my life to the teaching of
this beautiful language following the saying “Learn Arabic and
Started working for the United Nations in 2001, introduced
many changes and new classes. With the help of teachers the program has
taken a noticeable turn.
I am a native of Cairo, Egypt. I did undergraduate and
graduate studies at Al-Azhar University, oldest working university in
the world, in English literature, Linguistics and Translation and
worked there until being assistant-Professor. I worked also as a free
lance translator at the Egyptian Broadcasting Services and many
companies in Cairo and America. I did graduate studies in Linguistics
and Translation at Bath University England, and Georgetown University
in Washington DC, USA.
I taught Arabic in many institutes and universities in
Washington DC such as The Foreign Service Institute and the American
University. I taught also at the School of Advanced International
Studies “SAIS”, Johns Hopkins University, and in 1992 I
started the Arabic Language Program at the George Washington University
in and was the coordinator until I joined the UN. I also taught several
summers at Middlebury College, Vermont. During my career, I won many
awards for excellence in teaching, among them name on the list of 2000
“Who’s Who in American Teaching”.
I co-authored and published a book with a CD-Rom
“Al-Qaari' AD-Dawli, Arabic International Reader” for
intermediate and advanced students, and reviewed books and CD-Rom
programs teaching Arabic. Member of many associations among them Middle
East Studies Association “MESA” and “Association of
American Teachers of Arabic”, served on the board of the latter
for two years.
Thouria Benferhat ثريا بن فرحات
Holds a Masters' Degree in TESOL and Bilingual
Education (Arabic-English) from Georgetown University,
Did Teacher Training at the University of Massachusetts
Taught Arabic and French at the World Trade Center
Institute and Michel-Thomas Language Centers.
Taught French at The Juilliard School of Music,
New York City.
Has been teaching Arabic at the United Nations
Performed the tasks of the Arabic Language Coordinator
at the United Nations Arabic Language Program
for a total of about 5 years.
Developed and maintains a website for students
in the United Nations Arabic Language Program:
http://www.tbenferhat.wordpress.com (former http://www.unatb.org)
Served on mission assignment in Baghdad, Iraq,
Jalileh Atut جليلة عطعوط
I joined the United Nations Arabic Language Program
in the late seventies, teaching the different
regular courses and special courses.
I started my career by teaching Arabic Language
and Islamic studies in a high school at hometown,
Tulkarem, Jordan for several years, then in Kuwait
for three years.
In addition to teaching in the Program at the
United Nations, I participate in program structure,
examinations, and all activities required from
all teachers. At one point, I also designed and
taught a translation course for UN translators,
and co-authored and designed the UN textbooks.
Outside the United Nations, I established and
developed an Arabic language teaching program
for Farleigh Dickenson University Teaneck Campus,
New Jersey, and taught there for some years. I
also taught Arabic at the New School University
in Manhattan, New York.
As well, I participated in developing the Arabic
language teaching program at Al-Ghazaly school
in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Suad Mohamed سعاد محمد
My passion and love for teaching Arabic is tied
to my love of my culture, people and identity.
I am a native of Yemen and have been an avid teacher
of Arabic language and culture for the past Thirty
years. I was appointed at the UNITED NATIONS program
in 1991 and since then I felt that I have found
my niche in the Big Apple. I have taught as well,
as a part time at the CITY UNIVERSITY of NEW YORK
at CCNY and JJAY College along with the NEW SCHOOL
and the NYU for professional studies and continuing
education, after already having a rewarding career
teaching Arabic in Aden, Yemen.
In addition to my teaching at the UN as a part
time, I work currently as a full time Lecturer,
teaching Arabic at MEALAC department at COLUMBIA
There were always opportunities to work on projects
and write books, but my first love has always
been teaching. I am a people person. I am happy
in and belong in the classroom. Certainly, my
BA and Master’s studies in Psychology have contributed
to my vision and approach in my interactions with
my students. I’ve learned a great deal, and continue
to learn, from my students, my colleagues and
other teachers developing better skills and renewing
my methods. All in all, it’s been a deeply, fulfilling
journey. I am deeply connected to my work and
there’s never been a dull moment in my busy schedule.
Joined the United Nations Language and Communications
program in September 1991.
He has been involved in the Arabic language teaching
profession since 1980 as a teaching assistant
in Al-Alsun Faculty, Ain Shams University (Cairo,
After his arrival to the United States in 1986,
as he participated in different Arabic language
institutes prior to joining the United Nations
as a part time teacher. He is the founder and
director of The Arabic Language Institute in Queens,
NY, he teaches there as well.
Ahmed is also an active member of Arab-American
media since 1995 producing and presenting cultural
programs. As well, he is the founder and Editor-In-Chief
of the Arab-American newspaper Al-Shorouq.
Ahmed has written a myriad number of articles
and poems in many different Arab and Arab-American
newspapers and magazines. He has a poetry collection
Ahmed is continuing his graduate studies at The
American-Islamic University in Virginia.
Ahmed loves his teaching field, especially his
experience with the languages program at the United
Maysa Hayward مايسة أبو يوسف – هيوارد
I was born and raised
in Egypt. Taught at Cairo University and the American University in
Cairo. In the USA, Indiana U of PA and Slippery Rock U PA. Currently, I
am an associate professor in Ocean College NJ and I
coordinate a pilot program in Middle Eastern Studies. I teach Arabic
Literature, culture, and history. The motto I use at the end of my
email messages is a simple question and answer: How can you get the
best out of your students? Love them, respect them, and treat them as
your treasure. I think this idea applies to all situations, not just my
classroom. My doctoral dissertation on translation theory,
Transformance, looks at ways readers can be transformed as one culture
interacts with another. Love and respect for all people, all cultures,
is a necessary part of this dynamic. If we treasure our dialogues with
others we are able to help one another grow and expand our vision of
the possible. This is my creed as a teacher and as a person.