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    Mr. Nasser Isleem

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    Senior Lecturer in Arabic
    New West 215




    Professional biography

    I have taught Arabic language since 2003 at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and Meredith College, and since 2009 at Durham Technical Community College.  In 2012-13, I taught at New York University in Abu Dhabi as a senior Arabic language instructor. I became a certified ACTFL OPI tester in 2010.

    I believe in filling the educational experience in class with energy, humor, and variety, thus promoting a positive and vital learning environment. The immersion experience is not always easy for students having their first encounter with this method of language instruction. I believe in putting students at ease so that even the most timid learner is involved. I strive to teach without teaching, I mentor my students, and I always aim to expand my students’ cultural awareness.

    I am also deeply committed to offering training to Arabic language lecturers to help them better realize their potential through the integration of culture in language teaching. I am interested in the incorporation of culture into Arabic language teaching through the use of songs, proverbs, and other cultural expressions.

    I was named to UNC's oldest and highest honorary society, the Order of the Golden Fleece, for my "contributions to strengthening and expanding the Arabic program. ... Nasser Isleem goes above and beyond to engage his students in unique learning experiences. In addition... Nasser is dedicated to combating stereotypes about Arab and Muslim Americans through his outreach and mentoring of students and extracurricular groups."


    I have participated in many academic conferences, addressing the importance of Arabic culture integration, proverbs, and songs in Arabic language classes. I am a pioneer in applying studies that examine the impact of using songs, proverbs, and other cultural components in teaching Arabic language.


    Tanner University Teaching Award, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2012
    Order of the Golden Fleece, UNC-Chapel Hill, March 2011
    Student Undergraduate Teaching Award, Chancellor’s Award at Carolina, UNC-Chapel Hill, March 2006
    Excellence Award, Al-Iman School, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2003


    ARAB 101: Elementary Arabic I
    ARAB 102: Elementary Arabic II
    ARAB 203: Intermediate Arabic I
    ARAB 204: Intermediate Arabic II



    Popular Proverbs: An Entrance to Palestinian Culture, with DVD. Norwell, MA: Alucen Learning, 2008; revised and reprinted, 2009.

    Colloquial Palestinian Arabic: An Introduction to the Spoken Dialect, with DVD. Norwell, MA: Alucen Learning, 2010.

    Co-authored volumes

    Kalima wa nagham, textbook for beginner learners of Arabic (forthcoming).

    Colloquial Palestinian/Jordanian Arabic, with DVD (forthcoming).

    Perspectives: Arabic Language and Culture in Film. Co-authored with Ainab Alwani and Mbarek Sryfi. Norwell, MA: Alucen Learning, 2009.


    “Uses of Proverbs in the Arabic Language Classroom.” Co-authored with Michael Rulon and Charles Joukhadar. Under review at American Association of Teachers of Arabic (forthcoming)


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