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Years of experience: 10
“I like teaching and try to make Arabic easier for people willing to learn the language. I believe I have the experience and methods to do so”
Listen & Learn: Please tell us a little about what you teach, and why?
Rasha: I am originally from Syria; most of my work experience is in the media, and becoming a good journalist requires excellent language skills. Arabic is one of the 6 most important languages around the world, spoken in 22 Arab countries. Therefore, my interest in Arabic encouraged me to teach it to foreigners when I was in Syria. I like teaching and try to make Arabic easier for people willing to learn the language. I believe I have the experience and methods to do so.
Listen & Learn: Where did you study, how long have you been teaching, and what age groups do you usually teach?
Rasha: I studied journalism at Damascus University and have been teaching Arabic since 2010. I started with middle school students and native speakers and then started teaching Arabic to beginner, intermediate and upper intermediate foreign students.
Listen & Learn: What do you think a student should bring in to the lesson?
Rasha: As well as their homework, questions, and ideas for activities, I believe students should come full of energy, and put all problems out of their minds in order to enjoy the lessons and see them as a fun mental activity instead of a duty!
Listen & Learn: What do you think is important for the teacher to bring to the lesson?
Rasha: The most important thing for a teacher is to be well prepared for the lesson prior to the class starting. But besides good preparation, teachers should come to class with a smile! Always think of new activities to help motivate the students and make it easier for them to learn. Lastly, a sense of humor is important to mix things up, and to be able to have fun with the students!
Listen & Learn: Do you have a message for your students?
Rasha: As I’m an ESL student myself, I know how difficult it is to learn a new language and can understand the difficulties my students have with Arabic. So, every time I hear one of them complain, I tell them that I am learning a new language too – so no excuses!
Listen & Learn: What are three words that describe you?
Rasha: Smart, patient and friendly!