Faculty Profile

Mohammad Abu Shuleh

Visiting International Scholar in Middle East Studies (2012)

Contact Information

abushulm@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 10B
717.254.8141

Bio

Since 2004, Mohammad Abu Shuleh has worked as an administrator and instructor at Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan. As the Director of Academic Development at Qasid, Abu Shuleh has played an intricate role in the development of the institute’s teaching materials and training programs. After completing degrees in Islamic Studies at the University of Jordan and Al al-Bayt University, Abu Shuleh enrolled in Yarmouk University where he has completed his coursework for a doctorate in Islamic Banking and Economics. A certified interviewer in the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, Abu Shuleh has received a diploma from the University of Jordan in curriculum development and teaching methods.

Education

  • B.A., The University of Jordan, 2000
  • M.A., Al al-Bayt University (Jordan), 2005

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

ARBI 211 Intermediate Arabic
Introduction to conversation and composition building on the skills developed in 101 and 102. Prerequisite: 102.

ARBI 211 Intermediate Arabic
Introduction to conversation and composition building on the skills developed in 101 and 102. Prerequisite: 102.

ARBI 360 Media Arabic
This course will focus on the development of Arabic skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Modern Standard Arabic. The course objective is to acquire greater proficiency and overall communication skills in accordance with the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Students will broaden their vocabulary, enhance their grammatical knowledge and enrich their cultural understanding through current news stories in the Arab media. The class will include both written reports and oral presentations in Arabic.

Spring 2016

ARBI 202 Intermediate Arabic
Continued development of conversation and composition skills using current political and social events, stories, essays, and other materials as the topics for discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: 201. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

ARBI 202 Intermediate Arabic
Continued development of conversation and composition skills using current political and social events, stories, essays, and other materials as the topics for discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: 201. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

ARBI 360 Topics in Advanced Arabic
This course is for students who have completed Arabic 212 and at least one additional course in Media Arabic. Most students will have completed two courses following Arabic 212 in a study abroad program, and will be at the intermediate high/advanced low level as measured by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The course seeks to improve the overall Arabic skills of the student to understand authentic texts and broadcasts in Arabic, and to engage in a discussion of the content. More specifically, the course will teach Arabic through content focused on diplomacy and international affairs with a goal to advance the student's understanding of both the content and linguistic skills involved in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will be assigned long passages to read, summarize and present the main ideas in class; listening activities with questions to answer and share; group presentations, debates and role-play; and individual projects. Students will develop the ability to narrate in major time frames, compare and contrast, and express an opinion. The class will be conducted primarily in Modern Standard Arabic -- use of English will be discouraged and used minimally.