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

Before coming to Dickinson as a Visiting International Scholar in Middle East Studies in 2012, Mohammad Abu Shuleh has worked as an administrator and instructor at Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan since 2004. 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. He received his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Yarmouk University, Jordan. 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. His research and teaching interests focus on Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Education

  • B.A., The University of Jordan, 2000
  • M.A., Al al-Bayt University, Jordan, 2005
  • Ph.D., Yarmouk University, Jordan, 2016

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

ARBI 201 Intermediate Arabic
Introduction to conversation and composition building on the skills developed in 101 and 102. Prerequisite: 102.

ARBI 201 Intermediate Arabic
Introduction to conversation and composition building on the skills developed in 101 and 102. Prerequisite: 102.

ARBI 360 Modern Arabic Literature
This course focuses on Modern Arabic literature and culture, with the passages and materials taken from the following sources: short stories, short plays, modern poetry and passages on tradition and culture. The readings will employ a large number of new vocabulary words, which, along with new rules, sentence structures, and phrases, are designed to improve the linguistic level of each student. The course will emphasize the four main linguistic skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), in both in-class activities and in written homework.

Spring 2017

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 202 and at least one additional course in Media Arabic. Most students will have completed two courses following Arabic 202 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.