WHAT: Learn how to speak Arabic with renown dancer and linguist Amel Tafsout who has over 35 years of experience teaching Arabic in universities. Limited to 15 students. (Each class will be recorded so you can catch up in case you miss a session.)
Wednesdays July 1st – 29th, 8–9pm EST
Week 1: Verb ‘to have’. Ordering food and drinks.
Song: Amr Diab: Habibi ya Nour al ‘Ain
Week 2: Islamic calendar, days of the week, months. Muslim festivals. Song: Lamma Bada
Week 3: Directions. Shopping, colors, clothes
Song: Umm Kulthum: Enta ‘Omri
Week 4: Body gestures & terms used in dance
Song: Umm Kulthum: Enta ‘Omri
Week 5: Review
Registration ends 15 minutes before the session starts
You will be emailed a Zoom link 10 minutes beforehand
COST: $50, $75, $100
Sliding scale pay what you can
Registration ends 15 minutes beforehand.
You will be emailed a Zoom link 10 minutes beforehand.
WHO: Amel Tafsout is a first source dance master, teacher, and scholar. She is fluent in four languages and is a language instructor in three of them (French, Arabic, and German). After graduating with a B.A. in Algeria she moved to Germany where she pursued German Studies, specializing in Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics, at the University of Frankfurt/M. As part of her M.A. she continued her study of France and French speaking Literature and Linguistics, specializing in Francophone Studies as well as Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic and Farsi). When she moved to London she worked as a language instructor of Arabic, French, and German at various universities such as The London School of Economics, the Central University of London, the School of African and Oriental Studies, the City Lit and many more. Since moving to the United States, she has continued her work as a language instructor. She has taught Arabic to the soldiers in Arkansas and Oregon who were leaving for Iraq. In 2010, she continued her study in Romance languages and Anthropology at the University of Oregon and she graduated with an M.A in 2012.
Amel has more than 35 years of teaching experience, beginning with teaching German in Algeria and then French and Arabic in Germany. From teaching higher education students in the U.K. and U.S., to teaching a range of ages starting at age 14. She has taught business community members, seniors, fashion students in London, and National Guard Soldiers. Amel has been particularly involved in new methods of language teaching (audio-visual methods, computer and video aided learning) and in teaching French Language and Literature and Standard Arabic (Iraqi, Egyptian, Algerian, and Levantine among other dialects). In the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amel finds herself teaching classes virtually. In addition to the use of textbooks, she develops her own teaching materials (internal textbook for the University of North London, and also for the students of French level two at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon, U.S.) In her teaching, the focus is firmly on helping students acquire language skills and refine their use of the foreign language, as well as accessing tools to better understand another society. Amel published many articles in various magazines in Europe and the United States.