[P4840] Community Based Learning (CBL), An Instructional Methodology for Attaining Professional Proficiency in Arabic: The CASA Experience

Created by Iman Aziz Soliman
Monday, 11/20/17 3:30pm


This panel presents a model for adopting CBL to develop and foster Arabic language/culture learning at the superior/Distinguished levels. It shares the experience of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) in integrating CBL into its curriculum and gauges students' linguistic, personal and professional benefits from this experience.

The panel comprises five presentations as follows:

1- The first paper presents the What? Why? and How? of the relatively new CBL course: K?s?wiy?n bil? ?ud?d (CASA Without Borders). It emphasizes the significance of meaningful self-directed engagement of CASA students in independent, real world tasks within the target language community in order for them to attain Superior/Distinguished proficiency.
2. The second paper discusses the learner's experience with CASA focusing on how weekly readings and cultural program prepared the presenter for secondary-source and historiographical research in Arabic. It discusses the presenters work-experience as a researcher for a prominent Egyptian historian as part of the CBL program: K?s?wiy?n bil? ?ud?d .
3- The third paper presents the speaker's experience as volunteer in an Egyptian NGO in fulfilment of the CBL requirement of the CASA program. It presents challenges met and emphasizes the cultural and linguistic benefits that could not have been acquired in the classroom. It reflects on the place of CASA without Borders as viewed from the student's perspective.

4. The fourth paper discusses the project entitled "al-Gharib fi as-Sinima" (The Strange in Cinema), which is an online platform that allows Arabic students to gain cultural knowledge and linguistic proficiency through the study of lesser-known Egyptian films. The paper highlights how this project prepared the student for future research on the history of Cold War cultural imperialism and its effect on the development of national cinemas in Egypt and Syria.

5. The fifth paper presents the speaker's experience of volunteering as a geography teacher in a school in the underprivileged area of Establ Antar in Egypt. It shows how his work exposed him to different levels of language variation and exposed him to the culture of the underprivileged. It underscores the role of CBL in developing Professional Arabic/culture proficiency.


Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)





Nevenka Korica

(Harvard University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair;

Iman Aziz Soliman

(American University in Cairo)
Iman A. Soliman, from Egypt, earned her B.A. in Englishliterature from the faculty of Al Alson, Ein Shams University in Cairo. In 2003, she received her Ph.D. in TAFL from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Iman held a number of administrative...
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer;

Nik Nevin

(American University in Cairo)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Chloe Bordewich

(Harvard University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant; Presenter;

Michael Ernst

(Independent Scholar)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Henry Clements

(Yale University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant;