Arabic Language & Culture with Ms. Zeinab Hendawi

About the Salon Series
We invite you to MEI Salon, a series of special events conducted in a casual relaxed setting aimed at making Middle Eastern culture more accessible to everyone. We strip away the academic jargon, and keep things light-hearted and interactive with topics that range from the sublime to the ridiculous.

In the third instalment of our Salon series, we invite you to dive into the fascinating world of Arabic culture with Ms. Zeinab Hendawi.

A long-time teacher of Arabic as a foreign language, Ms. Hendawi will teach us some key Arabic phrases and hand gestures that are used widely in Middle Eastern countries, and the meaning behind them. She will also shed light on some interesting cultural practices unique to Arab communities.

This public talk will be conducted online via Zoom on Wednesday, September 2, from 5 pm to 7 pm (SGT). All are welcome to participate. An e-invite will be sent to you closer to the event date.

This event is free, however, registration is compulsory. Please find the link to registration here:

About the Speaker:

Ms. Zeinab Hendawi has a BA in English literature from the University of Aleppo, Syria. She finished her MA in Tasol (Teaching Arabic to Speakers of Other Languages) at the Universal American University in California, USA in 2018. She also has a Tasol Certificate from the Education Canada College in Montreal and a Certificate of Arabic Classroom Professional Development from Aldeen Foundation in Pasadena, Canada.

Hailing from Syria, Ms. Hendawi is a native speaker of Arabic and has excellent communication skills in English. She is well-informed about the theories of foreign language teaching and learning, and highly-versed in teaching Arabic to non-native speakers. Having lived, studied and worked in different countries, she has cross-cultural understanding. She started teaching Arabic at the National University of Singapore’s External Language Programme in July 2018 and has received very positive feedback and teaching evaluations from students.


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