Sarab Al Ani
Jonas M. Elbousty
|Shiri T. Goren
Sarab Al Ani is a Senior Lector in Arabic. Her current research interests focus on using technology for language teaching, overcoming challenges that face students of Arabic in the US, and the means to achieve desired language skills with minimum of difficulty, in addition to optimum methods of testing. Her teaching at Yale ranges from Beginner Arabic to a course on Modern Arabic Political Thought. Amongst other areas of Arabic language she has taught are courses on Business Arabic, Modern Arabic Narrative, Modern Arabic Poetry, Media Arabic, Iraqi Dialect, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Arabic classes.
She is currently enrolled in the Post Graduate program of Foreign Language Pedagogy at Columbia University in New York City with a focus on teaching and testing Arabic in the US. Recently organized workshops include: “ACTFL’s Language for the 21st Century: Practical Applications” (Summer 2014) and “Arabic Online Testing with OWL” (Fall/Spring 2014). Her most recent project is “Using I-pad for continuous language learning and testing” (Fall 2014 in cooperation with ITSSOL Instructional Technology at Yale University).
Muhammad Aziz is a Senior Lector in Arabic and the Arabic Program Coordinator. His pedagogical approach involves particularly the integration of new ideas and methodologies that may contribute productively to enhancing the linguistic, communicative, and cultural competencies of learners. He regularly participates in national conferences on the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language. He has published Religion and Mysticism in Early Islam: Theology and Sufism in Yemen, I.B.Tauris, 2011 and is currently working on a translation of some medieval treatises written by Ibn Alwân (d. 1266).
Jonas M. Elbousty is a Senior Lector in Arabic and Director of the Arabic Summer Abroad Program. His research and teaching interests are Comparative and Modern Arabic literature; Francophone North African literature; Diaspora in Cinema, Postcolonial literature; Intersection between literary and political theory in literature, linguistic assessment, and teaching pedagogy. He has taught widely in the areas of North African affairs, and literature, including courses on North Africa literature, contemporary World Literature, Middle Eastern Studies, and area studies. Long an enthusiastic teacher of both undergraduate and graduate students, Elbousty frequently uses a small group approach, using student centered classrooms to assess and meet the needs of his students. His research interests have focused on a number of issues within the broader field of Arabic literature, specifically the intricate relationship between literature and politics and the argument that literature can alter the political sphere and he has recently published a book entitled “Vitality and Dynamism: Interstitial Dialogues of Language, Politics, and Religion in Morocco's Literary Tradition.”
Professor Elbousty has previously taught at Al Akhawyeen University, Daniel Webster College, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Emory University before joining the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University. He directed diverse programs in the MENA region for American students. He works as a consultant and external examiner to numerous academic institutions, offering consultations to language development, running workshops for language faculty. He also consults for NGOs, offering advice that pertains to North African and Middle Eastern Affairs. He is contracted as a language expert to provide final stage review and evaluation of test passages (written and auditory) and their associated test items (questions) for the Defense Language Institute’s Language Proficiency Test. He also serves as member on many advisory boards, including American Councils for International Education. He is on many governmental and non-governmental boards and his advice is often sought by those agencies.
Ayala Dvoretzky is a Senior Lector II in Hebrew and Coordinator of the Modern Hebrew Program. She developed and taught courses in Hebrew language in all levels, Israeli literature, film and culture. She created a web-based picture dictionary for Elementary Modern Hebrew, and an advanced level, on-line multi-media self-study reading module. Among her academic interests is the incorporation of media, especially film, popular music and poetry into the instruction of language, as pedagogical tools for in-class cultural exposure. She is interested in post–Holocaust reactions of the Israeli society as reflected in literature and film.
Dina Roginsky is a senior lector of Modern Hebrew language and culture. Her research interests focus on the intersection between the sociology of culture, history, politics, and performance. Her doctoral dissertation, Performing Israeliness, analyzes the one-hundred-year social and ideological history of the Israeli folk dance movement. Roginsky is a co-editor of the book Dance Discourse in Israel, which explores the field of Israeli dance research. She teaches the courses Israeli Popular Music, Hebrew in a Changing World, State and Society in Israel, Israel in Ideology and Practice: Past and Present, and Academic Texts in Modern Hebrew, in addition to teaching modern Hebrew language courses. She publishes on culture, folklore, dance, and ethnicity. Before joining Yale she taught at Tel-Aviv University, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and at the University of Toronto. She is currently working on her book, Ideology in Motion.
Shiri Goren is a Senior Lector in Hebrew. Her areas of specialization include modern Hebrew literature, Israeli culture, Yiddish literature, gender and queer theory, the novel, and film theory. She is the co-editor of Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture (Wayne State University Press, 2012), which includes her essay on the last work of (Yiddish) prose by Hebrew author David Vogel. Her current book project, Creative Resistance: Literary Interventions in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, explores how violence affects real and imagined spaces in Israel of recent years and focuses on novels by the writers Orly Castel-Bloom, Gabriella Avigur-Rotem, Ronit Matalon, Sayed Kashua and Eshkol Nevo, as well as films, documentaries and performance arts. She teaches Israeli Society in Film [Hebrew]; Israeli Identity and Culture: 1948 to the Present; Dynamics of Israeli Culture; Conversational Hebrew: Israeli Media; Israeli Narratives; and modern Hebrew language courses. Before coming to the U.S., she was a journalist and senior editor of news magazines on Israeli television and radio.
Farkhondeh Shayesteh is a Senior Lector in Persian and Persian Program Coordinator at Yale. She holds a PhD in Persian Studies and Master's Degrees in Applied Linguistics and Middle Eastern Studies. Her research interests include modern Persian literature, literary translation, and Iranian cinema. The significance of Persian language, literature, and cinema in the formation, reinforcement, and exploration of identity is of particular interest to her. She draws on her training in applied linguistics and second language acquisition, in addition to her research on modern Persian literature, to inform her approaches to language pedagogy, and she is also an ACTFL certified OPI tester and rater. Her recent projects feature the application of Western theories and concepts to the analysis of Persian literature.
H. Neşe Arslan is the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant in Turkish from August 2014 to May 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Language Teaching (ELT) at Abant İzzet Baysal University and enriched her years as an undergraduate student with three Erasmus Exchange Programs at University of Sealand, Denmark, University of Reading, UK, and University College of Teacher Education, Austria. She has worked as a research assistant in the ELT at Ufuk University, Ankara and is currently enrolled in the Master’s Program of ELT at Middle East Technical University, Ankara. Her interests are multilingualism, language maintenance and construction of learner identity.
Etem Erol is a Lector in Turkish. His research interests are in modern Middle East history, Islam in Anatolia, and comparative economic history. He teaches elementary, intermediate, and advanced Modern Turkish, as well as courses in Ottoman Turkish and Paleography.