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California University Arabic programs welcome Fulbright Assistant

​Emad Hakim has joined California University for the 2017-2018 academic year as the University’s second Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant.

Hakim, from Egypt, will tutor Cal U Global Online students in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Arabic and help them with language proficiency and class assignments. He also will help to organize cultural events on campus.

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program brings early-career educators from around the world to study at U.S. colleges while they teach their native languages, assist in language instruction and serve as cultural ambassadors.

While at Cal U, Hakim will take two courses each in the fall and spring semesters to improve his teaching methodology. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Bani-Suef University, near Cairo, and has been an English teacher for five years. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in teaching methodology.

Dr. Razak Abedalla-Surrey, Cal U’s Arabic program coordinator, said the success of the University’s first Fulbright teaching assistant, Inejih Abeid, of Mauritania, last year was a benefit to everyone in the program, and he anticipates that will continue with Hakim.

“Cal U and the Arabic program is diverse and proud of that diverse culture,” said Abedalla-said. “I am sure it will be a great experience for him as a cultural ambassador to help us understand his culture and also to learn from us about our culture.”

Cal U offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and an undergraduate certificate in Arabic Language and Culture, and a Master of Arts in Social Science: Arabic Language and Linguistics. An accelerated option allows students to begin taking graduate-level Arabic courses while completing their bachelor’s degree.