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Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants at Alcorn

Arabic Fulbright assistant

Hassnaa Salama.

The Office of Global Programs and the Honors Program are pleased to announce the opening of an Arabic Language Institute and a Chinese Language Institute beginning September 6, 2011. Two experienced Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants - Hassnaa Salama from El Arish, Egypt, and Zhufen “Jane” Chen from Beijing, China - have arrived to Alcorn to teach Arabic and Chinese during the 2011-2012 school year.

The classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept 6th through Dec 1st, 2011, in the Office of Global Programs Conference Room from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. for Arabic and from 1:15 to 2:00 p.m. for Chinese. Jane and Hassnaa will also establish a Chinese Language Club and an Arabic Language Club, respectively. For more information or to register, please call the Office of Global Programs at 601-877-6533.

To introduce themselves to the Alcorn family, they have each written a short essay that reflects their experiences. Please join us in giving Hassnaa and Jane a very warm Alcorn welcome!

Hassnaa Salama 

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (Arabic)

I'm Hassnaa from Egypt. I have graduated from the faculty of Education, Suez Canal University. I have obtained two diplomas in methodology, psychology & education management. I worked for the National Council of Childhood and Motherhood as a supervisor on Girls' Friendly Schools. I also taught General English courses for all ages & as a freelance translator as well. Now I work for the Ministry of Education as a teacher of English Language. I work for the AMIDEAST as English Access teacher. Access Program is an international program that is held by the American Embassy in a lot of countries. I am here now as a grantee of Fulbright scholarship in the FLTA Program to teach Arabic as a foreign language, as well as Egyptian culture.

I'm a person who is hungry for knowledge. I took many courses in IT & computer, French, teaching English, first aid, civic participation and many more. I also started learning Spanish with the help of some friends. I enjoy participating in many events and activities, such as sports, contests, conferences and festivals. I am very interested in volunteering and helping people to have a better life. I volunteer for societies and charity organizations where we collect donations for poor people and orphans, visit patients in the hospitals and organize charity fairs with low prices. With the Egyptian Red Crescent Society, we assisted during war in Gaza to help injured people get to our hospitals and deliver human aid to them. I established and led a volunteering team at the Department of Education of my university.

I'm also a member of the departments’ Qualification and Accreditation Center that aims to improve the quality of education. I used to write for the official news paper in my Governorate, North Sinai. I also participated with Al-Ahram national newspaper as a researcher.

I like ping pong, aerobics and volleyball. I like travelling and sightseeing. I believe that language, as a means of communication, is the key of mutual understanding that would lead to the mutual respect and peace.

I look forward to get to know you all better, learn from you about your culture and hope to share my culture and language with you. Love you all! See you soon in my Arabic class.

Zhufen “Jane” Chen  

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (Chinese)

Fascinated by the Chinese food, tea, scenery? Want to study abroad in China? Want to make an excellent salary from the increasingly rich country? Why not register for my Chinese Institute with the Office of Global Programs?

As the primary teacher, I have good reasons and qualifications for teaching excellent Chinese Institute at ASU as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA). In addition, I believe my experience of teaching here will help me achieve my career goals.

There are several reasons for me to help ASU students, faculty, staff and neighboring community members to get to know Chinese language and culture. First and foremost, I’m proud of my Chinese origin and love teaching Chinese language and introducing Chinese culture, such as the basics of classic Chinese gardens and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), to people here. Personally, I can gain a better understanding of American people and culture by interacting with and helping my students learn. Also, I would like to enhance my English language proficiency, better my Chinese, gain more teaching experience and refine my teaching skills through the teaching process.

I have attended two courses on TCM in Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) to acquire basic knowledge of TCM which I can share with you. And I will take two courses each semester here. You will probably bump into me frequently in classrooms and in the library.

Being ready to help others, I got along well with faculty, staff and students at BUCM. I enjoy participating in campus activities, I like meeting and outing with colleagues. As a result, I got many good wishes and gifts from my colleagues, staff and students when my baby boy was born last year. I have already started making friends here at Alcorn: the Global Programs staff, international students, English and Foreign Languages faculty, and the School of AREAS members. And I hope to meet many more of you as semester progresses. In conclusion, I would like to invite you to sign up for my class to learn Chinese language and explore my culture.