The president and founder, Dr. Abeer Aloush has a MA and a PhD from SUNY, The University at Albany; her PhD is informed by the interdisciplinary field of French Culture Studies, Comparative Literature and Linguistics. She specializes in the identity struggle of minorities in France and Egypt and she is interested in analyzing different phenomena related to integration, multiculturalism, citizenship, alterity, bilingualism, duality and identity struggle. She is also interested in the sociolinguistics to explain the phenomenon of Franco-Arab hip-hop of the second generation to parent Muslim immigrants as acoustically violent affirmation of visibility. Also, she works on Judeo-Arabic (Egyptian) to analyze different type of minority identity struggle.
Dr. Aloush is a formal scholar at Oxford Brooks University where she attended in summer 2013 a field research to study the problematic conditions of Muslim immigrants in the French slums. Also, she has a Postgraduate degree in Digital Humanities from University of Victoria, British Columbia with specialty on Gamification (teaching Second Language through Games) and Digital Curation (for digital exhibits purposes). Also, Dr. Aloush has a Professional Certificate from University of Pennsylvania in Instruction through Technology and Online Teaching and she has an MA in Translation from Cairo University as well.
She has an extensive experience in teaching Arabic through applying new teaching methodologies and technology. Before University of Pennsylvania, she used to work at Columbia University and NYU. She teaches since six years all levels of Arabic at University of Pennsylvania (from elementary to advanced) and teaches Media and Reading in Social Sciences as well.
Also, she established teaching Arabic Online Program at Penn since 2012 where she receives students from other universities as well. She designed and developed the online teaching by creating a virtual environment of learning in the purpose of excelling in Arabic.
Since 2010 and to present, she is serving as a representative of the Critical Language Scholarship for the area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and a reader/juror for the committee of selection. She represents CLS in all the critical languages (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Pashtu, Japanese, Farsi, Panjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Indonesian, Azerbaijani, Hindi and Russian). Since 2013, Dr. Aloush is an OPI evaluator of FLAS and the Arabic Lead of Fulbright Foreign Teaching Language Assistants. She is certified for Teaching Languages for Purposes by the National Language Center located at University of Hawaii through the project she designed for Law students called “Legal Arabic for Courts and Ethics”. She works on NA (Needs analysis) to offer language courses for different purposes such as law, medical, IT, banking, and so forth.
She offers continuously monthly workshops and talks to coach other instructors at University of Pennsylvania and other universities on teaching through technology, teaching online and Digital Humanities. She represents University of Pennsylvania in national and international conferences to share new applied methodologies in teaching Arabic. Her last project is entitled “Multicultural and Interactive Arabic Digital Edutainment.” The envisaged project provides a schematic overview of alternatives to edutainment for learning the Arabic language. The project will expand the experience of personal growth through requiring conscious reflection on language by trying to push the boundaries of digital gaming. It will expand to other language as a second phase to train learners on Hebrew, Persian, Old Turkish (Ottoman) and Urdu.