14/05/2009

Arabic Teachers Survey

Arabic Teachers Survey

Dear Friends,
Salamaat wa TaHiyyat. I hope that this message finds you well as you are getting ready for the summer. I wish you a very productive and enjoyable summer.

As teachers of Arabic, I would like to invite you all to participate in a survey of college-level teachers of Arabic in the US. The survey is part of study being conducted by Dr. Mahmoud Abdalla of Michigan State University, Ms. Dina Hosni of the University of Texas, and myself. The aim of this study is to:

1) understand the educational and linguistic background of teachers of Arabic in the US.2) Understand the programmatic contexts and conditions under which they teach.3) Explore some of their attitudes towards the teaching and learning of Arabic.4) Assess their professional needs.

Once the survey is done, we will analyze its results and present them to the field in the form of an article dealing with teacher preparation issues in Arabic. We seek to have the largest participation possible and we hope that you will accept our invitation and participate in the survey. The survey will be anonymous and will allow all teachers to express their views freely.

The survey will require about 25 minutes of your time to complete. We realize how busy you are, but we very much value your input and thank you in advance for taking the time to complete it.

You can access the survey at the following link:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=GtdumYmHzAtzUFZsI4q6pA_3d_3d

If possible, we would like to have your response by May 31st and hope that you will be able to spare us some time before then to take the survey. Please feel free to forward this survey to any colleagues at your institution.
Thank you again for helping us with the survey and we are looking forward to sharing the results with you soon.

Mahmoud Al-Batal (on behalf of the study team)

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Mahmoud Al-Batal
Associate professor of Arabic
Director, UT Arabic Flagship Program (AFP)
Director, Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)
Department of Middle Eastern Studies
1 University Station, F9400
West Mall Building, 6.138
The University of Texas, Austin
Austin, TX 78712-0527
Tel: (512)471-3463 Fax: (512)471-7834