Eissa & Associates, INC

Eissa & Associates, INC Educational Consulting: Arabic language and Islamic studies
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Eissa & Associates is a consulting firm serving the academic and professional communities in the areas of Arabic language and Islamic Studies. The firm enables institutions striving for academic excellence to improve their quality of education and levels of competency. Serving the needs of all K-16 to graduate and post graduate levels, the firm is dedicated to offering professional curriculum de

velopment, teacher’s professional development, assessment needs, and coordination of study abroad programs. Through years of experience and established expertise, E&A helps institutions develop more effective teaching and research programs. Professionals or businesses striving for greater understanding of the Arab and Muslim worlds can also benefit from the firm’s services. E&A can provide insight into Arab and Islamic societies, academic research, negotiations, and expertise in translating or editing. Their wide range of resources and intimate acquaintance with the Middle East can assuage many difficulties in cross cultural arrangements.

09/08/2016
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Arabic Is Fastest Growing Language Spoken in the U.S.
A recent analysis by the Pew Research
Center of Census data has determined
that Arabic is now the fastest-growing
language being spoken in U.S. homes. The
Center looked at American Community
Survey data from 2006 to 2014 that asked
what languages are spoken in an individual’s
home. Between 2010 and 2014, the
number of respondents who spoke Arabic
climbed 29%, from about 865,000 to about
1.1 million.
The Census question does not imply that
Arabic is the only language spoken at home,
or even the primary language, just that it is
one language spoken at home by 1.1 million
Americans. From 2000 to 2010, Hindi
was previously the fastest-growing language
other than English spoken at home.
Pew attributes the growth to a wave of
immigrants coming from Middle Eastern
and North African countries in the past few
years. Data from the Arab American Institute
(AAI) shows the percentage of U.S. immigrants
from this region has surged since the
beginning of the Iraq war, and experienced a
significant spike in 2010.
Among Arabic-speaking countries, the
United States saw the greatest influx of immigrants
from Iraq between 2009 and 2013
(the most recent year for which the AAI had
data available) at about 89,000; followed
by Egypt at 36,000, and Somalia at about
23,000.
Urdu was the second-fastest-growing
non-English language being spoken at
home, at 23%. Urdu is an official language
of Pakistan, and is also spoken in parts
of India.
The Institute estimates that there are
closer to 3.7 million Arab-Americans now
living in the U.S. In fact, this issue was the
basis for Pew’s analysis. The Census is now
considering adding an item that would allow
individuals to identify as Middle Eastern and
North African on the 2020 Census.
Learn more at tinyurl.com/pew-researcharabic.

08/01/2015

For teachers: the process of executing this piece of art illustrates the concept of "backward design" which is applicable to many educational planning. Just reflect on and imagine what was in the mind of the artist when he started. He had the full image of the end product before he had the pencil and paper in his hand.

من أعمال التقييم لطلاب العربية في البرازيل . . . شكرا للأستاذة باولا كفارو على المشاركة والجهود الطيبة
05/18/2015
KATLYN SCHINAID - E.M. MARIO PAULO DE BRITO

من أعمال التقييم لطلاب العربية في البرازيل . . . شكرا للأستاذة باولا كفارو على المشاركة والجهود الطيبة

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I agree! This is a preposition figure, ya Akhfash!
05/13/2015

I agree! This is a preposition figure, ya Akhfash!

وفقا لهذه الدراسة، تحتل اللغة العربية المركز الخامس بين أكثر اللغات استعمالا في العالم . . . شكرا للدكتورة وفاء حسن على ...
09/01/2014
أكثر 10 لغات استخداماً في العالم! | عالم الإبداع

وفقا لهذه الدراسة، تحتل اللغة العربية المركز الخامس بين أكثر اللغات استعمالا في العالم . . . شكرا للدكتورة وفاء حسن على هذه المشاركة.

هل تعرف ما هي اللغة الأكثر استخداماً في العالم؟ وهل تعتقد بأن اللغة العربية قد احتلت حيزاً ضمن قائمة العشر لغات الأكثر تداولاً؟ يعتبر التواصل بين الناس من أهم التطورات في تاريخ البشرية، لذا يوجد مئات اللغات في العالم ويُفهم بعضها على نطاقٍ واسع لأن الذين يتحدثونها منتشرين في كل مكانٍ على ظهر الأرض.

Arabic ranks number 5 after English (4) in world languages.
08/24/2014

Arabic ranks number 5 after English (4) in world languages.

This week's WORLD VOICES is from Democracy Challenge:
Why do you think it's important to learn another language?
Почему, по-вашему, важно знать другие языки?
为什么你认为学习另一种语言很重要?
Pourquoi est-il important d’apprendre une langue étrangère[, d’après vous]?
به نظر شما چرا یاد گرفتن یک زبان خارجی مهم است؟
¿Por qué crees que es importante aprender otro idioma?
لماذا تعتقد أنه من المهم أن تتعلم لغة أخرى؟

This applies to teaching foreign language; teachers need to develop skills to apply it but should first need to realize ...
08/21/2014

This applies to teaching foreign language; teachers need to develop skills to apply it but should first need to realize how critically we evaluate our ways of teaching.

How do you teach critical thinking? Our BIG list of practical resources for all ages: http://edut.to/1pMa25M.

Thanks for the image, Mentoring Minds!

08/16/2014

أعزائي المهتمين بإبراز النواحي الثقافية في تدريس اللغة العربية كلغة ثانية أو أجنبية . . . هذه مقالة قد تسهم في عمل بعض الأنشطة الثقافية على مستويات مختلفة تدمج اللغة والثقافة باستعمال مواد أصلية حتى لو كانت باللغة الإنجليزية.

شكرا للزميل والصديق العزيز نادي عبد الغفار الذي أعتبره من رواد دمج الثقافة مع اللغة في التدريس. أرجو من المهتمين متابعة نشاطه على صفحته في الفيسبوك والتي يشاركها مع كل طلابه.

وهاهي المقالة التي اختارها لعمل نشاطات مقارنات ثقافية:

http://scoopempire.com/12-things-egyptians-give-foreigners-culture-shock/ #.U-9ww_ldUrU

08/13/2014

This is a very effective application of how to develop and regulate student's social emotions. A student-centered approach is at the very center of this short video.

I find this piece very humanly moving and I think it can be shared at many levels including teaching of Arabic as a fore...
08/09/2014

I find this piece very humanly moving and I think it can be shared at many levels including teaching of Arabic as a foreign language. Here are some suggestions:

This picture with its story can be used in a class for teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Teachers may create activities around it for beginners, intermediate and advanced. Beginners may use it for interpersonal communication within a unit about sports or hobbies. They can talk about colors, type of sport, counting people and place. they can guess what is going on with the two runners (where from, what could one be saying to the other . . . etc). Teacher may tell the story in L1 to beginners but not before they do whatever activities that are appropriate for their level.

Intermediate may use the picture to make up a story that would include description, narration in the past tense and guess how it ended. they may read the story narrative in Arabic where the text might be styled to practice certain grammatical features (dual for instance).

Advanced may use the pictures to for reading, speaking or stimulating creative writing. They also can do research about the event itself and write a news report about the event. They may create a presentation playing the role of a TV sport's anchor describing the event as it happens. Students can take it further to abstract thinking regarding sporting spirits, ethics, humanity, race . . . etc.

موقف سيظل راسخاً في ذاكرة كل رياضي في العالم!

في الصورة عداء كيني وعداء إسباني
العداء الكيني كان يتصدر السباق طوال الماراثون والاسباني كان خلفه طوال الماراثون أيضا.
قبل نهاية الماراثون بعشرة أمتار توقف العداء الكيني معتقد أن السباق قد انتهى.
طبعا هذه فرصة “حلال” للعداء الاسباني حتى يفوز رسميا بالماراثون ولكنه توجه إلى العداء الكيني وأشار له بأنه لم يصل بعد إلى نقطة النهاية.
لماذا فعل الاسباني هذا وفوت على نفسه فرصة الفوز بالماراثون؟..
أعتقد أنه يمتلك من الثقة بالنفس ما يجعله على يقين بأنه سيفوز بالماراثون في مرات أخرى بجهده الخاص دون الحاجة إلى هذه الهفوة ودون سماع الناس يقولون بأنه فاز لأن الكيني أخطئ.

أن تصعد للقمة علي درجات نجاحك خير من أن تصعد علي أخطاء الأخرين.

07/21/2014

By the end of this week I will have finished nine STARTALK site visits, out of which I was the team leader of five programs. This was a very productive summer for Eissa & Associates, Inc. For eight years in a raw Eissa & Associates has been part of the great success and significant impact of STARTALK in promoting teaching of critical languages and increasing the capacity of professionally trained teachers of those languages.

Eissa & Associates has also been represented by its President, Dr. Muhammad Eissa, in professional development activities at University of Montana and delivered the keynote speech at the Michigan Teachers' Council at Western Michigan State University.

Dr. Eissa will be spending three days participating in STARTALK teacher training program at Western Michigan University. The focus of his topics will address "Student-Centered Teaching Strategies" and "Effective Grammar Teaching in a Communicative Oriented Instruction".

Humor in Classroom: "I asked Ed how humor can be fit in when teachers have so much to cover in their classes. He said, "...
04/06/2014
Using Humor in the Classroom

Humor in Classroom:

"I asked Ed how humor can be fit in when teachers have so much to cover in their classes. He said, "In the present environment of high stakes testing, budgetary challenges, increased demands on educators and competition for students attention, everyone in the school benefits when humor is part of the pedagogy. Humor builds a learning relationship through the joyful confluence of head and heart." He points to a growing literature on how humor reduces stress and tension in the classroom, improves retention of information, and promotes creative understanding."

Here are some suggestions to make your class fun:

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/using-humor-in-the-classroom-maurice-elias?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-using-humor-in-the-classroom-link

“But why do I have to go? School is not fun!” That quote is from a first-grade child, asking his mom why he has to go every single day to this place that he was told was going to be a lot of fun,

03/19/2014
Employment

إعلانات للعمل في الولايات المتحدة في مجال تعليم العربية عموماً وغير الناطقين خصوصاً
http://www.mesa.arizona.edu/professional-opportunities/employment.html
http://aataweb.org/employment
Employment
The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is a non-political association that fosters the study of the Middle East, promotes high standards of scholarship and teaching, and encourages public understanding of the region and its peoples through programs, publications and services that enhance educati...
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The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is a non-political association that fosters the study of the Middle East, promotes high standards of scholarship and teaching, and encourages public understanding of the region and its peoples through programs, publications and services that enhance educati...

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03/10/2014

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Get students moving to boost engagement. Check out 9 more interactive learning tips: http://bit.ly/1gk3ket.

At the same time when teachers are encouraged to use social media to facilitate teaching, we should be mindful of the do...
03/09/2014
Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum | Common Sense Media

At the same time when teachers are encouraged to use social media to facilitate teaching, we should be mindful of the downside of the negative effect of the same media on children and community. A serious debate over those issues is filling the internet involving teachers, parents, school administrators and security/police authorities. Here is a little something regarding some advice to parents:
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/parent-media-education

Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

Just try it; no wonder when teachers realize how much they lean more as they teach!
03/08/2014

Just try it; no wonder when teachers realize how much they lean more as they teach!

One of the many reasons we think educators get more awesome every day. :)

Thanks for the image, WeAreTeachers!

I am witnessing the positive results of using a page used by my colleague Nady Abdal-Ghaffar is applying in his...
03/08/2014
Social Media in Education: Resource Roundup

I am witnessing the positive results of using a page used by my colleague Nady Abdal-Ghaffar is applying in his class of beginning Arabic at Colgate University. Hope this link would help more teachers to experiment using social media:

http://www.edutopia.org/social-media-education-resources?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=resource-roundup-social-media-image

This collection of blogs, articles, and videos from Edutopia aims to help teachers deploy social media tools in the classroom to engage students in 21st-century learning.

Student-centered teaching is one of the most effective classeoom strategies in genera, yet it is one of the most misunde...
02/23/2014
A Case for Student-Centered Learning

Student-centered teaching is one of the most effective classeoom strategies in genera, yet it is one of the most misunderstood and challenging for teachers. In this post we see a proof of how this strategy works in reality. Consider the following concepts:
How are they doing it? How are these schools helping students develop the grit and determination to keep working, even as they face enormous obstacles and challenges? The strategies we use at Envision Schools, and similar ones used by the Linked Learning schools, are:

Committed to personalized learning: Teachers are highly attuned and dedicated to meeting the unique needs of each student.

Built on positive teacher-student relationships: Teachers build strong connections with their students and walk with them through four years of progress toward college readiness.

Grounded in reflection and revision: Performance assessment is designed to give students opportunities to practice, improve, and demonstrate their skills and knowledge, not just tests to conquer and move past.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/a-case-for-student-centered-learning-bob-lenz?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-lenz-student-centered-learning-link

Good news for students and schools: A new study, released last week by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), looks closely at four schools that are achieving positive outco

Basic teaching strategies are valid to be applied across subject matters on the hands of skillful teachers. The five str...
02/18/2014
Nurturing Collaboration: 5 Strategies

Basic teaching strategies are valid to be applied across subject matters on the hands of skillful teachers. The five strategies in this post can be applied effectively in foreign-language classes. Hope teachers in our circle can benefit for these tips.

When collaboration goes wrong, it can be toxic for learning and classroom culture. We are all familiar with the scene: a group of students that is supposed to be completing a collaborative project ha

Hope you won't need these tips to manage your class; but if you do, keep these tips handy.
02/17/2014
Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step

Hope you won't need these tips to manage your class; but if you do, keep these tips handy.

All of us have had major classroom disruptions that try our patience and push our limits. These incidents can threaten our sense of control and generate fear of looking weak to other students. We fea

Educational Knowledge of Interest to you:
02/16/2014
Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill

Educational Knowledge of Interest to you:

Worried about the shrinking presence of empathy in our schools? I know how you feel. With classrooms operating more like grade factories, it's hard to make the case for school-driven empathy. Faced

Training the Brain to Listen and Learn
01/30/2014
Training the Brain to Listen and Learn

Training the Brain to Listen and Learn

A lesson on listening might begin with how the brain processes the sounds around us. We find that many students and teachers are fascinated by the inner workings of their brains. The process of receiving and decoding spoken words takes place in the auditory cortex, which is the part of the human bra...

Snap shots of language enhancement and culture enrichment in the three-week (Dec. 27-2013/Jan. 17-2014) Professional Dev...
01/30/2014

Snap shots of language enhancement and culture enrichment in the three-week (Dec. 27-2013/Jan. 17-2014) Professional Development workshop designed especially for the Brazilian Arabic language teachers. This was one of the highlights of Eissa & Associates ushering this new year as it was the fruit of the collaboration with Hedayet Institute in Maady, Cairo.

A professional development organized by E&A (Dec. 27-2013 - Jan. 17-2014)
01/30/2014

A professional development organized by E&A (Dec. 27-2013 - Jan. 17-2014)

01/29/2014

Dr. Eissa is back from Cairo after three weeks during which he participated in the Conference on Internationalization of Arabic Language at Cairo University.

For the first time Eissa & Associates conceived and implemented a successful Professional Development program for 6 teachers of Arabic language from Brazil. More details on that program will be shared with photos and videos later.

04/12/2012

A Summery of Up Coming Activities:

Busy preparing for STARTALK's summer programs. We will offer services to seven summer programs dealing with various languages including Arabic as well as a number of other less commonly taught languages. Programs will be for both Students and teacher training in New York, Philadelphia, Kentucky and Virginia.

Will be in Maryland for three events: 1) teacher workshop sponsored by National Foreign Language Center and Flagship; 2) attending NCTFL annual conference; 3) meeting of the Arabic Standards Task Force in charge of revising the current version.

Will participate in several STARTALK teachers' training workshops at National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) in DC, Michigan State University, Brigham Young University in Utah, US Naval Academy and others in Maryland.

Will lead and facilitate a session on "Using the Target Language in the First Day of Class" during the STARTALK Spring meeting (May 1-4) in Atlanta.

03/22/2012
Help ISPU's research by participating in an important study

If you are living in the USA and care about elderly Muslims living in America, your participation in this survey is definitely critical.

The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding is seeking participants to take part in the first study on Aging among American Muslim families. Your assistance will help us examine this important issue, assess the community's needs and address the challenges of the elderly within Muslim families...

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