Teaching Arabic
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Ferial Demy was born in Lebanon to a Palestinian family. In addition to being fluent in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), she speaks a variety of Arabic dialects, including Lebanese, Palestinian, Jordanian, Syrian, Egyptian and Iraqi. She is also proficient in Gulf and North African dialects. During the Lebanese Civil War, Ferial came to the United States. Ferial obtained her MA in Curriculum and Instruction and a BA in French from George Mason University. In 2010, Ms. Demy obtained a Certificate from Georgetown University’s Center for Language Education and Development in English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS), in partnership with the Center for Applied Linguistics and the National Security Education Program. Mrs. Demy has taught Modern Standard Arabic at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), International Communication Services (ICS), Diplomatic Language Institute (DLS), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the World Bank. Mrs. Demy participates in a variety of professional conferences, educational workshops and university lectures, enabling her to stay attuned to the latest developments in educational instruction. She has also participated in technology training from the Startalk Arabic Teacher Professional Development Program, Boston University and NOVA Startalk from Alexadria campus since 2009. Ferial also received training on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Arabic Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at Michigan State University under Dr. Mahdi Alosh. Mrs. Demy does not hesitate to share personal materials that she has developed throughout her years of experience and training, and she has provided training for Arabic instructors. She employs a diverse range of tools to encourage the highest levels of Arabic acquisition, including motivational scenarios, role plays, and interactive activities, as well as other methods including weekly listening techniques, and reading and conversational lessons. Ferial’s students have often had great success at acquiring proficiency in Arabic. In addition to her teaching, Mrs. Demy has provided Arabic to English translation support for the US Court system and CNN.