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Mohamed Ansary

<p>Mohamed A. Ansary is currently a lecturer of Arabic at the University of Arizona and an ACTFL-Certified OPI tester. He has been participating in programs for teaching Arabic in Egypt and abroad since 2007. In 2009 and 2010, Ansary worked at the Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS), a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. In 2008 and 2009 he worked for Concordia Language Villages with high school students. From 2012-2014, he was an adjunct lecturer in the Summer SWSEEL Program in Indiana University. He also worked as an instructor for the one-year study abroad programs in Egypt for the following universities: Utah University, Montana University, London University, Leeds University, Salford University and Westminster University. He worked as a visiting lecturer of translation and English linguistics at the University of Alexandria, Faculty of Education, English Department in 2010.His area of interest in the k-16 workshops is: application of 21st&#160;century skills to the Arabic language classroom, assessment of functional abilities of Arabic language learners, using technology into the classroom, teaching culture as a fifth skill and how to integrate it into the classroom. His research interests include social media, instructional technology in the AFL classroom to increase the students&#8217; collaboration, digital literacy and intercultural competence. He is a globally connected educator. He is a passionate lifelong learner and educator. He is a global citizen. He always digs deep to enlighten his students, colleagues and himself. He synthesizes technology tools and integrate global content into his classroom instruction. He believes that culture is the fifth skill. His official website&#160;www.mohamedansary.com&#160; has been visited by instructors and learners of Arabic from 106 countries so far. Mohamed Ansary was one of the top three finalists for the Five Star Faculty Award of the academic year of 2018.</p><p>&#9733; MENAS:&#160; https://menas.arizona.edu/user/mohamed-ansary</p>