Women’s empowerment in the Middle East will be discussed at a lecture given by Hanada Taha, acting dean of Bahrain Teacher’s College at the University of Bahrain. Taha will discuss her experiences on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Miller Room of the Henry Student Center at Wilkes University. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
Taha is acting dean of Bahrain Teachers’ College at the University of Bahrain. She previously served as the director of Arabic programs at the Language Acquisition Resource Center at the San Diego State University. Taha is also the director of Arabexpertise, an educational consulting group based in California. She has taught Arabic language for the past 25 years to native and non-native speakers in many countries around the world including Lebanon, Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Taha has trained thousands of Arabic language teachers, trainers and ministry officials in various countries within the context of international private and public schools, as well as international conferences. She has developed many Arabic language instructional materials and scholarly works including: “Standards Based Instruction in the Arabic Language Classroom” and “Arabic Language Through Dialogue” for teaching Arabic to non-native speakers at the high school and college level using the communicative language approach.
Taha is involved in foundational work developing Arabic language standards for the Arab Thought Foundation and to the International School Services in charge of developing the first series of standards-based Arabic language programs. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans in 2001, and her master’s degree in educational psychology from the American University of Beirut in 1996.
This lecture is part of a collaboration between Wilkes and the United Nations. Presented in partnership with the Higher Education Alliance for the United Nations, the program brings U.N. officials to campus throughout the year for lectures and informal meetings with students. Wilkes is the only northeast Pennsylvania college participating in the program.