Wesleyan portrait of Abderrahman  Aissa

Abderrahman Aissa

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Arabic

Fisk Hall, 306
860-685-2553

aaissa@wesleyan.edu

BA University of Colorado Boulder
MA University of Colorado Boulder

Abderrahman Aissa

FIELDS OF STUDY/SPECIALIZATION:

A. Translation & interpretation (from and into English: Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Tamazight, Italian & Portuguese). 

B. While I continue to improve, solidify and maintain my skills and fluency in the eight languages above, I have recently, embarked on the ambitious linguistic journey and enterprise to explore and learn, at least at the basic/conversational level along with the corresponding script and sound as much as possible, 22 more world languages, on my own: 

1. Romanian (Limba Romana) 2. Amharic (Amarinya) 3. Hebrew (Safaa Ivreet) 4. Farsi (Zabaanee Farsee) 5. Greek (Elliniki Glossa) 6. Turkish (Turk Dili)  7. Russian (Roskee Yazik) 8. Finnish (Suomen Kieli) 9. Swahili (Lugha ya Kiswahili) 10. Filipino Tagalog (Wika ng Tagalog) 11. Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) 12. Albanian (Gjuha Shqipe) 13. Armenian (hayots' Lezu) 14. Dutch (Nederlands) 15. Hindi (Hindi Bhaasha) 16. Swedish (Svenska)  17. Korean (Hangu-eo) 18. Polskie (Polish) 19. Srpski/Hrvatski (Serbo-Croatian) 20. Magyar (Hungarian) 21. Chinese (Zhongwen)  22. Japanese (Nihongo)

C. Using the Translation technique as one of the learning techniques in the classroom for effective learning and production of the target language.

D. Learning foreign languages using the Word/Linkword/Image association technique.

E. Learning foreign languages by making connections between the target language and one's native language (s) , background, education  & life experiences. 

F. Simplifying Grammar to make grammar less "painful" and fun: using devices & trecniques to remember grammar/syntax rules ( Mnemonic devices etc)

G. World languages and their similarities

H. Linguistics.

I. World History & Geography. 

J. Islamic Spain: History & culture

PENDING PROJECTS / RESEARCH:

1. A biographical novel: "يومياتي مع "بنو هرقن

2. Mutterzunge: اللغة الأم Mother tongue (Translation of the German sem-biographical novel Mutterzunge by Emine Sevgi Özdamar ): Publishing

3. Common errors students of Arabic make.

4. Arabic words in world languages.

5. Revisiting the kinship between Arabic and Hebrew: Beyond  سلام &  עלום (Salaam & Shalom)

6. Revisiting the kinship between Arabic & Spanish: Beyond ان شاء الله & ojala 

7. Revisiting the kinship between Arabic & Farsi: Beyond صباح الخير & صبح بخير

8. Moroccan Arabic words of classical Arabic origin not used in other Arab dialects.

9. Memorizing the measure chart of Arabic verbs the easy way

10. A compendium of Top 200 survival phrases and words in Arabic & 22 other languages.

 

 

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

T, R & F:  10-11

Courses

Spring 2020
ARAB 102 - 01
Elementary Arabic II

ARAB 202 - 01
Intermediate Arabic II