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 INTEREST, STUDY AND SPECIALIZATION:

1. Translation & interpreting (Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Tamazight, Portuguese & English)

2. Exploring, researching and studying seven more world languages: 1. Romanian (Limba Romana) 2. Hebrew (Safaa Ivreet) 3. Farsi (زبان فارسي) 4. Greek (Elliniki Glossa) 5. Russian (Ruskee Yazik) 6. Turkish (Tuerk Dili) 7. Finnish (Suomen kieli)

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

4. Learning foreign languages using the Word/Linkword/Image association technique, learning foreign languages by making connections between the target language and one's native language (s) , background, education  & life experiences. 

5. Islamic history, particularly North Africa and the Iberian peninsula. 

6. Law and the US legal system

PENDING PROJECTS / RESEARCH:

1. A biographical novel in Arabic : يومياتي مع بني هرقن

2. The top 200 survival & conversational phrases you will ever need in 8 LCTL: Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Turkish, Finnish, Romanian, Russian & Greek.

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

5. Common errors students of Arabic consistently make and how to avoid them.

6. Arabic words in world languages: Revisiting the kinship between Arabic & Hebrew, Turkish, Spanish, Swahili andbeyond

7. A closer look at Non-Arabic words in Moroccan Arabic: from Khizzou (Tamazight) to Saia (Portuguese) to Kagit (Turkish)

8. Tips & Tricks to memorize the Arabic Measure Chart. 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

T, R  9:45 10:45 & by appointment

Courses

Fall 2021
ARAB 101 - 01
Elementary Arabic I

ARAB 201 - 01
Intermediate Arabic I

ARAB 301 - 01
Advanced Arabic I

LANG 160 - 01
Introduction to Tamazight

Spring 2022
ARAB 102 - 01
Elementary Arabic II

ARAB 202 - 01
Intermediate Arabic II

ARAB 380 - 01
Arabic-English Translation