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Our instructors and staff are committed to giving students an enjoyable and worthwhile experience at the Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World. In addition to teaching, our instructors organize cultural activities and give lectures on their topics that are relevant to the languages. Our instructors make the list of "Teacher's Ranked as Excellent by Their Students" every summer that SILMW has been in session. Many of our instructors have a background in Linguistics and quite a few have been teaching these langauges for numerous years.

  • Dr. Eman Saadah is Director of the Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World, Director and Coordinator of Arabic, and Senior Lecturer of Linguistics at the University of Illinois. Dr. Saadah earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois in 2011. She has extensive experience in teaching Arabic and her name has appeared on the University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students throughout her teaching career at Illinois. Her research interests are in the field of Arabic, applied linguistics, and morphosyntax. Specifically, her work focuses on investigating and comparing language acquisition of heritage speakers of Arabic and second language learners. Contact her at esaadah2@illinois.edu.

  • Mary Gathogo

    Dr. Mary Gathogo
    Mary Gathogo is a lecturer of Swahili at the University of Illinois. She has a PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs and a Master's in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University, Athens. She also holds a B.Ed in English Language and Literature from Kenyatta University, Kenya. Her research interest is in international education, specifically the development of intercultural competence through study abroad and foreign language learning. A secondary area of research is international academic collaboration, focusing on the dynamics of academic collaboration between African and Western higher education institutions. She has taught Swahili in the US at different levels since 2009. She will be joining SILMW to teach SWAH 403/SWAH 404. Mary can be contacted at gathogo@illinois.edu

  • josephineJosephine Elkarkafi is an Arabic Instructor at UIUC. She is consistently placed on the UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent. In Lebanon, she earned her Master's degree and completed coursework for her PhD at the Lebanese University (UL), the premier public research university of the Arabic-speaking world. Her thesis looked at how French colonial attempts to "liberate" Lebanese women brought about their domestication into the private sphere, which lingered on even after women's emancipatory agendas multiplied from the 1960s to today. She also did research about Muslim-Christian interreligious marriage in Lebanon and the spiritual upbringing of the children. She is now working on a new research project about the acquisition of Lebanese citizenship among Lebanese descendents in the United States. She has expertise in the social sciences and clinical social work. She was the manager of the Department of Social Services at Saad Specialist Hospital for several years, where she was in charge of the social work department's policies and procedures, patient assessment, and staff management. She also served as a key member of the hospital's accreditation and re-accreditation with US, Canadian, and Australian authorities. Contact her at karkafi@illinois.edu

  • Rana SawwanRana Sawwan joined UIUC as an adjunct instructor for the Arabic program in the Spring of 2015 and then the PhD program at the College of Education in the Fall of 2015. Along with her appointment as an ESL instructor at Parkland College, she has taught courses of different levels of elementary Arabic (ARAB 201, ARAB 202) and intermediate Arabic (ARAB 403, ARAB 404) at UIUC, and has been listed among the UIUC teachers ranked as excellent by their students. Rana holds a Master's degree in M.A.TESL from the Linguistics Department at UIUC and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Philadelphia University. Raised and educated in Jordan, she has mastered Standard Arabic along with a variety of Arabic dialects, including Egyptian and Levantine. Rana is interested in investigating and comparing language acquisition of heritage speakers of Arabic and second language learners. Contact her at rsawwan@illinois.edu
  • Zainab Hermes is a PhD student of linguistics and a TA in the Arabic Program. She has taught elementary, intermediate, and advanced Arabic and has been listed among the UIUC teachers ranked as excellent by their students. She has also taught in the intensive summer program SILMW. Zainab's research focuses on articulatory and acoustic phonetics. She can be contacted at zherme2@illinois.edu

  • Anne LutomiaAnne Lutomia has been teaching Swahili courses at the elementary and varying advanced levels in the department of Linguistics at UIUC. She has also taught intensive courses in the Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World at the elementary level. Anne has appeared on the list of excellent teachers several times and she received the 2017 Henry R. Kahane Award for Outstanding TA in Non-Western Languages. She is a doctoral candidate in the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership department with a minor in Gender and Women Studies, as well as Women, Gender and Global Perspectives. She received her MA in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University in Minnesota and BEd in French and Administration Studies from Kenyatta University in Kenya. Her scholarship interests are in international collaborations, adult learning, small nonprofit leadership, Kenyan feminisms, labor mobility, and other mothering. Her dissertation research seeks to understand the collaboration practice of Scientific Animations Without Borders. Contact her at lutomia1@illinois.edu

  • morMor Gueye is a native of the Senegal. He is a PhD student of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He speaks Wolof, English, French, and German, and has considerable familiarity with Arabic. Consistently listed among the teachers ranked as excellent by their students, Mor has taught several language classes, including French and Wolof. He teaches Wolof at the Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World. His research interests include language pedagogy, curricululm design and development, English as a Second Language, and intercultural communication. He can be contacted at gueye2@illinois.edu
  • Zahra DastgheibZahra Dastgheib is a native speaker of Persian (Farsi) language and an Instructor for the elementary, intermediate, and advanced Persian language courses in the Department of Linguistics. She has also taught in the intensive SILMW program. She holds a MA degree in French Teaching from Azad University in Tehran, Iran. Her past experience includes teaching French to undergraduate students in Iran and teaching Persian to American youth. She can be contacted at zahrad@illinois.edu
  • mamdouhMamdouh Al-Ghzawi is a PhD student of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an Arabic native speaker from Jordan and has taught many Arabic courses at UIUC (ARAB 210, ARAB 211, ARAB 405, and ARAB 406). Mamdouh holds a MS degree in Civil Engineering from UIUC and a BA in the same field from Jordan University of Science and Technology. Contact him at alghzaw2@illinois.edu