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, phonetics and phonology. Specifically, her work focuses on investigating and comparing language acquisition of heritage speakers of Arabic and second language learners. Contact her at email@example.com.
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 Masters in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University, Athens. She 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 highereducation 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Zainab Hermes is a PhD student of linguistics and a TA in the Arabic Program. She has taught elementary and intermediate 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. Zainabâ€™s research focuses on articulatory and acoustic phonetics. She can be contacted at email@example.com
Anne Namatsi Lutomia is a native of Kenya. She 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. 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 holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University in Minnesota and a Bachelors degree in French, Management and Education from Kenyatta University in Kenya. Her scholarship includesinternational organizational collaborations, adult learning, small nonprofit leadership, Kenyan feminisms, labor mobilityand other mothering. Her dissertation research seeks to understand how scientists collaborate internationally by looking at the case of Scientific Animations Without Borders in the US and Benin. Anne enjoys photography, music, writing poetry, West African dance, travelling, cooking and interior designing, She is a native of Kenya. She will teach SWAH 201 this year. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org