Location: Princeton NJ USA

Tutoring and Homework Help

Expertise: Foreign Language
Subjects: Arabic, Spanish

Mr Nazir H. of Princeton NJ USA Tutor Profile

Tutor Personal Information

Name: Mr Nazir H.
Gender: Male   Age: 26-30
Tutoring Style and/or Experience

Ahlan wa Sahlan!! (Hello All),

My name is Nazir. I founded and served as Director of the Middle Eastern Cultures & Languages Program at Seattle University for four years, after having co-founded it and structured it. I graduated from SU cum laude in June 2008 with a double major in Sociology (with departmental honors) and International Studies (emphasis in Political Science) and a minor in Philosophy (honors program).

In the past I have not only organized small- and large-scale educational and cultural events regarding Islam and Muslim societies, but I have also participated as a guest speaker or presenter on a range of subjects related to Islam and the Middle East.
I established and for 3 years ran the Middle Eastern Cultures and Languages Program at the International Student and Scholar Center at Seattle University. I taught all levels of Arabic language and worked as an assistant researcher and lecturer to Dr. Faizi Ghodsi, professor of 'Islam Today' and 'Arab Anthropology'.
I was recently employed by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Middle East Project as a research assistant to a visiting journalist scholar from Lebanon.

I completed my project in Washington, D.C. at the end of November '08 and returned to Seattle for a month before traveling to Algeria for a month to improve my Algerian Arabic and visit extended family. I am now working on my Masters degree at Princeton University in the field of International Relations with a focus on US-Middle East foreign policy and conflict resolution. I am in the last year of the program and currently applying to PhD programs for next fall, 2011.
I am excited to work with motivated students who'd like to learn or improve upon their Arabic (dialectal and formal, standard)!

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and have had ample experience in the classroom and behind the scenes putting together curricula, syllabi, ILOs, lesson plans, et al!
As an experienced Arabic teacher, certified through the Egyptian Ministry of Education, I am prepared to meet a student at their level. I have studied linguistics and am prepared to explain English grammar toward an enhanced understanding of Arabic as a second language.

I have had over four years experience teaching Arabic to a multitude of pupils from varying backgrounds with an array of interests and skill sets. Classes are fun and informative and make use of a diverse range of media from the collection I have compiled over years of research and inquiry. I move at a quick pace and expect students to struggle with some of the material but my goal is always to keep students with me and to help them master the material with comfort and at least near-native fluency in basic conversation and the fundamentals of Arabic reading and composition. My teaching approach is a combination between what is known as the 'Arab standard approach' and the 'Western approach for speakers of other languages'. I also provide personalized homework assignments intended to improve a student's skills where they may have weaknesses. I use a range of handouts and books and students do not necessarily need to purchase other materials--everything is covered by the hourly rate.

I have studied Arabic theoretical grammar and conducted a great deal of research in code-switching and code-mixing as well as translation and interpretation. I have examined the following linguistic areas with respect to Arabic in depth:
-Hemeto-Semitic Origins
-Lexical Valence
-Epenthetical Vowelation
-Euphonic Elision
-Colloquial Modes of Syncopation
-Diglossic Psycholinguistics
-Political Sociolinguistics of Arab Discourse (mapping and frequency)

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

Tutoring Fee and Tutors Availability

Grades Tutored: Pre-K / Kindergarten, Elementary, Junior High School, High School, College, Graduate
Days Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Contract Availability: Long Term or Open-Ended Tutoring Commitments.
Tutoring Rates: $35.00 to $50.00
Sliding Scale: This tutor offers a sliding scale for students with economic hardships.

Tutor Background

Time Spent Tutoring: 3-5 years
Students Tutored: 26-50 students
Special/Focus Groups:
Educational Level: Masters
Major: International Relations (Middle East)
School: Princeton University
Princeton University, Arabic Dialectology Summer Training Program Selected Participant (of ten) with Dr. Otto Jastrow & Dr. Werner Arnold
o Refine techniques for analyzing primary and oral data; then one month of guided field research in an Arab country. Will publish findings through the program. Expenses paid by Princetons Gardner FundJune-August 2011, Princeton, NJ
Princeton University, Special Workshop on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East with retired Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, Ph.D.
o Interview top government officials of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Hamas, and Syria in West Bank and Damascus, prepare policy recommendations; present to Under Secretary William BurnsSeptember 2010-January 2011, Princeton, NJ
Princeton University, Program on Religion, Diplomacy & International Relations Fellow with Dr. Wolfgang Danspeckgruber
o Guided study of religions role in crisis diplomacy; paper presented in Vienna, June 2010Sept. 2009-May 2010, Princeton, NJ
Seattle University, Research Assistant & Guest Lecturer with Dr. Faizi Ghodsi
o Islam Today & Arab Society undergraduate courses March 2004-Spring 2008; January 2009-July 2009, Seattle, WA
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Middle East Program Research Assistant (internship) with Visiting Arab Scholars
o Visiting Arab Journalist Scholar ProgramSeptember-December 2008, Washington, D.C.

2009 Lichtenstein Institute on Self-Determination Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations
Fellowship, for training, research, and publication; presented at international conference in Vienna (June 2010)
2008 Harry S. Truman & Madeleine Albright Fellowship, for public service work
2008 Seattle University Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen Award, for outstanding community service
2008 Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences Scholastic Competition Award, in humanities research
2007 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Highest U.S. Congressional Award for Undergraduates
2007 Seattle University Ignatian Leadership Honors Society, to advise university President and Vice President
2006 Egyptian Ministry of Education Exceptional Recognition, for highest score on Arabic Language Aptitude Exam
2005 Saud Al-Babtain Kuwaiti International Full Scholarship for Higher Studies, one year of Arabic at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt
2003 Sullivan Leadership Scholarship, full 4-year scholarship

Teacher Certification: Yes, Certified as a Teacher