Assistant professor of Arabic
Office: (269) 387-3399
Office hours: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday
And by appointment
517 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
Dr. Wafa Hassan is a graduate of the George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development with a focus on Second Language/Bilingual Education. Prior to joining Western Michigan University, Dr. Hassan was an Arabic language faculty member at Michigan State University and the Director of Outreach and K-12 Initiatives for the Arabic Language Flagship Program since 2007. She is currently overseeing the development of The Flagship standards-and thematic based Arabic Curriculum for secondary schools. The curriculum is being used by over ninety schools in the United States. Her research interests are focused on best practices and teaching foreign languages, motivation and language learning, and language teacher preparation. She is a co-author of the ACTFL National Standards for Learning Arabic as a Foreign Language and author of a published book titled "Inclusion of ELL with Special Needs in General Education".
Dr. Hassan has extensive experience in teacher preparation. She is a well-known foreign language teacher trainer. She has been the director of the STARTALK Arabic teacher program for the past seven years. She conducts professional development workshops for teachers of Arabic as a foreign language on a regular basis in the United States and internationally. These workshops include many subjects such as pedagogy and assessment. She has also worked internationally and has recently been invited to train teachers in Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Qatar.
Dr. Hassan's assignment at MSU as an Outreach Director enabled her to develop a great network with K-12 schools and higher education institutions in Michigan, neighboring states and nationwide. All her previous positions enabled her to develop unique a strong k-16 academic background in teaching, research, curriculum development, and teacher-training. She is eager to put these qualifications to use for the benefit of the WMU World Language program. Dr. Hassan is also looking forward to reach out to other colleges and departments at Western Michigan University. She is enthusiastic to extend her outreach to the community and visit schools in Kalamazoo to orient students of the importance of foreign languages and its impact on their own future and the economic needs of the United States.
Dr. Hassan is looking forward to employ her research skills to enrich the field of teaching foreign language with best practices and new innovative pedagogical strategies that keeps students engaged in using their language skills as lifelong learners and global citizens of the world.