Bethany College Welcomes Fulbright Scholar in Arabic Language, Culture

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College announces the addition of a Fulbright Scholar in Arabic for the 2011-2012 academic year. Muna ALMerri of Bahrain will instruct elementary Arabic 1 and 2, as well as a course addressing topics in modern Arabic culture and society. 

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education. It allows educators from around the world to enhance their teaching abilities, further their understanding of American customs, and serve as representatives of their home cultures by working with students in the U.S. and completing coursework at the host institution.

“We welcome this extraordinary opportunity for our students to study Arabic language and culture and share in the cultural exchange as part of the Fulbright program,” stated Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.  “We expect Ms. ALMerri's time on campus to be an enriching one for her and for our students.” 

ALMerri earned her B.A. in English literature, with a minor in educational technologies, from the University of Bahrain. She completed post-graduate education in education and distance education from the University of Bahrain and Arabian Gulf University. She has also initiated work in training practice at Bahrain Training Institute.

ALMerri has served as an e-learning specialist at Arab Open University, as well as a teacher with the Ministry of Education. She has experience working with a variety of age groups, from children to adults, and maintains a commitment to furthering her language teaching in the U.S. by engaging student interest in the rich cultural traditions of Bahrain. Her academic interests include special-needs education, human rights, psychology and international studies.      

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.