October 20, 2008
Lecture series offered by Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant begins Oct. 28

Lees-McRae College will offer an enrichment lecture series on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 28 led by Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Rashid Al-Hinai from Oman. Lecture topics will range from Ramadan and fasting to the legacy of the Prophet Mohammed.

The lectures, beginning at 6 p.m. each evening, will be held in the Stafford Room in the upstairs of the Carson Library. A registration fee of $50 allows entrance to each of the six lectures beginning Tues., Oct. 28 with "Arab Contribution to the World Civilization."

Other lectures in the series include "Arab Concept of Authority" on Oct. 30, "Women and Family in the Arab Societies" on Nov. 4, "Ramadan and Fasting" on Nov. 6, "Legacy of the Prophet Mohammed" on Nov. 11 and "Common Questions about Islam and Muslins among Non-Muslims" on Nov. 13.

For further information or to register and pay for the course, please call Tammy Franklin at (828) 898-8712.

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program enables young educators to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the United States while engaging in non-degree studies at accredited post-secondary U.S. educational institutions.

Along with their studies, FLTAs teach language courses, supervise language labs and lead language table discussions. FLTAs may serve as an instructor of a foreign language class or have a purely teaching assistant role. FLTAs may also act as resource persons in conversation groups, cultural representatives, attendants in language laboratories, guest speakers in civilization courses and much more.

Al-Hinai will reside on campus in Banner Elk for a full academic year teaching classes in Arabic Language and Culture as well as taking classes at Lees-McRae.

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