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CET Jordan: Intensive Language

Seasoned, Highly Trained Faculty

Your Arabic language instructors are seasoned teachers, hand-picked by CET from either the host university or other institutions. Since the program’s curriculum is flexible and unique to CET, instructors undergo extensive training with the Academic Director before they take the reigns of a class. The faculty who teach your content-based language courses typically hold a PhD in their field and have experience teaching foreign students.

You’ll attend some of your classes with academic partners. These are teachers-in-training who attend classes with you to expose you to different accents and serve as partners for group work.

Full-Time, Bilingual, On-Site Staff

The Academic Director oversees the curriculum, manages the faculty, and monitors courses. Do you have particular learning needs? Do you need advice for keeping up with the class pace? Talk to the Academic Director.

Programming staff handle excursions, internships, and day-to-day logistics. They are also trained in emergency prevention and management. Have a question about your apartment? Need to see a doctor? Just want someone to talk to? Programming staff are your best resource.

Manal Yosef

Ms. Manal Yosef has over a decade of experience teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Her previous positions include Academic Director and Senior Instructor for the Arabic Flagship Overseas program; Senior Instructor, Course Coordinator and Curriculum Developer for the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program; and several other leadership roles for international programs at the University of Damascus. Manal has participated in extensive teacher training workshops through The Ohio State University and the University of Maryland, and is a certified ACFTL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester. As Academic Director, Manal manages all issues related to Arabic curricula, including developing syllabi, overseeing language instruction and the language partner program, and conducting teacher training seminars.

Manal Yosef

Middle East & North Africa Programs Academic Director

Mazen Bernieh

Mazen’s interest in international education began in 2008 when he began working as a coordinator for the Arabic Overseas Flagship program at the University of Damascus. He quickly realized his passion for helping foreign students adapt to life in the Middle East. While overseeing the Flagship program, Mazen also served as an administrative coordinator for the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) program in Damascus. Relying on this experience, Mazen now helps CET students adjust to their host culture in Jordan. Mazen administers all non-academic aspects of the program. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures, reading, football and the occasional sheesha.

Mazen Bernieh

Resident Director

Joe Landis
Joe is a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Swarthmore College, where he studied Political Science and created a second special major in Arabic Studies. His passion for Arabic and for learning about new places and cultures brought him to study and intern in Amman in 2015. Through this experience, coupled with a later Critical Language Scholarship in Amman, he developed a familiarity with Jordan that he now uses to help CET students thrive in the city. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new cities and hiking trails, playing board games, and activities involving food.

Joe Landis

Resident Assistant