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CET Jordan: Intensive Language

Faculty and Staff

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, all instructors undergo extensive training with the Academic Director before classes begin. The faculty who teach your content-based language courses also typically hold a PhD in their field and have experience teaching foreign students.

Some of your classes also include academic partners. These are teachers-in-training who attend some classes and 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? The Academic Director will provide you with the support you need.

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 some advice on where to go? Programming staff are your best resource.

CET Jordan Faculty and Staff
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

Mimi Yu
Mimi was raised in Seattle, WA, in a multilingual household. This sparked her passion for language acquisition, which greatly influenced her studies and decision to study abroad. In addition to being a recent graduate of American University with dual degrees in Arabic Studies and Justice & Law, she is also a CET alumna of the Intensive Arabic Language Program in Amman, Jordan. She loved her experience with CET so much that she returned to the program—this time as the Resident Assistant. She greatly enjoys working closely with students in order to help them adjust to life in Jordan and have as amazing a study abroad experience as she did. In addition to cultural immersion, Mimi loves drinking tea, eating, running, and watching cat videos.

Mimi Yu

Resident Assistant