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Ghassan Husseinali

Amman Critical Language Scholarship: Integrating Language and Culture

[Students at ancient Roman ruins in Northern Jordan. Image from author.]

Following the September 11 attacks, the US government designated a number of languages as “critical need languages”; Arabic was and still is, of course, on top of the list. In order to ensure enough Americans are learning these “critical need languages” and to ensure higher proficiency levels and deeper understandings of target cultures, the US government established the Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) program. Administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of ...

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Ghassan Husseinali holds a PhD in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and is an assistant professor of Arabic and the Director of George Mason University’s Arabic language program. Beforehand, he served four years as an Arabic lecturer at Yale University. Husseinali led the Arabic study abroad program in Jordan through the Center for Global Education, and served as the Academic Director for the Critical Language Scholarship program in Amman, Jordan, during the summer of 2011. He is currently the Pedagogy Advisor to the American Councils for International Education (ACIE) program for Teachers of Critical Languages.