Ruwa Pokorny

Ruwa Pokorny

I have enjoyed over 15 years of intensive experience teaching Arabic at institutions such as the University of New Hampshire and the University of Connecticut.

As a native speaker of Arabic, born and raised in Iraq, I bring an authentic understanding of the language and culture. Having lived in the United States for over 40 years, I possess a deep appreciation for both Arabic and American cultures. My unique background in speech and language therapy has greatly influenced my approach for teaching this rich and beautiful, yet challenging to learn language, enabling me to assist English speakers in tackling the task of pronouncing the unique Arabic sounds. I am adept at employing effective techniques to help students overcome difficulties and achieve accurate pronunciation and fluency.

Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of teaching both elementary and intermediate Arabic courses, which has allowed me to develop a comprehensive understanding of the language acquisition process. I am well-versed in designing curriculum materials, implementing effective teaching strategies, and fostering a dynamic and inclusive classroom environment. My passion for Arabic language and culture is evident in the high praise I have consistently received from students in their evaluations, acknowledging my dedication, approachability, and ability to create an engaging learning atmosphere.

During my 11-year tenure at the University of New Hampshire, I played a pivotal role in establishing and enhancing the Arabic program, creating and implementing innovative instructional methods to enrich the learning experience. It was a weighty, yet very rewarding experience for me to direct the Arabic program at UNH. My commitment to academic excellence is further exemplified by my four-year teaching experience at the University of Connecticut, the last three of which were exclusively online, where I honed my expertise in designing lesson plans to meet the needs of diverse student populations.

Furthermore, I possess a deep understanding of the Arabic language and culture, not only as a native speaker but also through my upbringing and experiences in Iraq. Both my parents were educators, who possessed an elevated level and command of Arabic, especially the rules of grammar, the love and appreciation of which they passed on to me.

My firsthand experience of growing up in Baghdad has also provided me with a nuanced perspective that I actively share with my students, fostering cross-cultural awareness and promoting intercultural dialogue within the classroom both in my language classes and in my culture and literature courses, which I designed. I have created and taught a course on Traditional Arab culture, literature and civilizations, and another course about modern Arab culture and literature.