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Al-Batal, Mahmoud (Director, Arabic School), July 10, 1996

Identifier: MOH122

Scope and Contents

1 interview with Mahmoud Al-Batal, Director of the Arabic School.Al-Batal discusses how he came to Middlebury; the duties of a director; the new Arabic curriculum; incorporating culture in language; strengths and weaknesses of SLS; requirements for hiring faculty; turnover of teachers; American perspectives of Arabic culture; media view of "Arab"; Arabic stereotypes; lack of Arabic programs and teachers; graduate internship; teaching different dialects of Arabic; how the Gulf War increased enrollment; finding love at the Arabic school; developing levels of Arabic school; and Arabic school clubs and activities.


  • Creation: July 10, 1996


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restriction.

Biographical / Historical

Mahmoud Al-Batal served as Director of the summer Arabic School at Middlebury College from 1991 to 1998.


From the Collection: 147+ Objects

Physical Location


Physical Description

1 audio cassette


Assigned identifier: a13aflshp1996-17

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States