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Lina Ghamra

Lina Gharmra

French Teacher

My desire of becoming an international educator stems from my multicultural background and my passion for languages, cultures and arts.

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.

If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." (Nelson Mandela)

 

My professional journey began shortly after I earned my Masters’ Degree in Second Language Acquisition and Doctorate Degree in Compared Linguistics from Paul Valery University in Montpellier. With a deep passion for languages, I started teaching French and linguistics at the same university for the first five years of my career. I also taught French literature to non-native speakers at the summer institute and discovered the enriching influence that teenagers from all over the world have on a passionate and inspiring educator and vice versa.

As a linguist, a painter and a musician, I have always been eager to work overseas and get in touch with different cultures. My first experience out of France began in the Middle East when I taught French at Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and contributed to the development of the French department from its very early stage. I was assigned a six-month mission at Queen Effat College in Jeddah (KSA) where I implemented the French Diploma with the partnership of the Sorbonne University in Paris. I was asked to visit international schools in the region to promote the Languages department that I was building. My first contact with overseas schools started with a visit to the British Continental School of Jeddah in March 2008. I worked closely with the Modern Foreign Languages Department members and was impressed by the positive impact of international education on students.

I was determined to look for international schools and had the wonderful chance to teach French as a World Language at GEMS Bradenton Academy in Dubai and coordinate the Modern Foreign Languages Department at the Canadian International School of Abu Dhabi. I also served as an IB coordinator at Emirates National School in Abu Dhabi.  Driven by an artistic soul, I felt grateful to those educational places that offered me the joyful opportunity to participate, in addition to my main role, in extra-curricular activities and share my artistic skills with students while enhancing theirs.

Languages are keys that open doors to the world. I truly believe in the strength of holistic individuals and consider teaching languages as a journey that starts in the classroom, but definitely goes beyond. I am a DELF-DALF and IBDP examiner for French A & B. My goal is to actively contribute to the implementation of the Diploma Program and see the first cohort of DP students successfully graduating from NAS Dubai. I look forward to celebrate this beautiful reward!

During my spare time, I play the piano, write and paint. I am also keen on reading, traveling, trekking and volunteering abroad! And I do lots of photography during my daily life and trips!

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