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NERALLT Welcomes New Board Members

 

We are pleased to announce the election of new board members:

Roberto Rey Agudo - President-elect

Luluah Mustafa - Program Coordinator

Roberto Rey Agudo (President Elect) is the Language Program Director in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Dartmouth College. In addition to teaching Spanish, he co-organizes professional development events for the language faculty, including workshops, invited speakers, and a one-day language share fair every spring. From 2016 to 2018, he was a Faculty Fellow at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, where he programmed workshops on language teaching and also interdisciplinary conversations about technology and pedagogy.

Roberto has worked on projects involving digital storytelling, adapting MOOC platforms for regular on-campus courses, creating a library of community-based video materials, and incorporating digital humanities tools such as digital text annotation in the language curriculum.

He believes that contributing to strengthening a community of language instructors is a valuable form of academic citizenship, and learning technology is arguably the driving force of innovation in today’s academic landscape. He is or has been a member of several national (ACTFL, MLA, AATSP, AAUSC, CALICO) and regional associations (NEMLA, NECTFL, NERALLT)in order to stay on top of developments in the profession at large and to seek opportunities for collaboration and networking at a more manageable scale. An association like NERALLT is uniquely positioned to steer conversations about best practices in language learning technology, about advocacy for language programs and language resource centers on campus, about critical pedagogy and the learning technology, and about public engagement. As President-Elect, he hopes to support NERALLT’s mission to the best of his abilities and to provide continuity with the Association’s current leadership.


 

 


Head of the Arabic Language Program at Boston University (BU) Luluah Mustafa (Program Coordinator) has approximately sixteen years of professional teaching experience. Throughout her career, she has actively helped to promote more effective instruction, encouraged research and experimentation in learning and teaching Arabic and other less commonly taught languages, and provided for professional growth.

As NERALLT Program Coordinator she looks forward to addressing specific challenges to teaching including issues related to the teaching of critical languages and ways we can best serve teachers, students, and programs around the region.

She recently developed an advanced content-based course (Arab Society through Hip-Hop and Cartoons), substantially revised the first two years of the Arabic curriculum, developed cutting-edge communicative materials, and created various assessment tools at BU.

She is a certified ACTFL OPI tester and AAPPL rater. She is an active member in Arabic teacher associations and regularly presents at local, regional, and national conferences, such as BU workshops, MaFLA, NECTFL, and ACTFL. She was the 2016 recipient of the Merlin Swartz Award for Faculty Excellence, given by the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations at BU. My main areas of interest include the integration of technology at all language proficiency levels, the creation of student-centered classrooms, helping students to become global citizens, and strengthening K-16 language programs for less commonly taught languages.

She is excited to find in NERALLT an association that shares her dream of developing learning technologies in the classroom and using technology to develop students into strong critical thinkers in an increasingly globalized world. She hopes to cultivate a sense of community in NERALLT by finding more opportunities to collaborate with tech-savvy educators.