American Association of Teachers of Arabic

Academic Consultant, American Councils, Arabic Overseas Flagship Program, Morocco

20 Jun 2018 9:54 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

Academic Consultant
Arabic Overseas Flagship Program

American Councils for International Education is seeking a consultant on the academic components of the Arabic Overseas Flagship Program in Morocco, which seeks to develop global professionals by raising the Arabic language proficiency of students to the ACTFL "Superior" level (ILR 3, 3+) or higher. The Academic Consultant will work closely with the Senior Academic Consultant and the Academic Coordinators for Moroccan Colloquial Arabic and for Egyptian Colloquial Arabic to develop existing curriculum materials and to create new materials that can be used to bring future cohorts of Flagship students to a superior level of proficiency. The Arabic Overseas Flagship Capstone program, located at the Arab-American Language Institute Morocco (AALIM) in Meknes, has a strong commitment to the study of both MCA and ECA along with Modern Standard Arabic. Curricula for all three program components are regularly reviewed, updated, and revised to adapt to participants’ needs and to reflect recent geopolitical and cultural developments.  The consultant also will train and evaluate faculty and regularly inspect the program in Meknes. The consultant will entail a commitment of approximately 200 hours per year with a schedule of deliverables.  The academic consultant reports to the Director of the Flagship Programs.

Academic Consultant details:
Reports to:  Doug Reardon, Flagship Overseas Programs and NSEP Language Initiatives
Position Available:  Immediately
Status:  On-Call
Pay Band:  Consultant
Posting closes:  Applications accepted until position is filled  


  • In consultation with American Councils, the Arabic Overseas Flagship domestic directors and the Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM), lead the development of content courses and classroom materials to be taught in Arabic for participants in the Arabic Overseas Flagship (AOF) Program.
  • Train faculty and/or teams of faculty in the design and development of new teaching materials in support of new or existing courses.
  • Review the quality of all curricula, materials, and syllabi.
  • Work closely with the other academic consultants to ensure that every aspect of the program is of the highest quality.
  • Evaluate the quality of instruction in the Capstone program, advise faculty on student-centered teaching methods, and conduct workshops on new and creative strategies to strengthen pedagogy.
  • Contribute to stakeholder meetings, student pre-departure orientations, teleconferences, and other Flagship meetings as requested.
  • In consultation with American Councils, the Arabic Overseas Flagship domestic directors and AALIM, develop new courses, materials, and activities to engage AOF participants in community-based, experiential learning.
  • Participate inregular inspectionvisits of the Arabic Overseas Flagship Program and provide comprehensive written reports describing specific measure to improve the program.
  • Regularly consult with American Councils program officers, managers, and directors on strategies to improve curricula, classroom materials, teacher training, internships, and other program components.
  • Coordinate closely with the program’s on-site academic coordinators to strengthen and refresh AOF curricula and foster pedagogical excellence.
  • Provide vision and leadership to help integrate new, innovative teaching strategies and educational activities into the AOF curriculum and program design.


  • Master’s degree in fields related to SLA, Arabic literature and linguistics, or international education, PhD preferred.
  • Experience teaching advanced and superior levels (ILR 2 & 3) of Arabic.
  • Demonstrable track record of developing materials at the Advanced and Superior levels (ILR 2 & 3) of Arabic (two samples required, one at each of the two levels).
  • Experience with blended learning and the use of technology for materials development and in the classroom.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in Arabic and English.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with the ACTFL & ILR proficiency testing systems.
  • Experience training university-level instructors of Arabic.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently while contributing to an overall team effort.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and projects.
  • Effective interpersonal communication.


American Councils is committed to taking affirmative steps to enhance employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities, and strives to ensure that meaningful employment and promotional opportunities are maintained for everyone. American Councils’ commitment to equal employment opportunity is based not only on federal requirements, but also on a longstanding commitment to maintaining a diverse workforce reflective of the communities in which we operate.


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