I applied for the CLS Fellowship in Fall of 2016 with hopes of getting a one course release and using the time to focus on my project. With complete focus on using online resources to enhance the teaching of Levantine Arabic, I wrote my proposal, asked for feedback from experienced colleagues, submitted it and kept my fingers crossed. I was very happy to get this opportunity of course, and I knew it was going to be a new phase for my project, one that I had the greatest intentions to make full use of. Little did I know that through this amazing experience I would get the pleasure of being introduced to core concepts of heritage learners and cross-cultural connections through the work of my colleagues Dina Roginsky (NELC Department) and Candace Shorupa (French Department), who were also awarded this fellowship.
At the end of the CLS Fellowship, I am happy to say that I have made huge steps in developing my project with four stand-alone-online modules for Levantine Arabic completed, and much more to come. I have also learned a great deal through the work of my colleagues in the fellowship and for that, I am genuinely grateful.
I am also extremely thankful to CLS organizers, namely Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl, Mary Jo Lubrano and David Malinowski for the bi-weekly meetings in which they provided us with great help and support that continued well beyond these meetings.
The CLS Fellowship has been a great opportunity to work on a specific project, but also to learn about others. Thank you, everyone, for making happen.