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Arabic Professor

Teach university students about Arabic.

What does an Arabic Professor do?

Arabic Professors work in a university, teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level students all about the Arabic language and culture. Like any type of Professor, Arabic Professors have two main responsibilities: helping students and continuing their own research.

If you’re an Arabic Professor, the work you do with students is usually the most obvious. This includes creating and giving lectures, holding study sessions, assigning homework, and grading tests.

Most Professors work with a range of students, so one of your classes might be a huge lecture for undergraduates on the fundamentals of Arabic linguistics, while the next might be three Ph.D. candidates interested in learning more about classical Arabic phonetics.

The type of assignments you give and the complexity of your lectures vary based on your students and the levels they’re at. In general, though, you teach them how to conjugate verbs, write Arabic letters properly, and clearly present their opinions in Arabic.

Your classes cover more than just language, though, and you might lecture on another related topic that strikes your fancy. For example, you might discuss Arabic literature, movies, culture, politics, or history. Culture is just as important as language, and you might offer courses like “Women in the Qur’an” or “Science in the Islamic World.”

Teaching a language requires that you really know your stuff. You need to be completely fluent in the language. That is, you should be able to discuss the most obscure topics as easily as when you speak in English.

Though helping students is often the first thing people think of when they imagine the job duties of a Professor, the other big part of your job is continuing your own research. This means doing things like studying ancient texts, reading up on the latest findings of other researchers, and possibly traveling abroad to use first sources.