Daniel Zitnick
dzitnick@wellesley.edu

(781) 283-2878
Middle Eastern Studies
B.A., M.A., University of Michigan
Tuesday & Wednesday 11:30am-1:00pm
GRH 339A



Dan Zitnick
Lecturer in Arabic Language

Teacher of Arabic language; aligns Arabic teaching pedagogy with current research in second language acquisition.


I currently teach elementary Arabic at Wellesley.  I have some experience teaching in summer programs and at the intermediate/advanced level as well.

I recently received an MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from the University of Michigan.  My academic focus was aligning Arabic teaching pedagogy with current research in second language acquisition.  From within this framework, I strive to create a learning environment that is fun and engaging for students, but also takes into consideration how they actually learn a new language.  I am always looking for ways to bring authentic cultural activities into the classroom. while allowing students to be themselves and express what they want to express in this beautiful language.

I also received an MA in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan.  My research examined women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.  For my thesis, I researched the role of Islamic legal scholarship in the domestic debate over gender segregation in Saudi Arabia.

Outside of the classroom and lesson planning, I enjoy time with family and I am an avid Michigan and Kansas City sports fan.