Illinois Central College Offers Non-credit Conversational Arabic Class

ICC will offer a non-credit class in Conversational Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Cultures with a Focus on North Africa and Mauritania. This program is offered to the community through the ICC Corporate and Community Education department on Monday evenings, March 5 to May 23, from 6 to 7:30 pm in Hickory Hall on the ICC Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria.

The series will be taught by ICC’s visiting Fulbright Scholar from Mauritania, Mohamed Mahmoud. The focus of this class will be conversational Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic cultures, especially Mauritania, and the relationship between language and culture.

Mahmoud has been awarded a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program grant to serve as a teaching assistant in Arabic and take courses at ICC for academic year 2017-2018. He holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.

While in the United States, Mahmoud will share his language and culture with the college and community to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas and better prepare U.S. citizens to engage with businesses, governments, and organizations abroad. He is one of nearly 400 young educators from 50 countries who will travel to the United States in the 2017-2018 academic year through the Fulbright FLTA Program to help internationalize U.S. colleges and universities, a key goal of many institutions as they prepare students for the 21st century workforce and globalized world. Recipients of Fulbright FLTA grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Cost of the program is $55. For more information, or to register, please contact (309) 690-6900 or