Olla Najah Al-Shalchi
Lecturer in Arabic
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Olla Najah Al-Shalchi received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and went on to complete her master's degree in teaching Arabic as a foreign language from the American University of Cairo. She completed her doctoral degree in instructional design and technology from Old Dominion University.
Al-Shalchi has taught a variety of Arabic classes including first-, second- and third-year Arabic, Arabic Literature in Translation, Iraqi Arabic Dialect, and Arab Culture. Before joining Smith College, she taught at the American University of Cairo, Middlebury College, the College of William and Mary, and George Washington University.
Al-Shalchi's research interests include language pedagogy, the use of technology in the classroom, material development, learning strategies, and the cognitive load effect on learners with varying knowledge backgrounds. She has published an article about effective online learning and has published poetry. She served as the Treasurer for the Virginia Association of Teachers of Arabic from 2012-2013.