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aaron W.

Austin, TX
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About

aaron delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 15+

Teaching since:
2010

In the past 10 years, I have lived and worked in the Arab world, was formally educated in Arabic, and taught the Arabic language to an array of students.

I hold a dual degree with honors from The University of Texas at Austin in Psychology and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. I studied directly under Mahmoud al-Batal, the esteemed professor and writer of the Al-Kitaab textbook series, Mahmoud al Batal and bec. (Yup, probably that textbook you're using right now.)

With training in both cognition/development and Arabic, I have taught all kinds of people over the past 5 years. My students range from college students to professional educators, humanitarian workers to businessman and politicians, emergency room surgeons to US Army Personnel, and regular people who are just interested in learning the language.

I specialize in one-on-one teaching and make custom lessons for your learning style- Arabic is an awesome language and I will help you learn it well.

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Experience

Private Arabic Instructor
Jan 2017 - Present
Haeke International

Pre-deployment Instructor
Sep 2009 - Feb 2013
US Army

Instructor
Feb 2009 - Dec 2010
US Army

∙Taught soldiers and airmen basic skills for deployment in the Arab world and culture

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Sep 2014 - Dec 2016
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures
Sep 2014 - Dec 2016
University of Texas at Austin

Languages

Arabic
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

University Honors
Dec 2016
University of Texas at Austin
PsiChi International Psychology Honor Society member
Sep 2015
PsiChi International Psychology Honor Society
Arabic Flagship Program Scholarship
May 2015
University of Texas at Austin Arabic Flagship Program
Arabic Summer Institute Scholarship
May 2015
University of Texas at Austin Arabic Summer Institute
Terry Foundation Full Ride Scholarship
Jul 2014
the Terry Foundation

Affiliations

Psi Chi
Sep 2015

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 with a mission to encourage excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. More than 600,000 lifetime members have joined in this worthwhile cause including Distinguished Members such as Drs. Albert Bandura, B. F. Skinner, and Phillip Zimbardo. A few popular Membership Benefits include international recognition for academic excellence, as well as access to our three publications and more than $400,000 in annual awards and grants.

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Amal Jun 7, 2018
Arabic · Online

Aaron is the third Arabic teacher I've worked and is definitely the best in all respects.

He is very organized and efficient and pleasant to learn from. I've developed much better and structured habits in how I approach my grammar and understanding of Arabic- he made it feel so easy. He challenges me just enough so that I can learn where I need to grow.

Great at teaching at any level.

Highly recommended!

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Brian Jun 6, 2018
Arabic · Online

Aaron breaks down his lessons by category which is extremely helpful. Smart and professional man who knows his craft. He can explain the same concept/idea in 10 different ways and won't just 'bypass' anything you aren't completely clear on. Cool guy, patient, worth all my time and money.

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Jackson Maddahi Jun 4, 2018
Arabic · Online

Aaron’s a really cool guy and a great teacher. I took lessons with him 3x a week and my Arabic improved so quickly. I scored high on my tests and got to exactly where I wanted to be. He is straightforward and to the point but not at all uptight. Definitely highly recommend.

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Kimberly Jun 3, 2018
Arabic · In home

Aaron is a wonderful teacher. He is humble, focused, and fun. I had a really hard time with my pronunciation before starting lessons- he's given me tips and tricks to sound like a native. He takes the time to teach me how to approach Arabic in a way that works for me. Really great teacher!

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Leila Jun 3, 2018
Arabic · Online

This is the first time I decided to work with an Arabic tutor online and am so glad I did. Aaron gets nuances of the Arabic language and has taught me to do the same. Learning from him is giving me a new found appreciation for how beautiful the language is. Aaron obviously knows the language extremely well and makes focused lessons, specifically for what I need and how I learn. My lessons are going really well and my family members tell me how much I am improving every week. Highly recommend! Aaron is an amazing teacher!

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Joanna Jun 3, 2018
Arabic · Online

I am almost seventy years old. When I thought of traveling to the Middle East, I spent a year trying to learn basic Arabic- I bought books, videos, and even an online program. I spent so much money but couldn't learn it well. I thought maybe I just was not able to because of my age or because it was too difficult.

I saw Aaron's page online by chance and decided to give it one last try. Aaron is so skilled in how he teaches- he is creative and clever and humorous. His patience with me increased my confidence and interest in continuing to learn Arabic even after my trip. After three months of lessons with Aaron, I finally have a grasp on the language and feel comfortable traveling. I look forward to my lessons when I return.

Thank you so much Aaron.

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Chris K. Jun 3, 2018
Arabic · Online

Aaron really is the best language teacher I've had- better than any of my college professors by far. I heard about Aaron from a buddy who had taken lessons with him for 6 months in preparation for a business trip- he raved about Aaron and suggested that I give lessons a shot.

I had taken a handful of Arabic language courses in college, but afterwards I felt like I forgot everything I learned. It was exhausting and frustrating to go back to the material and try to re-learn the basics. Aaron has helped me solidify my basics and made me confident and comfortable understanding and speaking both MSA and colloquial Arabic. He's extremely patient, sincere, and hilarious. He doesn't waste time and knows exactly what he's doing

Awesome awesome teacher!

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Doug Jan 24, 2018
Arabic · In home

As Aaron is a native English speaker who is fluent in Arabic. He has a unique understanding of the challenges for english speakers in learning Arabic. As such, he frames his lessons based on the best way for english speakers to learn Arabic from his person experience. Great teacher!

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