Sami Halabi

Sami H.

Austin, TX
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Sami delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7 to 50

Teaching since:
2014

Falling in love with the German language early in my high school years, I began reading German grammar rules, fundamentals, vocab words + listening to numerous German bands/artists. I then majored in the language at the University of Texas - Austin, taking 3 years of advanced instruction in one of the nation's most-esteemed programs. Keen on perfecting the language, I spent 4 months in Germany in 2015, educating students from the ages of 8-18 on the topics of human rights & cultural understanding (in the German language). Staying with a host family that spoke nothing other than Deutsch, I was steeped in the culture day-in & day-out; cultural immersion to the max!

Now enough about me - all that matters here are YOUR goals and wishes of the German language! Why would you want to take classes with me? Well first and foremost, I have a big heart for teaching - having taught German children about complex topics such as human rights, in their native tongue, 'put me through the fire' of language-teaching, so to speak. Similarly, I will invest all my efforts to not only teach you the language, but to lay down the foundation for your German mastery. Having learned this language as an adult, rather than being raised with it, I can guide you through the step-by-step process of later-in-life learning.

The key is to learn the fundamentals, draw parallels to your current knowledge base, expand your vocabulary base, and establish a rigorous routine. Together, we will do these things to ensure that you not only learn the language short-term, but that you solidify it into your skill-set and create a lifelong journey with it!

I teach younger students, up to adolescents and adults. Whether you: need help with your homework; are looking to become conversational; are seeking to jump from beginner to advanced, I'm excited for us to begin this fun, informative, and challenging journey together!

"Bis hoffentlich bald!" - Hope to talk to you soon!

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Experience

Team Leader of International Exchange
Jul 2013 - Dec 2015
AIESEC in US

• Facilitated international exchange process for 15 customers, to Europe, Asia, and Africa
• Recognized as most productive team member for 4 consecutive semesters, managing 8 of 22 active clients in Spring 2015
• Assisted international 'exchangers' in selecting and experiencing country programs based on language and personal goals

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Educator
May 2015 - Aug 2015
AIESEC in Germany

• Instructed children of ages in 8-18 in the German language on cultural understanding and human rights
• Collaborated with a team of 5 other individuals from varying cultural backgrounds in creating uniform curriculum, translating the teams’ presentations into the German language
• Relocated to Bayreuth, Germany

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Education

German & International Studies
Aug 2011 - Dec 2015
University of Texas at Austin

Languages

Arabic
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Distinguished Liberal Arts Scholar
Dec 2015
University of Texas at Austin
Tod Hammond Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship
Apr 2014
University of Texas at Austin

Affiliations

Phi Kappa Phi
Jan 2013

Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Gamma Beta Phi
Jan 2013

Gamma Beta Phi has chapters all across the United States. It regularly inducts thousands of academically excellent students who share its mission of promoting education and providing community service to their colleges and communities. The Society has made a major impact all across America. In recent years, The Gamma Beta Phi Society has collected thousands of books for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, six thousand pairs of shoes for citizens of Iraq, collected thousands of hats for the Heavenly Hats Foundation, thousands of letters to the service men and woman onboard the USS Kitty Hawk, and bought an Ark for Heifer International. The Society’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive; we would love to have you help us in our endeavors.

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Melissa Jun 15, 2017
German ·

For two years during university, I experienced Sami's knowledge and mastery of the German language. He was excellent at explaining difficult grammar points in an easily understandable way, and my language skills improved greatly while working with him. Sami teaches well and maintains a positive, patient attitude at all times!

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Audrey Wang Jun 14, 2017
German · In studio

I am 100% sure that the only reason I got an A in my German 2 class was because of Sami. I'm pretty serious about actually learning German, not just getting by in class, and after working with Sami for a semester, it was pretty clear that my German had improved so much more than it had previous to Sami. Sami's really patient, and he really engages you during the lessons and gets you talking. I'm going to Germany this summer and I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to actually speak to people, and not just conjugate verbs at them!

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