Nada Al Dirani is a teacher, partner, and the Academic Director at Saifi Institute. Nada has been teaching since 2002 and is one of the original staff members of the institute. She has a BA in Arabic linguistics from the Lebanese University, and was trained in teaching Arabic to foreign students by the school’s Director, Rana Al Dirani. Nada is responsible for all teacher training, student evaluations and maintaining the academic integrity of the institute.
Nivine Al Dirani began teaching Arabic to foreign students in 2008 and joined Saifi Institute in 2014. Nivine continually develops new teaching methods to help students learn quickly and has an energetic and enthusiastic teaching style. She immerses her students in Lebanese culture and the colloquialisms of the language.
Hanadi Jaber joined the Saifi team in 2012, and currently teaches both Formal and Urban Arabic. She graduated from the Lebanese University with a BA in History and was trained in teaching Arabic to foreigners by the Academic Director at Saifi. Hanadi is a highly motivated teacher who explains the Arabic language in a way that makes all her students fall in love with it.
Mohammed Akel teaches Formal Arabic and the advanced Arabic classes. He is currently studying a PhD in Arabic Literature and his knowledge of the language provides students with a deeper understanding of the meaning and history of Arabic words. He has given lectures at universities in Lebanon on Arabic grammar, which is a highly-specialized skill. Mohammed is the in-house reference for staff and students at Saifi in all matters relating to Arabic grammar and literature.
Ahmad Orfaly and joined the Saifi team in 2015 and received his training in teaching Arabic to foreigners from the Academic Director at Saifi. Ahmad has a BA in English Literature from Qortobah University in Syria. Ahmad is always eager to help students understand the structure of the Arabic language, and being Syrian, he can share his knowledge of the culture with his students.
Sara Jouni has been teaching Arabic since 2008. She graduated from the Lebanese University with a BA in Arabic literature and was trained in teaching Arabic to foreigners by the school’s director Rana Al Dirani. Sara is a patient teacher who likes to challenge and motivate students to learn and speak Arabic quickly. Besides teaching, she enjoys basketball and writing poems.
Nadine joined the Saifi team in 2012 and was trained in teaching Arabic to foreign students by the Academic Director at Saifi. Nadine has a BA & MA in Media Studies from the Lebanese University. Nadine is a passionate and attentive teacher and her cheerful personality is reflected in her teaching style. She enjoys creating fun activities in class to facilitate the learning process.
Firas Dabbagh is a journalist and blogger who received his training in teaching Arabic to foreigners from the Academic Director at Saifi. He has a BA in Law from the Lebanese University. Firas likes to make his students feel relaxed in class, and to encourage them to speak confidently in Arabic. Firas likes reading, yoga, skiing, and watching his favourite football team, FC Barcelona.
Shirine Saad started working as an Arabic teacher in 2006, and received her training in teaching Arabic to foreign students from the Academic Director at Saifi. Shirine graduated from the Lebanese University with a BA in Arabic literature and previously worked for Middle East Airlines. Her teaching style is informal and friendly, and she specializes in training students to converse effortlessly in Arabic.