Professor visits from Morocco, teaches Arabic at Drury
Drury University is well known for its privilege of hosting a number of Fulbright scholars. This is a prestigious fellowship with the intention to promoting cross-cultural exchanges.
This year Boutaina Alami Kammouri joins our campus from Fez, the second largest city in the Kingdom of Morocco. This ancient city is home to the oldest university in the world, and it is easy to understand and recognize the long-standing tradition of the value of education in this ancient city.
Kammouri is able to bring over six years of language teaching to her Arabic students here at Drury. She can speak several languages including English, Spanish, French and Arabic. She is excited to share her language, culture and experience with her students here in Springfield.
Although Kammouri misses her family in Morocco at times, she is thankful to be welcomed to campus with open arms. It is true that until this opportunity came along she had previously never heard of Springfield, Missouri. However, it had been a dream of hers to visit the United States for as long as she can remember, and she could not say no to such an exciting opportunity. She is happy to have found her “family away from home.”She enjoys walking down Drury Lane, seeing friendly faces, exploring her new environment, and meeting new friends.
One would think moving to a new country with a different language and culture would pose an obstacle. While Kammouri did expect more skyscrapers, she insist that her community in Fez and here in Springfield have much in common. Kammouri points out that “although the people are all different, we are still people, and I am able to notice how similar we are all at the end of the day.” In fact, in her experience she notices that people that come back to Morocco from the United States are more likely to face reverse culture shock after being away for so long.
Kammouri appreciates the opportunity to be a Fulbright Scholar and be a representative of Morocco here at Drury University. She says the community “continues to be friendly, respectful, and curious to learn about her culture, language, and religion.” She is looking forward to not only sharing her knowledge here, but also learning more about language and culture in the United States to share with her community back home.