The Arabic program at North Hennepin Community College (NHCC):

  • Offers beginning and intermediate courses in Modern Standard Arabic.
  • Teaches the four skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading.
  • Enhances classroom instruction with video, audio and interactive computer technology, as well as interactive language lab activities.
  • Offers Introduction to Arab Culture.


Sidow Mohammed holds an M.A. in Teaching Arabic Language to Non-Native Speakers and a Arabic Language Pedagogy. Dr. Mohammed is certified in Translation and Interpretation through the University of Minnesota. He also has been lecturing at University of Minnesota for the past 7 years.

About Sidow Mohammed

I am a lecturer in both the Arabic language and in the Culture of the Middle East and North Africa. I have also taught courses on the Introduction of Islamic Law and Reading the Qur'an. I bring more than 25 years of experience to the teaching of Arabic to non-Arabic speakers. I began my teaching as I was earning my PhD at Um Durman Islamic University in Khartoum, Sudan. I taught at the International University of African in Khartoum before moving to the United States to continue teaching. I have experience teaching students from a variety of cultural backgrounds. I believe that learning Arabic can open students up to good career opportunities and can introduce them to Middle East and Islamic history, culture, and civilization. In an age when international connections are increasingly important, learning Arabic (the language of over 250 million people and a co-official language of both the United Nations and the African Union) is a great way to prepare students for these new conditions.

  • Education and Background


    • Evaluation of the methodologies of the Teaching of Arabic Grammar
    • Arabic language, linguistics, pedagogy, Islamic Civilization & African Diaspora, MiddleEastern and North African culture

    Educational Background

    • PhD: Um Durman Islamic University, none.
    • M.A.: Modern Standard Arabic, Khartoum Institute for Arabic Language, Khartoum, Sudan, 1990.
    • B.A: Modern Standard Arabic, Somali National University, Mogadishu, Somalia, 1986.
    • Translation and Interpretation Certificate: College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2003.
    • Masters: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, 2011.
    • Certification: Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2010 - 2011.

    Research Activities

    • “¢ Best practice for articulation accuracy of Arabic phonemes for non-native speakers: Research conducted with Arabic language students in the Saint Paul Connections program, 7/2007
    • “¢ Factors affecting fluency for non-native Arabic readers: Research conducted with Arabic language students at Higher Ground Academy, 9/2006

    Outreach Activities

    • University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education: Effect of Cultural Interpretation on the Host Culture“, 2004
    • Al-Amal School, Arabic Language Workshop: Standards-Based Instruction and Assessment, Fridley, January 2007
    • Brian Coyle Community Center: Presentation on the Educational Experiences of Somali Immigrant Students in Twin Cities Schools, 2003
    • Brian Coyle Community Center: Presentation Cultural Perceptions and Cross-Cultural Conflict, Experiences of East African Studies in the Twin Cities Schools, 2003
  • Publications and Professional Experience


    • Mohammed, Sidow Abdishariff, Author. Download

    Professional Activities

    • “¢ American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL: member and conference participant , 11/2007
    • Arabic Immersion Program,Concordia Language Village: Presenter in Language Teaching Workshop , 6/2007
    • “¢ Methodologies for Teaching Foreign Languages: Concordia Language Village & Bemidji State University , 7/2007
    • ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo: Attended Conference in San Antonio, TX , 11/21/2014 - 11/23/2014
    • Iman Roundtable Discussion: Participant and Contributor , 07/18/2013 - 07/19/2013

    Courses Taught

    • Arabic 1101 Intensive Beginning Arabic
    • Arabic 1102 Intensive Beginning Arabic II
    • Arabic 1201 Reading Arabic
    • Arabic 3101, 3102: Intermediate Arabic
    • Law 6910: Introduction to Islamic Law
    • Arab 3900: Reading the Qur'an
    • Arab 3900: Reading the Qur'an

Did You Know?

  • Arabic is spoken in 22 Arabic nations, by almost 300 million people!
  • Arabic is the language of the Qur’an, the holy book of about one billion Muslims.
  • Arabic is one of the official languages of the United Nations.

Student comments on the Arabic courses at NHCC:

  • "Arabic enhanced my knowledge of the culture and life of the Arab people."
  • "Arabic is a great class. I have learned about the Middle East culture as well as the language."