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Hallo Student Spotlight: Alae | Life in Morocco

Meet Alae

Alae is a 23-year-old comedian from Marrakesh, Morocco. His English learning journey started five years ago and has led him to be an English teacher. Alae is always seeking to improve his language skills and is loving the opportunities that Hallo provides. 

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Life in the City

The historic city of Marrakech, Morocco—located in Northern Africa—is nearly 1,000 years old. But age doesn’t slow it down. Marrakesh, like the rest of the country, is buzzing with life. 

In recent years, tourism levels in Morocco have reached phenomenal heights. King Mohammed VI aims to bring in twenty million tourists per year, and nearly 10% of those travelers visit Marrakech!

Travelers are welcomed to a full array of sites and scenes, including monumental mosques, luxurious gardens, noble palaces, and the world-famous Jemaa el-Fnaa (the city market square).

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In addition to the high number of tourists, Marrakech is home to nearly one million people. These citizens (known as Mar’rakshis) enjoy the perks of modern life, like a growing economy and increasing learning opportunities.

Learning English

Alae’s joy for speaking English began in high school. Recognizing the many benefits of learning the language, he began studying at one of the eleven universities located in Marrakech. 

After studying English for three years and completing his certifications last year, an exciting door opened for Alae—the chance to teach English professionally. 

“English is one of the important languages in the world that we have to learn. I think the whole world should speak English. Wherever you go now you will find people [who] are speaking English; it’s a universal language.”

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Passions and Interests

Alae is an extrovert and interactive guy! Making people laugh is the daily, hourly, possibly minutely goal. When he’s not teaching English, he acts as a stand-up comedian or a creator of funny YouTube videos. He also enjoys showing off his music jazziness as a DJ.

“Humor for me [is] an important part of my daily life. I’m simply a funny guy who loves to make people laugh, telling jokes and performing  humorous stories are my favourite . . . I don’t like to be serious all the time, even when I’m teaching. Sometimes I tell my students some funny jokes to chill them out.”

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The Impact of Hallo

Alae loves Hallo because it allows him to connect with people throughout the world. He is aware that learning a language is more than just grammar rules and structure—it’s communication and connection. 

“Hallo enables us to speak with other people around the world . . . Before, [when] we tried to learn English . . . we would talk with someone from [our own] culture. [But] I think it’s a good idea when you’re talking with . . . people from other countries.”

Alae’s hard work and dedication have helped him succeed in learning English. He is an example to all Halloers for keeping his mind set while still finding joy in the journey. 

We can all be pleased with Alae’s daily progression and encourage new students to practice with him. Look forward to a fun time when you stream with Alae!

Keep up the hard work Alae!

You can also follow him on his YouTube channel @Alae Touil.

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Suggested Topics for Products & Technology

 

  1. Showcasing Incredible Apps to Learn Foreign Languages
  2. Comparing & contrasting different foreign language apps based on functions
  3. How to Become Bilingual: Stories & Best Practices
  4. How to Become Multilingual: Stories & Best Practices
  5. Deciding on a language career outside of the industry
  6. Teaching Free English for Service online
  7. How to experience life abroad – at home
  8. Barriers to integrating technology in the classroom & how to overcome
  9. Free resources for teachers now teaching online due to COVID
  10. Integrating education technology in K-12 schools
  11. Integrating education technology in university & graduate programs
  12. Most Innovative Language Technology and Products when you don’t know the language
  13. Building community on a language learning app (as a business)
  14. Building community on a language learning app (as an influencer/teacher)
  15. How to host an online event (InEvent present)

Suggested Topics for Research

 

  1. The Pros and Cons of Online Learning
  2. The Pros and Cons of In-Class learning
  3. The relationship between technology and success in the classroom 
  4. How has the language learning industry changed throughout history
  5. Current growth trends in the education technology industry
  6. Current growth trends in the classic institutional education industry
  7. Presentation of 3 top TESOL Student Theses
  8. Discussion: Biggest flaws & opportunities in the language learning industry
  9. Discussion: Ways to improve classic educational system
  10. Comparing language learning programs & outcomes around the world
  11. International wealth & quality of life outcomes based on ESL acquisition
  12. Best careers in the language learning industry based on growth and salary
  13. Discussion: Which language learning educational systems need the most help & how to help
  14. In-Conference Research: Best methods for learning languages. Polling & Discussion
  15. Case study: reshaping policies in the institution to improve learning
  16. Language learning outcomes based on age
  17. Understanding and overcoming misconceptions about the difficulties of language learning
  18. Best curriculums based on short and long-term outcomes

Suggested Topics for Professional Development

 

  1. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Panel and Q&A
  2. Hallo Teaching Demonstration
  3. Hallo Teaching Practice
  4. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Presented by Professionals in their fields
  5. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Panel and Q&A
  6. Getting certified as an ESL Teacher (how to)
  7. Transitioning careers as a professional in the language learning industry
  8. Improving communication in your University Department
  9. Internship Opportunities & Tips for Finding a Student Internship 
  10. Find Your Students Internships
  11. Incorporating language learning apps into your curriculum
  12. Inside look at the life of Language Interpreters
  13. Inside look at the life of Forensic Linguists
  14. Inside look at the life of ASL Translators
  15. Inside look at the life of Computational linguists in the tech industry
  16. Inside look at the life of Speech Language Pathologists
  17. Inside look at the life of Content Developers
  18. Inside look at the life of International Business Workers
  19. Inside look at the life of Language Professors
  20. Interview Skills & What Interviewers Are Looking For – Panel
  21. Interview Skills & What Interviewers Are Looking For – Demonstrations & Practice
  22. How to Create the Best Resume
  23. Pros and Cons to getting certified online
  24. Developing personal brand (as a teacher, influencer, student, etc.)
  25. Tips for choosing a career
  26. How to transition to online teaching

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