GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: الأهـداف
Increase awareness of the Middle East Culture, Art, Food and Language in the society at large.
Offer reasonable and affordable low tuitions to all learners.
Help others to overcome the difficulties of the Arabic language reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Provide variety of services to professionals, business organizations, healthcare sectors, youth and children year round.
Create workshops related to Middle East Culture, tradition and life style in Arabic/English Languages.
Expand accessible study locations for all learners based on their near by areas.
Build proficiency awareness that there are linguistic and cultural concepts in one language and not in another.
Explore Arabic business terms, women and children in heath care settings, history concepts and herbs information.
Use valuable, real-world education PROGRAMS and MATERIALS written in Arabic and English Language.
About Us نبذة عن المعهد العربي
OUR PHILOSOPHY: فـلسـفـتـنـا
THE TIGERLILLY ARABIC LANGUAGE ACADEMY (TALA) philosophy is to provide quality programs that are sound in concepts, implemented by a competent in reading knowledge and writing skills in Arabic.
OUR MISSION: مـهــمـتـنا
THE TIGERLILLY ARABIC LANGUAGE ACADEMY (TALA) mission is to simplify the Arabic Language for all learners and provide them with meaningful knowledge and skills to learn another language.
Along with our philosophy & mission statements, TIGERLILLY ARABIC LANGUAGE ACADEMY (TALA) will serve all learners with respect and honesty and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, marital status, political belief, or disability in its programs and activities, including advertising, training and employment.
One Sunday: On the Job
By Cory Morse | The Grand Rapids Press
Tigerlilly Arabic Language Institute students..MORE
Healing Children of Conflict
By Cory Morse | The Grand Rapids Press
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Middle East Meets West Michigan
By Leigh Ann Towne, FOX17 Reporter
Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell probably didn’t’ realize he was going to get an Arabic language lesson Friday. But prior to cutting the ribbon on Wafa Haddad’s...MORE
Learning to stand strong
By Tracy Lee Taylor , GR Family Magazine
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Newspapers & Media Appearance:
2008 Prestige Magazine “Relationships between kids and their families”, March 25
2008 Alarab Newspaper “Social & educational issues among Arab families in USA” February 6
2006 WKACC My Business Advocate magazine “Why West Michigan?” April 10
2006 WGVU – Radio “A Second Annual Graduation Celebration and Arabic Festival”, May 21
2006 Wyoming Advance Newspapers “Annual Arabic Celebration”, May 16
2006 The Grand Rapids Press “All ages earn Arabic Certificates”, May 22 2006 WKACC My Business Advocate magazine “Why West Michigan?” May 5
2006 GrNow “Mediterranean Cuisine with Mama Wafa”, July 11 2006 The Grand Rapids Press “Mideastern cooking classes Thursday” July 12
2006 Kentwood Advance Newspaper “Arabic Cooking brings culture to the kitchen”, July 18
2006 Grand Rapids Now “Mediterranean Cuisine Workshops”, August 1
Public Presentations, Lectures, & Seminars:
(Speaker) "A Breeze from the Middle East" for Grand Rapids Women Chorus, November 4
(Co-Speaker) “Arab & Arab American Heritage: Understand the importance of cultural competence in the delivery of healthcare,” Spectrum Health, Aug 3
(Co-Speaker) “Annual Memorial Service: An evening of reading, music, and reflection in honor of deceased of diverse ethnic groups, Heartland Hospice Service, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Oct 7
2007 (Volunteer) “4th Annual Eid Carnival”, IM Association, Anaheim, California, November 16
2006 (Critique) of "Iraqi Peace Song" for GR Women Chorus, Grand Rapids, Michigan,
2006 (Participant) “Reflections of the Divine” Art Show, Kalamazoo Michigan, September 10
2006 (Participant) “Newcomers: The People of this Place” Cultural Kaleidoscope at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Oct 14
2006 (Sponsor) “Islamic Mosque & Religious Institute” Fundraising for the new Mosque in Grand Rapids,” WKACC AT& T 28th St Metro Cruise, Aug 26
2005 (Volunteer) “AT&T 28th Street Metro Cruise” Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce, Aug 25
2005 (Participant) “Walk and Remember,” Hospice of Michigan, GRCC, Michigan, May 21
2003 (Volunteer) Heartland Hospice Service, Fundraising for Cancer Patients, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 17
“Cook, Eat & Talk”
On Friday March 23, Wafa Haddad, middle Eastern chef and proprietor of TigerLilly Arabic Language Academy, invited Our Kitchen Table’s..... MORE
April 26, 2012 | WGVU The TigerLilly Arabic
How wearing more can cool you off
By Phill Dawson, Wzzm 13 Reporter
"When I wear these things, I don't feel hot," says Wafa Haddad of the TigerLilly Arabic Language Academy in... MORE