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Conferences & Events

We encourage you to attend professional teacher conferences. You will find fascinating and useful presentations that you can use in your Arabic classes at any of the conferences listed below. We have included specific sessions on Arabic where the information is available. Please let us know if you know of any other conferences that you would recommend to fellow teachers of Arabic. For more conferences go to the NCLRC website by clicking on the logo at the top of the screen.

Training & Workshops

Second Language Instruction Online Course for Arabic Teachers
August 29 - December 9, 2011

Graduate School of Education and Human Development George Washington University See flyer for more information.

STARTALK Teacher Training Programs (ongoing)
STARTALK offers professional development programs designed to increase teaching knowledge and skills, presented with a blend of theory, research, and practice. These programs offer opportunities for sharing your knowledge and experience with others, while also learning from your colleagues.

* These programs are for current or potential teachers of all levels, kindergarten through postsecondary.
* Programs occur during the summer months and range from 2 to 4 weeks.
* STARTALK programs can be either residential or day programs. They are being offered across the United States.

for more info, visit their website.

Concordia Languge Villages
Teachers of Arabic or Chinese can attend a four-credit graduate course on content-based instruction for language classrooms.  A STARTALK grant awarded to Concordia Language Villages as part of the National Security Language Initiative (with funds allocated by the President and supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence) covers full tuition; participants pay only room and board.

Master of Education in World Language Instruction

If you’ve been wanting to pursue a master in education degree but haven’t been sure how to find the time, you’ll love this flexible program designed specifically to meet the needs of active educators. This program features an innovative mix of online learning and on-site classes and observations at Concordia Language Villages. Combining theory with practice, you will discover the magic of immersion education as you “live the Language Village experience” and find new ways to make language come alive for your students.  Our teacher seminars count toward this degree.

Second Language and Immersion Methodologies

Join educators of all languages K-12, including ESL, in a 10-day graduate level course:  Second Language and Immersion Methodologies (AMLA 600). When you enroll in our seminar on Second Language and Immersion Methodologies, you’ll join a community of language educators to discuss current methods of teaching a second language. Guided by expert instructors, you’ll draw on your own experiences to enhance the discussions and understandings.

Participants earn four semester hours of graduate credit (upon successful completion of the course) through Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.  This course is the foundation course in the Master of Education in World Language Instruction program offered by Concordia College. The course is open to all K-12 second language educators including ESL educators, college educators with an interest in K-12 second language methodologies, and pre-service education majors.


Grants, Funding and Scholarships

Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP)
TCLP, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is designed to expand schools’ abilities to teach Chinese and Arabic, placing experienced EFL teachers from China and Egypt in American K-12 schools for an academic year where they teach Mandarin or Arabic language and culture. TCLP is an integrated and well-designed program, providing participants with structured benefits to facilitate the development of host schools' critical language programs:
supporting teachers’ living expenses, health care, r/t airfare, on-going and extensive methodological training, and professional development funds. Host schools have access to real-time $5,000 grants to support language-learning projects and their designated mentors receive monthly honoraria. TCLP staff maintains regular communication with participating teachers and schools, conducts in-person school visits, and provides on-going program support. Visit their Website.

American Councils for International Education
American Councils also administers ECA’s Educational Seminar. Visit www.americancouncils.org/es.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Various scholarships for teacher education and certification.
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Arab Academy Sponsorship
Here is a wonderful opportunity for schools wishing to use the Arab
Academy's online Arabic language programs and resources. You can now
have all teachers and students at your school use it FOR FREE! The Arab
Academy offers Arabic programs for children at the:
- Elementary School (based on IB - Primary Years Program)
- Middle School (based on IB - Middle Years Program)
- High School (based on IB - Ab Initio, IB, Language B standards)

Apply for a sponsorship NOW! The sponsor is Iqra for Humanitarian
Relations, which is a charity organization. Priority goes to less
privileged schools in non-Arabic speaking countries. To register,
visit: http://www.arabacademy.com/scholarships-institutions

After you register, you are required to pay a $100 pledge of usage.
This pledge reassures the sponsor that you are serious about using the
program. The value of the sponsorship is $4000. This is done from the
link below:
Upon payment of pledge, your school receives passwords to access the

Arab Academy's online resources have been used by leading schools in the
US and the Middle East. Some of those schools are:
- Fairfax County Public High Schools, Virginia, United States
- Montgomery County Public High Schools, Maryland, United States
- Bishop Feehan High School, Massachusetts, United States
- Cairo American College, Cairo, Egypt
- Ecole L'Oasis de Maadi, Cairo, Egypt
- Amercian Cooperative School of Tunis, Tunis
- Rabat American School, Rabat, Morocco
- Passaic County Technical Institute, New Jersey, United States
- South Side Area School, Pennsylvania, United States

Arab Detroit
Arab Detroit was founded with the purpose of promoting an accurate image about the Arab American community and the Arab world.

The greater Detroit area is the home to the largest concentration of Arab Americans in North America. As a result, Detroit is known as the “capital of Arab America.” Arab Detroit is a “bridge” connecting the Arab world with Detroit and in turn connecting Detroit with the Arab world and the Arab American community.

The diversity of the Arab American community includes: the early Syrian and Lebanese Christians who migrated at the turn of the last century, the recent Lebanese Muslim immigrants in Dearborn, the Chaldean Christian community from Iraq, the Iraqi Shia Muslim refugees in east Dearborn and Warrendale, the Palestinian and Jordanian communities in Livonia and Dearborn and the Yemeni immigrant community in Dearborn and Hamtramck. In short, the Arab American community of Arab Detroit is a myriad of diversity—both ethnically and religiously.

Arab Detroit’s mission is achieved through the dissemination of accurate information about Arab Americans and the Arab world through the development of this website, informative print materials, educational programs, cultural events and multi-media programs.

It is the intent of Arab Detroit to be the principal source of information about the Arab American community and the Arab world.Visit their Website.

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ACTFL Arabic Special Interest Group
In order to join the Arabic SIG or submit a proposal, please visit the Web page on www.actfl.org.

National Arabic Teacher's Association

National Arabic Teacher Association, NATA is a non-profit association serving Arabic language teachers to share ideas and information regarding the teachings of the language and its culture and to cooperate with each other to improve the quality of teaching Arabic in the United States. Our newsletter is published quarterly and contains valuable information for everyone who reads and/or teaches Arabic.

651 N Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena , CA 91103
e-mail: Nationalata@gmail.com

Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages:
(meets in March)

Southern Conference on Language Teaching:
(meets in February-March)

Bureau of Islamic and Arabic Education
The website of the Bureau of Islamic Arabic Education (BIAE) provides teachers and students with constructive information about teaching and learning in general. It includes links to teaching standards of Arabic and Islamic studies K-8. These standards are objectives that students should be able to accomplish by the end of the academic year. However, teachers can use these standards as a guide to create their own lesson plans in terms of teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies. The BIAE website also includes links for educational resources in different subject that might be useful for teachers to use in their classroom.

434 S. Vermont Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90020

Phone: (213) 382-5140

Fax: (213) 382-3377

e-mail: biae@biae.net

The American Association of Teachers of Arabic
The American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA) aims to facilitate communication and cooperation between teachers of Arabic and to promote study, criticism, research and instruction in the field of Arabic language pedagogy, Arabic linguistics and Arabic literature. The AATA publishes a yearly journal al-Arabiyya, and hosts conferences and a listserv.

The American Association of Teachers of Arabic
E-Mail: info@aataweb.org

The National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC)
The National Middle East Language Resource Center coordinates the efforts of teaching Arabic and other Middle Eastern languages in the United States. The center have several projects including teacher training, materials development, testing and assessment, integration of pedagogy and technology, study abroad, and K-12 programs.

The National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC)
Brigham Young University
214 HRCB
Provo, Utah 84602
Phone: (801) 422-7192
Fax: (801) 422-0382
e-mail: nmelrc-research@byu.edu

The Middle East Studies Association
The Middle East Studies Association is a national organization of scholars studying the Middle East, North Africa and Islamic world. They hold an annual conference and publish several periodicals.

The Middle East Studies Association
The University of Arizona
1219 N Santa Rita Ave
Tuscan AZ 85721
Phone: (520) 621- 5850
Fax: (520) 626-9095

e-mail: mesana@u.arizona.edu

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota is one of the U.S. Department of Education's Language Resource Centers (LRC). For more information on the LRCs see http://nflrc.msu.edu. CARLA studies multilingualism, multiculturalism and second language acquisition.

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
140 University International Center
331 17th Ave SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Phone: (612) 626-8600
Fax: (612) 624-7514
E-mail: carla@umn.edu

The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is a regional conference held annually to discuss and support the teaching and learning of foreign languages.

Northeast Conference at Dickinson College
P. O. Box 1773
Carlisle PA 17013-2896
Phone: (717) 245-1977
Fax: (717) 245-1976
E-mail: nectfl@dickinson.edu

The National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland
The National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland focuses on the planning and drafting of policy toward the teaching of foreign languages in the United States. The website has many useful articles and links to other websites regarding language policy. The NFLC is also cooperating on several initiatives including such languages as Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and Spanish.

The National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Maryland
5201 Paint Branch Parkway

Patapsco Building, Suite 2132
College Park, MD 20740-6715
Phone: (301) 405-9828
Fax: (301) 405-9829

E-mail: inquiries@nflc.org

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
(meets in November)
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is a national organization that has 7,000 members who are foreign language teachers or administrators. ACTFL holds workshops, conferences, conventions and many other projects to further the learning of foreign languages in the United States.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
1001 N. Fairfax St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 894-2900
Fax: (703) 894-2905
E-mail: headquarters@actfl.org

The UCLA Language Materials Project
The UCLA Language Materials Projec, affliated with the UCLA Center for World Languages, t is an online database of materials organized by language (including dialects), material type, language-learning level, and audience. Language profiles for Modern Standard Arabic as well as a few regional varieties are provided. There are also downloadable lesson plans and supplementary materials for teaching a first year language course.

UCLA Language Materials Project
1337 Rolfe Hall, Box 951487
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California 90095
Phone: (310) 267-4720
Fax: (310) 267-4722
E-mail: lmp@international.ucla.edu

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