STARTALK 2008 - Arabic Programs

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Aldeen Foundation

Pasadena, California
Summer Immersion Course in Modern Arabic for Middle and High School Students
July 14-July 25

Students in this program will be immersed in an entertaining, culturally rich experience in Modern Standard Arabic, the language of a rich culture and civilization dating back many centuries.

The Arabic language immersion program provides an opportunity for Arabic language learners to acquire language through using it for longer hours within the day, and through carrying out real-life tasks in activities like cooking ethnic food, poetry reading, songs, crafts, sports, traditional games, theater skits, and field trips. The two weeks language immersion program will create a free-anxiety atmosphere where students will not fear making mistakes and consequently help them take more risks to learn Arabic or enhance their communicative skills.

Arlington County Public Schools

Arlington, Virginia
Summer Exploratory and Enrichment for Arabic and Chinese
July 10-July 31

The Arlington Public Schools Arabic and Chinese Summer Exploratory and Enrichment programs are three week programs (July 10-31) designed to address a range of proficiency levels. These courses include an introductory level for beginners, a maintenance level for heritage language students who have not previously studied the language formally, and an enrichment level for students previously enrolled in these programs. Communicative activities include role play, skits, language focused games, and oral presentations. Technology-enhanced activities include web quests and lab and home use of language software. Topics and themes are differentiated for the varying levels of proficiency. Classes meet from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

Beloit College

Beloit, Wisconsin
The Olympics and Beyond: Summer Intensive Arabic or Chinese Study at Beloit
June 14-August 8

This residential program offers talented high school students the opportunity to complete a year's worth of college-level Arabic or Chinese language training in eight weeks. Our model features superb instructors, 26 hours per week of classroom study, an integrated approach to language and culture, and a variety of extracurricular activities. Competitive scholarships cover the cost of tuition ($6,120), with scholarship recipients responsible for the cost of housing and meals ($1,695). Minimum age: 17.

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT
Brigham Young University STARTALK Summer Arabic Camp
June 23-July 16
July 21-August 13 (both sessions offer the same content)

Learning through doing, students acquire facility in using Arabic in a sociolinguistically authentic manner to accomplish real world tasks. They will live in an "Arabic House," on-campus student residences that will immerse them in Arab culture through music, films, games, cooking lessons, etc. The entire experience is designed to whet their appetite to press on to advanced levels of proficiency. They will have the opportunity to build on this camp experience by enrolling in our innovative and award-winning distance-learning program, Arabic without Walls. We offer high school and university credit options.

Charlestown High School

Boston, Massachusetts
Arabic Summer Academy
July 5-August 2

We look forward to welcoming sixty students from Boston Public Schools to our summer enrichment program for five weeks of intensive language learning and cultural experience. Ahlan wasahlan!

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago STARTALK Arabic Language Institute
June 23-July 18

CPS in partnership with the University of Chicago will offer Arabic world language for 4 weeks during summer 2008.

Concordia Language Villages

Vergas, Minnesota
Building World Citizens With a “Village” Approach to Learning and Living Arabic
June 9-June 21
July 7-July 19
June 23-July 5
June 23-July19

Concordia Language Villages is an internationally recognized and respected world language and cultural education program. Our mission is to prepare young people for responsible citizenship in our global community; our goal is to provide an environment in which participants find the courage and confidence to explore the language and culture, to speak and play in it. Participants “live the language” in a culturally rich, residential setting including authentic activities and the rituals of daily life.

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
Student Immersion Program — Arabic
June 16-July 30

DePaul STARTALK Arabic program is a student-centered immersion program designed to teach communicative Arabic language and culture to high school students in Chicago and its suburbs. It will serve 40 students divided into beginner and intermediate levels according to their language skills and prior experience. Students will also be exposed to cultural activities including instruction in Arabic calligraphy. Furthermore, they will have the opportunities to interact with heritage speakers in the Chicago Arab community.

Howard Community College

Columbia, Maryland
Intensive Critical Language Learning Experience for Howard County Students
June 23-August 7

Howard Community College will offer Beginning Arabic and Beginning Chinese for high school students in a 7 week intensive program this summer. Classes begin on June 23 and end August 7. Students will focus on speaking and understanding Arabic or Chinese in 4 hour classes ( 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Instructors will involve students in the cultures of the Arabic or Chinese speaking world through hands on activities. Rising 8th graders and rising college freshman may apply. Students selected based on application, letters of recommendation and GPA.

Institute of Critical Languages & Cultural Exchange, Inc.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Al-Bab Maftooh: Arabic Proficiency within Cultural Dimensions
June 27-August 7

This six-week institute will empower high school students with Intermediate proficiency (reading, speaking, and writing) in Standard Arabic. Participants will acquire a meaningful level of cultural competency because instruction will be conducted within a framework of diverse enriching cultural activities. In addition to gaining high school Carnegie units (equivalent to 2 semesters of FL High school credits), participants will gain an array of skills on how to incorporate technology into their learning strategies. Students will be given ongoing assessment of their progress to provide individualized instruction by highly qualified educators and scholars.

Kent State University

Kent, Ohio
Regents Summer Language Academy: Problem-Based Learning Communities in Arabic, Chinese, and Hindi
June 29-July 26

The Regents Foreign Language Academy in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, and Russian is aimed at upper-level high school students and consists of a 4-week summer residential program followed by 9 Saturday mini-immersion sessions held throughout the 2008-09 academic year. The program in co-funded by the Ohio Board of Regents and entails no cost to participants.

Michigan State University

Dearborn, Michigan
STARTALK: Enhancing Arabic Through Culture: The Second C
July 21-August 8

Arabic language teachers will participate in instructional workshops and extended learning opportunities (field trips, hands-on experiences, guest speakers, etc.) with middle and high school students (grades eight through twelve) to effectively incorporate cultural practices and programs into instruction to enhance language acquisition. The three-week program will consist of teacher-only professional learning blocks each morning combined with direct interaction and instructional opportunities with students in afternoon sessions. Technology will be incorporated into both teaching and learning (videotaping of lessons, internet research, digital camera documentation, etc.). Opportunities for enhanced cultural awareness and practical language application will be reinforced through two off-site field trips and several on-site guest speakers, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy

Colchester, Vermont
Atherton, California
STARTALK Heritage Learners of Arabic
June 28-July 26

Offered by the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA), this is an Arabic and Chinese immersion summer camp for middle and high school “heritage speakers.” With curriculum specifically designed for this age group, heritage learners will make rapid progress toward fluency while deepening the cultural aspects of immersion camp. Generous need-based scholarships available.

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
STARTALK for High School/College Credit
June 9-July 18

NKU offers a 6 week semi-intensive program for rising seniors in local schools who wish to study Arabic or Chinese and earn college credit.

OneWorld Now

Seattle, Washington
OneWorld Now! Summer Arabic Language Camp
August 4-August 22

OneWorld Now! is offering scholarships to 35 Seattle area high school students to attend an intensive 3 week summer language camp where students will learn Modern Standard Arabic through interactive lessons and other innovative methods, such as podcasts.

Springbrook High School

Silver Spring, Maryland
Arabic Summer Institute: Introduction to the Arabic Language and Cultures
June 16-July 3

Springbrook High School's 2008 Summer Institute for the Introduction of the Arabic Language & Cultures will be held from June 16-July 3, 2008. It provides an intensive language and cultural experience that will prepare students for beginning Arabic study during the school year. Activities focus on language learning in content-enriched lessons (geography, math, etc). Classes enable students to begin to write in Arabic and to use basic Arabic for practical communication in real-life situations.

Teaching Chinese Resources, California

Metro Los Angeles, California
Metro San Diego, California
Arabic at Bell High
June 30-August 12

LAUSD has been a pioneer in implementing and offering new languages to its student. This year, Bell High will launch the first public Arabic Language class, a step that is considered the first of its kind in the history of California.

As Bell is a city with a large Arabic population, having an Arabic program in its high school would fill a big void for this Arabic speaking population. However, the hope is that even for the non-Arabic local population, there will be an interest in signing up for this great program. Students will be able to learn more about the unique culture and language of the Middle East.

This class will be taught by Mrs. Shaath starting 2008 - 2009 academic year. Arabic language will be a valuable subject added to many foreign languages taught at Bell High.

University of Montana

Missoula, Montana
Montana Arabic Summer Institute (MASI)
June 16-July 17

During the first year, the MASI program proposes to offer an intensive introductory Arabic course for 24 high school students beginning in summer 2008. The program will be a five-week non-residential summer institute on the University of Montana campus. The institute students will be divided into two sections of 12 students. No previous language skills in Arabic are required. The students will learn Modern Standard Arabic.

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Summer Institute in Arabic and Chinese for High School Students
June 2-June 27

The University of New Mexico will offer two summer language institutes to high school students in June 2008. Students will study Arabic or Chinese for 4 weeks and receive 3 hours of university credit. Tuition is covered and a stipend will be offered.

Aldeen Foundation

Pasadena, California
K-12: Continuing Professional Education for Arabic Teachers
July 14-July 25

During the first week of the program, participants will be introduced to the main theoretical and pedagogical concepts of teaching AFL through a combination of seminars, hands-on workshops, and micro-lesson teaching presentations to get a clear understanding of the basic practices of teaching Arabic according to the communicative approach.

The second week of the program is a practicum. During this phase, participants will work closely with coaching Master Teachers that they will observe in class, reflect on their practices, and discuss their thoughts with them. Participants will also be assigned limited time to teach and will be given feedback.

Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah
Brigham Young University STARTALK Summer Arabic Camp Teacher Apprenticeships
June 23-July 16

Come join us for an engaging three-and-a-half-week apprenticeship that will give you hands-on experience in running a lively Arabic program (see details on our student program at In addition to experiencing our intensive high school and university-level programs, you will acquire familiarity with BYU's Middle East Studies/Arabic major and Arabic minor that results in scores of students reaching ACTFL-certified Advanced-level proficiency every year. Apprentices will gain first-hand experience with our innovative and sociolinguistically-authentic approach to learning Spoken and Written Arabic. Participants can earn three credit hours for BYU's Arabic teaching methods course.

Center for Applied Linguistics

Washington, DC
STARTALK Assessment Training Program
June 8-June 10

CAL's STARTALK Assessment Training Workshop focuses on assessing students at beginning proficiency levels (Novice-Low and Mid on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-Speaking). Designed for STARTALK instructors of students, teacher trainers, and project directors, the three-part workshop includes an online introduction to assessment principles (May), a face-to-face workshop (Washington, DC, June 8-10) and an online follow-up workshop (June-August). Participants will improve their understanding of language assessment, washback to and alignment with instruction, ongoing program improvement, and evaluation.

Concordia Language Villages

Bemidji, Minnesota
Connecting Language Learning and Content for Teachers of Arabic and Chinese
June 22-July 2

The National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and principles of content-based instruction serve as the framework for a 4-credit graduate level course, Connecting Language Learning and Content: Content-based Instruction and its Application to Arabic and Chinese Language Classrooms. The program provides a unique opportunity for participants to observe Concordia Language Villages in action, to become novice language learners for a day in order to experience the strategies of content-based instruction, and finally to create and teach content-based lessons.

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
Teacher Professional Development — Arabic
June 16-June 27 (Assessment)
June 30-July 14 (Methods Course)

DePaul StarTalk Arabic teacher training program will offer two courses for 40 teachers and prospective teachers of Arabic. The first course will focus on assessment and evaluation of Arabic language and culture. The second course will focus on fundamentals and methods of teaching Arabic as a second language. In addition to instruction, teachers will apply the skills they learned through group and individual work. They will also observe classes and micro-teach.

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
Liven Up Teaching Arabic and Chinese Through the Theory of Multiple Intelligences
June 23-July 3

"Liven Up Teaching Arabic and Chinese through the Theory of Multiple Intelligences" is a summer institute that will focus on multiple intelligences and how varied approaches can be applied to language learning that will enhance teacher expertise, student performance, and lead to the creation of new materials for teaching both Arabic and Chinese. Week one will include five days of professional development workshops. Content experts in Arabic and Chinese will lead teachers in strengthening teacher effectiveness and best practices will be highlighted. During week two teachers will actively participate in a multimedia learning environment using Blackboard and Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT).

National Capital Language Resource Center

Washington, DC
Arabic K-12 Hands-On Workshop/Teacher Training Laboratory
June 23-June 27

Arabic K-12 Hands-On, presented by Iman Hashem of Occidental College and Dr. Muhammed Eissa of the University of Chicago, will provide teachers at the elementary, middle, high school level with a unique experience in which they can try learner-centered, communicative language teaching, become familiar with the National Standards for Learning Arabic, and "learn by doing" how to provide challenging, engaging instruction.

National Capital Language Resource Center

Washington, DC
Teaching Arabic to Upper High School and University Students
May 19-May 23

Teaching Arabic in Upper High School, Junior College and the University will be presented by Mahmoud Al-Batal and Kristin Brusted at Georgetown University, May 19-May 23, 2008. Teachers of upper high school students, junior college and university undergraduate students will develop an understanding of the need for a continuum from high school thorough university which will lead to better articulation across institutions. The institute will include instruction, extensive modeling, microteaching, individual mentoring and feedback, and discussion.

National Capital Language Resource Center

Washington, DC
Writing and Implementing Arabic Curriculum K-12
June 28-July 3

Both new and returning participants are welcome. The overall goal is for all participants to approach curriculum writing as a process. Each participant will develop or refine standards-based objectives and curricular materials for their own schools and classes. This will include developing or refining specific course objectives, a curriculum map, and thematic units and lesson plans that build sequentially toward their course objectives. Model materials and templates will be provided

Human Assistance & Development Intl.

San Bernardino, California
Striving for Excellence in the Teaching of Arabic as a Foreign Language
May 5-May 16 (Online class)
June 30-July 11
July 14-July 25

Arabic Teachers! Here's your chance to get theoretical and practical training in teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language! Register now to participate in a two-week online class, and follow-up classes to practice teaching in the classroom with real students! Online class: May 5-16. Onsite classes: June 30-July 11, July 14-25. Register Now at Participants in the onsite classes will receive free room and board and a stipend. Registration ends April 15.

Michigan State University

Dearborn, Michigan
STARTALK: Enhancing Arabic Through Culture: The Second C
July 21-August 8

Arabic language teachers will participate in instructional workshops and extended learning opportunities (field trips, hands-on experiences, guest speakers, etc.) with middle and high school students (grades eight through twelve) to effectively incorporate cultural practices and programs into instruction to enhance language acquisition. The three-week program will consist of teacher-only professional learning blocks each morning combined with direct interaction and instructional opportunities with students in afternoon sessions. Technology will be incorporated into both teaching and learning (videotaping of lessons, internet research, digital camera documentation, etc.). Opportunities for enhanced cultural awareness and practical language application will be reinforced through two off-site field trips and several on-site guest speakers, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

Middle East Institute

Washington, DC
MEI-STARTALK Arabic Teacher Preparation
July 18-July 25

The MEI-STARTALK Arabic Teacher Preparation program is now accepting applications for its 2008 session. Directed by language teaching expert Prof. Mahdi Alosh in collaboration with Dr. Shukri Abed at the Middle East Institute, the curriculum includes lectures and workshops at MEI (July 18-25, 2008) on Oral Proficiency Interview testing and pedagogy, micro-teaching, and a distance-learning component. Certificates of completion, a stipend and academic credit will be awarded. Program is free of charge and includes accommodation for candidates coming from outside the DC area.

Current and prospective teachers (levels K-16) are strongly encouraged to apply by the June 16 deadline.

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
Intensive Summer Institute for World Language Teachers for Arabic and Chinese
June 9-July 25

NKU offers a 7-week intensive alternative certification teacher training institute for people fluent in Arabic or Chinese who want to teach in schools. Participants earn 12 graduate credits in education and teaching methods, take a special workshop on teaching the particular language, and have 15 hours of practice teaching.

Northern Virginia Community College

Arlington, Virginia
Powering Up Your Arabic and Chinese Language Courses With Technology
June 30-July 3

Teachers will increase their comfort level and knowledge base in instructional technology to engage students of Arabic and Chinese. They will learn how to apply FL standards and Multiple Intelligence Theory to technology-enhanced lessons. They will add to the growing, but still scarce number of technology-enhanced learning materials in less commonly taught languages such as Chinese and Arabic. Instruction will be hands-on and user-friendly with experts in technology-based language learning.

Occidental College

Los Angeles, California
Putting Arabic Standards Front and Center
June 7-June 11
June 16-June 20

During week 1 (Building Leadership in the Arabic Language Teaching Community), selected teachers will hone their skills in standards-based instruction and will learn to support their colleagues in creating exemplary Arabic language lessons. During week 2 (Maximizing Student Achievement in Arabic Language Programs), participants will learn to use the standards to create lessons that engage their students and boost the development of their proficiency, while maximizing their ability to use Arabic for real-world purposes in culturally appropriate ways.

Seattle Public Schools

Seattle, Washington
Seattle STARTALK 2
July 14-August 30

Seattle Public Schools Startalk Summer '08 proposal will enable the '07 cohort to continue taking coursework leading to Washington state teacher certification. The cohort will be increased by five. Minimum qualifications: BA degree from an accredited university and fluency in Arabic.

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