Penn State (Teacher)
Penn State STARTALK Arabic Academy for Teachers
- June 1, 2018 – July 13, 2018
- The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
This professional development program, designed for 10 current and prospective teachers of Arabic at middle school, high school, and post-secondary levels, uses a three-part blended learning structure: (1) an initial 3-week online component (estimated 20 hours' instructional time), June 1-21; (2) a 6-day residential seminar (48 instructional hours), held at Penn State's University Park Campus, June 24-29, during which the teachers participate in teaching high school and college students who are taking an introductory Arabic course at Penn State; and (3) a postseminar online component (estimated 7 hours), July 8-13 ; for 75 hours total. The broad outcome at which we aim is to contribute to the national effort to expand instructional capacity in critical languages, including Arabic. Specific outcomes are to enable teachers to teach Arabic effectively according to STARTALK-endorsed principles––our special focus is on staying in the target language while maintaining comprehensibility; to ensure teachers' awareness of resources that can support them in doing so; and to enhance their preparedness for careers teaching Arabic. We will present pathways to certification and other career options.