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    Northeastern Illinois University (Student)

    STARTALK 2019: SAMI

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Grade Level(s)

    K-2, 3-5

    Date(s)
    • July 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    NEIU's STARTALK 2019: Success and Access through Multilingualism Initiative (SAMI) plans to offer a summer Arabic language learning program to 30 K-3 (age 5-9 years) heritage and non-heritage learners who will be linguistically, ethnically, religiously, racially and socioeconomically diverse. The focus will be on students from underserved communities who have minimal access to second language learning programs inside or outside of school. The program will run from the 1st to the 31st of July 2019, for approximately 105 hours over the course of five weeks. Through STEAM-based curriculum, students will participate in language and culture classes infused in meaningful content of life of animals lives in their communities. The instruction will not only provide them with novice-mid Arabic proficiency, but also equip them with foundational skills for learning such as critical thinking, inquiry, and exploration. Targeted outcomes for these learners are an elementary awareness of the culture(s) associated with the language, an enthusiasm for learning the language as well as the ability to 1) introduce and describe themselves, 2) name and describe animals, animal environments, and distinguishing features/characteristics, and 3) express their dis/likes, desires, and needs (as well as those of animals) in Arabic.

    Contact(s)
    (773) 442-5873
    j-ntihirageza@neiu.edu
    Program Website

    Northeastern Illinois University (Teacher)

    STARTALK 2019: SALTT

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Date(s)
    • June 5, 2019 – July 31, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK 2019: Summer Arabic Language Teacher Training Program (SALTT) aims to train a group of approximately 15 Arabic language educators, heritage and non-heritage, of elementary age students in the strategies of STEAM-based language instruction, the STARTALK principles, and teacher effectiveness for language learning critera. The outcomes of the program are twofold: First, the program will develop teachers who are competent in implementing STARTALK-standards-based Arabic language instruction in their classrooms. Second, the candidates will complete 94 instructional hours of content learning and practical application of STEAM-based Arabic through a 9 week blended program where teachers spend an initial 3 weeks in an online course exploring STEAM research and discussing the standards and principles of language learning before they participate in 6 weeks of curriculum design, material development, and clinical experiences in the SAMI practicum. Through their participation in the SAMI practicum, the teacher participants will ultimately learn how to 1) prepare a STEAM-based Arabic language and culture curriculum, 2) create and implement units and learning plans using backwards design and a theme, and 3) differentiate learning for diverse learners while keeping them engaged.

    Contact(s)
    (773) 447-5870
    j-ntihirageza@neiu.edu
    Program Website