These Sample Arabic Curricula are designed to provide guidance and inspiration for camp directors and instructors undertaking Arabic STARTALK camps for different age groups and at different proficiency levels, and both heritage and non-heritage populations. There are four sample curricula for elementary-age students, three for middle school-age students, and four for high school-age students. All vocabulary lists have been translated to English in order to provide a resource for non-Arabic camps as well.
Additionally, the Summer Camp Handbook is an English-language guide to best practices in critical language camps focused on the elements that make a successful camp outside of instructional time, such as creating a positive learning community and integrating language use into camp outside the classroom.
Handbook of Best Practices in STARTALK Student Programs
The purpose of this handbook is to serve as a resource for student STARTALK summer language programs in their needs outside of the classroom. This handbook is separated into four chapters that address the concerns and needs we have experienced outside of the classroom. From recruiting students for the program, to finding the most effective camp staff; from activities that help immerse the student in the target language and culture, to culminating activities that demonstrate what students have learned in a brief period, we have made note of what has worked and what has hindered a student’s’ progress in our program. We hope that the practices we offer support the process of recruiting new students and maintaining their motivation to learn the target language and culture.