STARTALK Multimedia Workshop - The Haya! Project

National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC)

Screenshot of Workshop HomepageHaya! is short for Hayya Nudarris Ma'ayeer Ta'allum Al-'Arabiyya, or Standards-based Arabic Teaching. The project is funded by STARTALK and implemented by the National Capital Language Resource Center to develop Standards-based Arabic teachers in the US. The project is a web-based instructional tool designed to introduce Arabic teachers to the Standards for the Learning of Arabic K-16 and illustrate how to implement them through 1) practicing Standards-based instruction, 2) building a thematic unit, and 3) functioning as a language facilitator and mentor.

The project incorporates the expertise of some of the foremost Arabic teacher trainers in the United States: Iman Arabi-Katbi Hashem (Occidental College), Muhammad Eissa (Eissa & Associates), Christine Brown (Glastonbury Public Schools), and Mahmoud Al-Batal (University of Texas-Austin). These experts have conducted countless teacher trainings across the US and have dedicated their careers to teacher development. The discussion questions and activities in this manual and the instructor’s guide were contributed by Dr. Jennifer Eddy (Queens College of the City University of New York).

The instructional heart of the Haya! Project includes three modules, each dealing with a major theme in teaching Arabic. Each module has two topics, and the site is designed for users to progress through each topic moving from Overview through Coaching to Model, with a reflection section at the end of each module. Users working on the course individually can answer the questions and carry out the activities by accessing the Forum. Users of the course in a live workshop context can refer to the downloadable participant guide and instruction manual to record answers to questions and find suggestions for activities.

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  • Arabic

Proficiency Level(s): 

  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaching Experience: 

  • Beginning
  • Experienced

Material Type(s): 

  • Instruction

Grade Level(s): 

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12
  • Undergraduate

TELL Domain(s): 

  • Planning
  • Learning Tools

STARTALK Principle(s): 

  • Standard-Based Curriculum