American Association of Teachers of Arabic

Professional Development

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  • 20 Apr 2015 9:16 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Workshop Dates: June 28 – July 2, 2015  -  Apply Here by May 1, 2015

    Struggling to find suitable K-16 language materials for teaching heritage language (HL) learners? This year’s STARTALK/NHLRC Summer Workshop for Heritage Language Instructors will focus on developing instructional materials for HL learners. Workshop faculty are experts in both HL teaching and bridging the gap between theory and practice, making for a dynamic learning environment.

    The workshop's objectives are for participants to:

    1. Identify criteria and strategies for developing HL materials.
    2. Design materials that build on HL students’ initial proficiencies and meet their affective needs.
    3. Understand how to select and use authentic materials, and develop real-life activities to accompany them.
    4. Become familiar with the principles of differentiated, macro, and project-based teaching.

    Workshop date: Sunday, June 28th – Thursday, July 2nd (workshop will start at 9 am Sunday and end at approximately 2 pm on Thursday)

    Space is limited to 2-3 participants per language.  There is no charge for the workshop. A limited number of stipends will be available to cover travel and accommodations for out-of-state participants.

    For more information, please contact

  • 12 Mar 2014 9:49 AM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    CLASSRoad is offering "Teaching Languages Online," a 4-week online workshop for teachers of Arabic and other languages. This course was offered previously as CLASSRoad’s 2013 STARTALK summer teacher training program. If you missed it last summer, now is your chance to enroll in a unique program to develop effective online language teachers, implementing ACTFL standards and STARTALK principles. You will learn how to use connected teaching practices to deliver language instruction and assessment to anywhere/anytime learners in distance/blended contexts. Through this course, you will integrate 21st century skills, teacher effective for language learning (TELL) practices, collaborative work, digital badging, and other strategies to engage and prepare students. The course experience features video presentations by experts, online quizzes, “Facebook-style” discussion environment, collaborative work in Google Docs (Drive), Padlet, and Voicethread, blog posts regarding your progress and reflections, and badges you earn for participating, contributing, and demonstrating acquired skills. The course will run from March 29-April 26, and the registration cost for the first 25 participants is $99 by March 23. Enrollment capped at 40 participants. This course will better prepare you for CLASSRoad's upcoming 2014 summer STARTALK program. Successful participants receive a printable Certificate. CEUs: 2 units available for additional fee.  Click here to learn more/enroll.
  • 30 May 2012 1:09 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of the National 
    Security Language Initiative (NSLI) announced by former President Bush 
    in January of 2006. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the 
    teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that 
    are not now widely taught in the US. Other programs under the NSLI 
    umbrella include Title VI/Fulbright Hays programs of the US Department of Education, The National Security Education program of the National 
    Defense University, and study abroad and exchange programs of the US 
    Department of State.

    A list of Startalk Programs for Teachers of Arabic can be found by clicking HERE.

    For further details and application information, please contact the program directly.
  • 30 May 2012 12:52 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    Arabi21 Website with teacher training videos

    Please check the work of Arab Thought Foundation on a new website
    called Arabi21.  The website includes teacher training videos for
    Arabic language teachers all free of charge.  Check it out and
    let us know what do you think:

  • 28 Feb 2012 1:21 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    Boston University's  Arabic team is very excited to be presenting this year at NECTFL. Our three hour session is entitled : Developing Engaging Interactive Classroom Activities with Everyday Vocabulary. We hope that you are able to attend the conference and our session which will be held in Baltimore in the third week of April. Here is a link with detailed information about the conference and pre-registration is open right now. Please note that there are two other three hour sessions for Arabic at this conference. 

  • 14 Jun 2011 1:34 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    Professional Development Fellows Program for Teachers of Arabic
    Sponsored by the Qatar Foundation International

        • Are you a current or future teacher of Arabic?
        • Are you looking for inspiring professional development?
    If so, the Qatar Professional Development Fellows Program may be a perfect opportunity for you to engage in some of the best professional development programs in the country for little to no cost!

    Through a generous grant from the Qatar Foundation International, the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with Teacher Seminars at Concordia Language Villages (CLV), Minnesota, will bring together K-16 Arabic language teachers from across the United States for an unprecedented program of learning and practice. Selected Fellows will be able to attend a CARLA summer institute of their choice, and will put their new knowledge to work at an internship at the CLV Arabic Language Village.
    Two graduate-level credits will be awarded for the successful completion of a CARLA summer institute ( and a two-week internship at the Arabic Language Village either during the summer of 2011 or the summer of 2012.  CARLA summer institutes focus on key topics such as assessment, culture, and second language acquisition. During their CLV internship, the participants will prepare lesson plans and co-teach activities and language learning groups with master teachers from the Arabic Language Village. The program is relevant to Arabic teachers of all age groups.

    Qatar Fellows will be awarded scholarships valued at $5,000. 

    Details on the Qatar Fellows Program and application information can be found on the CLV website at:
  • 14 Jun 2011 1:26 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    Occidental College Startalk Teacher Training Program:
    Putting the Arabic Standards Front and Center
    The program offers two independent sessions:
    1) "Building Leadership in the Arabic Language Teaching Community", June 19 - 23, 2011.
    This is an invitational program that is designed for teachers who attended Occidental College’s STARTALK workshop in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, completed Occidental College’s Arabic Language Teaching Certificate, or equivalent course work.  

    2) "Technology as the Core of Standards-Based Arabic Instruction" June 25 - July 1, 2011. In this workshop, participants will be divided into two groups based on the needs they identify in the application and the level of their proficiency in standards-based and technology-enhanced instruction. Both groups will learn to effectively use various technologies to enhance a standards-based approach: locating authentic materials on the web including video, music,art, graphics, text, data; making input comprehensible using PowerPoint and moviemaker; facilitating interpersonal communication through instant messaging, video, audio and written chats, emails, blogs, interactive assignments and homework; supporting presentational communication using the technologies listed above as well as voki, aminoto, flip cameras,webpages, and Google Docs.
    For more information:

    Iman Arabi-Katbi Hashem
    Program Director
    Occidental College Foreign Language Project
  • 25 Apr 2011 3:25 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

     Western Michigan University summer Translation Institute

    The Summer Translation Institute (STI), hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages at Western Michigan University, offers a unique opportunity for advanced language learners and professionals to improve their translation skills while working on language proficiency. This four-week summer intensive program in Kalamazoo, Michigan will teach students about the business and practice of translation in:




    Translators in these languages are in high demand in the marketplace, and WMU is one of only a few institutions that offer this type of training at the undergraduate and graduate level. In order to do translation accurately and efficiently, it is necessary to develop special skills above and beyond the ordinary skills developed in language studies.

    The deadline for initial consideration of applications is April 1, 2011, but applications received after that will be considered based on available space. Applications, as well as more information regarding how to apply, housing, fees, Western Michigan University, or Kalamazoo in general, are now available at our website.

    We would like to share our excitement about this program. If you have a colleague, classmate, or student who would be interested in the Institute, we would appreciate your assistance in forwarding this email to him/her.

    Questions? Please contact Paula Bucknell via email or call (269) 387-4174.

  • 04 Apr 2011 12:48 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Aldeen Startalk Teacher Training

    The Aldeen Foundation is Proud to announce its Third Aldeen StarTalk Summer Teacher Training Program “Arabic 4 All”.

    Training Themes and Focus:
    - Teaching Heritage Learners.
    - Planning Instruction for HL.
    - Standards Based and Differentiated Instruction.
    - The use of Technology in the HL class.
    - Should attend online for 2-3 hours/day between May 16th and May 27th.
    And attend the onsite training June 27th to July 1st (from9am-5pm) at our Pasadena/California location.
    - Native or near native proficiency in Arabic.
    - 3 years of teaching experience at the K-16 level.
    - Commitment to professional growth.
    - Computer literate.
    - Working proficiency in English.
    - 12 days can be done from the comfort of your home.  
    - A stipend of $1200 upon successful completion to cover travel, lodging and other expenses.
    - Work with experts from the field including Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure, 
    Mr. Ahmed Khorshid, Dr.Maria Carriera, Liz Galvin from UCLA and Mrs. Lina Kholaki.
    - Network, collaborate and be in contact with like minded colleagues.  
    To apply please visit:
    For more information contact Dr.Hanada Taha-Thomure and Thouraya Baghdadi at: Aldeenstartalk09@aldeenfoundation 
    Space Limited:Hurry Up and Apply: Spaces are limited to 15 teachers only.
  • 04 Apr 2011 12:46 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    Innovative and Engaging Teaching Methods using primarily Arabic as Language of Instruction 

    Penn State STARTALK Arabic Academy for Teachers 
    June 22–30, 2011, at Penn State University Park

    The Penn State STARTALK Arabic Academy for Teachers is a federally funded professional development program for teachers of Arabic in middle school, high school, and college and university environments. Teachers of other subjects who are preparing to offer Arabic classes, graduate students planning careers that will include teaching Arabic, and experienced teachers of Arabic seeking to expand their awareness of current teaching methods are all welcome.

    This blended learning program consists of an online preparation component, a nine-day on-site component at Penn State University Park (June 22–30), and an online follow-up component. 

    The program provides participants with information about, and practice in, innovative teaching methodologies for Modern Standard Arabic, with a focus on helping teachers remain in the target language, and use little or no English in their Arabic classroom. 

    For a description of the curriculum and the application process, visit

    Participants can earn 2 to 3 college credits for completing the program. Tuition and fees for 2 credits will be paid by the academy. Participants have the option to enroll for a 3rd credit, which is not paid by the academy (cost to participants is $600 to $1,000). 

    On-campus room and board for the on-site workshop component of the program will be paid by the academy. Participants who prefer to make their own housing arrangements will receive an allowance of up to $600 for food and lodging during the on-campus component of the program. 
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