7/17/2011 to 7/30/2011
Concordia Language Villages
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Second Language and Immersion Methodologies for STARTALK ARABIC TEACHERS Grades K- 16
Dates: July 17 - 30, 2011
Location: Concordia Language Villages, Bemidji, Minnesota
Website: STARTALK Teacher Programs at Concordia
Description: The Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st
Century and principles of second language and immersion pedagogy serve
as the framework for this four-credit graduate level course. A
residential program designed for K-16 teachers of Arabic, the
participants will enhance their understanding of best practices in
teaching Arabic through participation in language learning groups and
activities at Al-WaHa, the Arabic Language Village of Concordia
Language Villages. The STARTALK teachers will spend the first week of
their program in a series of workshops and discussion groups with the
staff members of the Arabic Language Village, learning and sharing
teaching strategies advocated by Concordia Language Villages. The
Arabic staff and STARTALK participants will then welcome villagers
between the ages of 8 and 18 to Al-WaHa for a week of language
learning activities prepared for them during the first week of the
STARTALK program. Content-based instruction will be highlighted in the
program with discussions facilitated by guest presenter, Dr. Shereen
Tabrizi The seminar will be led by Dr. Salah Ayari, Director of the
Arabic and Asian Language Office at Texas A & M University. Dr.
Ayari has worked with Concordia Language Villages for the past six
summers as the lead instructor for the STARTALK Arabic Teacher Program.
He was a lead designer of the Arabic Language Village curriculum.
Donna Clementi, Director of Education and Research at Concordia Language
Villages, will serve as the program director. Four graduate credits
will be awarded for successful completion of the course.
$1680 Tuition for the four-credit graduate course ($420/graduate credit)
$910 Housing and all meals during the STARTALK program
Full scholarships in the amount of $2590 are available to
participants through the STARTALK program. In addition, each
participant will receive up to $300 to defray the costs of travel to
STARTALK scholarships are available to applicants who are selected to
participate in the program. Selection is based on response to the
question about motivation for applying to the STARTALK program, and
current/future teaching situation.