Qatar Professional Development Workshops

Through a generous grant from the Qatar Foundation International, Concordia Language Villages is able to offer two Qatar Professional Development Workshops for current and future teachers of Arabic at our beautiful Finnish and Russian Language Village facilities near Bemidji, Minn. This project will bring together K-12 Arabic language teachers from across the United States in two exciting opportunities to participate in professional development programs this year. The 2017 - 2018 workshop theme is New Literacies for a Globally Connected World: Strengthening Communication SkillsPreference will be given to K-12 Arabic teachers from the Midwest, but all Arabic teachers are welcome to apply.

In addition to new and returning participants, this year's workshop is structured to include those who have already attended multiple QFI-CLV workshops in the past to enroll as  teacher-leader participants.

What do past participants say about the program?

  • “It was a very informative workshop and memorable experience. Thanks for all the good stuff we learned!”
  • “You people rock! Thank you very much for the great program.”
  • “Amazing food. Great job!”
  • “I enjoyed sharing ideas. This was a very helpful and great workshop.”

New Literacies Workshop Dates

In-Person Sessions:

  • October 5-8, 2017
  • April 12-15, 2018

Webinar Sessions:

  • December 5, 2017
  • February 6, 2018
  • March 6, 2018

All webinars will be at 7:00 p.m. CST.

New Literacies Workshop Description

Teachers will strengthen their skills in developing students' reading comprehension and composition skills in Arabic, as part of a wider national movement on literacy and bi-literacy. At the same time, the theme underscores that no language skill stands alone and that literacy is developed within the overall communicative context. The workshop content recognizes the ever-increasing spotlight on this part of the world while allowing for integration of the study of curriculum design, lesson planning, methodology, techniques, formative assessment and student affect.

The dual-workshop participation creates the opportunity to work with one cohort of K–12 Arabic language educators for a full academic year. The accommodating theme and intimate, residential nature of the workshops offer frequent opportunities, both formal and informal, for the participants to collaborate and to learn from each other. The second workshop schedule is intentionally structured to allow all participants to share what they experimented with in the classroom after the fall workshop: what they learned, how they succeeded, and where they need feedback for improvement.

Please note the following details concerning the workshops:

  1. Check your personal and professional calendars to ensure that you can attend both the October and April workshops.
  2. Participants should plan to arrive on Thursday evening for each workshop in order to provide two full days to work on curriculum and assessment documents.  Departure can be scheduled for Sunday morning.
  3. A stipend of $500 for each workshop is provided to defray the cost of travel to/from Bemidji, Minnesota. To qualify for the stipend, participants must provide orignial, itemized receipts.
  4. Due to program requirements, a minimum of 15 slots will be reserved for first-time participants. Due to this, enrollment of all interested past participants cannot be guaranteed. We ask that all apply by September 14, 2017. We will notify confirmed registrations and waitlist candidates by September 28, 2017.