Professional Development Workshops for Teachers of Arabic | Concordia Language Villages

Professional Development Workshops for Teachers of Arabic

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Through a generous grant from the Qatar Foundation International, Concordia Language Villages is pleased to offer two Professional Development Workshops for Teachers of Arabic, at our beautiful Language Villages facilities near Bemidji, Minn. This project will bring together K-16 Arabic language teachers from across the United States in two exciting opportunities to participate in professional development programs this year. The 2021-2022 workshop series theme is Engaging Learners Within and Beyond the Classroom. Preference will be given to K-16 teachers of Arabic from the U.S. Midwest, but all teachers of Arabic language and culture are welcome to apply.

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.”

Learner Engagement through Intercultural Citizenship Workshop

2021-2022 Workshop series dates & locations:
  • October 14-17 (in person, near Bemidji, Minn.):  Considerations in Engaging All Learners
  • December 1 | 7-8 p.m. Central (webinar):  Teacher-Student Rapport
  • February 2 | 7-8 p.m. Central (webinar):  Positive Classroom Dynamics & Culture
  • March 2 | 7-8 p.m. Central (webinar):  Initiating Engagement with Learning Tasks
  • March 24-27 (in person, near Bemidji, Minn.):  Sustaining Engagement with Learning Tasks

Engaging Learners Within and Beyond the Classroom Workshop Series

Exploring topics of personal relevance to the learners is at the heart of engaging learners and maintaining their interest. When learners believe that what they are learning is useful to them now or in their futures, extrinsic motivation moves to intrinsic motivation, promoting deeper and more sustained learning. 

Deeper learning promotes stronger and longer memory of what is learned, contributing to greater proficiency in the Arabic language. Throughout the Arabic teacher workshop series, participants explore the attributes of engagement, learn strategies to maintain learner engagement in the classroom, and how the application of learning beyond the classroom for intercultural citizenship sustains engagement. 

Each participant will receive a copy of Engaging Language Learners in Contemporary Classrooms by Sarah Mercer and Zoltán Dörnyei (Cambridge Professional Learning 2020).


Please note the following details concerning the workshops:

  • Check your personal and professional calendars to ensure that you can attend both the October and March workshops. Participants who do not attend all workshops (in-person and online) in the series forfeit the refund of the $200 deposit.
  • 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.
  • Reimbursement of up to $500 for each workshop is provided to defray the cost of travel to/from BJI (Bemidji, Minn.) airport. Alternatively, reimbursement of up to $400 for each workshop is provided for travel to/from MSP (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) airport, with a courtesy shuttle bus between MSP and Concordia Language Villages' workshop site. To qualify for reimbursement, participants must provide original, itemized receipts within 30 days of the end of each workshop.
  • 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 23. We will notify confirmed registrations and waitlist candidates by September 24.