Professional Development Workshops for Teachers of Arabic

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 Russian and Finnish Language Village 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 2018-2019 workshop theme is High-Leverage Teaching Practices. 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.”

High-Leverage Teaching Practices Workshop Dates

In-Person Sessions (near Bemidji, Minn.):

  • October 11-14, 2018
  • April 11-14, 2019

Webinar Sessions (via technology):

  • December 4, 2018, 19:00-20:00
  • February 5, 2019, 19:00-20:00
  • March 5, 2019, 19:00-20:00

High-Leverage Teaching Practices Workshop Description

Based on the textbook Enacting the Work of Language Instruction: High-Leverage Teaching Practices (2017) by Eileen W. Glisan and Richard Donato, K–16 teachers will reflect on how their classroom instruction supports student learning. This year's theme is designed to facilitate articulation across all levels of instruction to increase proficiency.  

HLTP topics include making the target language comprehensible; effective interpersonal pair and group tasks; interpreting authentic texts; focus on form in the communicative classroom; integrating culture; and the role of feedback to improve communication. Participants will work together to analyze unit and lesson plans for opportunities to integrate HLTPs.  They will practice HLTP activities during the workshops with the goal of enacting these activities when they return to their classrooms.

The first workshop builds a comprehensive understanding of the material. The second workshop 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.  Participants must attend both workshops in order to receive a refund of the $200 deposit.
  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. Reimbursement of up to $500 for each workshop is provided to defray the cost of travel to/from Bemidji, Minn. To qualify for reimbursement, participants must provide original, 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 13, 2018. We will notify confirmed registrations and waitlist candidates by September 27, 2018.