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 Skills. Preference 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.
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.