Professional Development Workshops for Teachers of Arabic | Concordia Language Villages

Professional Development Workshops for Teachers of Arabic

Professional Development Workshops for Teachers of Arabic registration for 2020-2021 is now closed. Please contact Heather Vick at if you are interested in joining the waitlist.

Through a generous grant from the Qatar Foundation International, Concordia Language Villages is pleased to offer two Professional Development Workshops for Teachers of Arabic, online (Fall 2020) and at our beautiful Finnish Language Village facilities (Spring 2021) 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 2020-2021 workshop series theme is Learner Engagement through Intercultural Citizenship. 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 Dates

Online workshop:

  • October 9, 2020 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m. central, lunch break 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
  • October 10, 2020 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m. central, lunch break 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)


  • December 2, 2020, 7-8 p.m. central
  • February 3, 2021, 7-8 p.m. central
  • April 7, 2021, 7-8 p.m. central

In-person workshop (near Bemidji, Minn.):

  • March 25-28, 2021

Learner Engagement through Intercultural Citizenship Workshop Series Description

This year's workshop series builds on the 2019-2020 theme of Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC), adding the concept of Intercultural Citizenship to the ICC model. "Teaching Intercultural Citizenship provides a pathway toward positioning language programs where students experience viable and purposeful learning that has long-lasting impact on their personal and ultimately professional aspirations." (p. ix Teaching Intercultural Citizenship Across the Curriculum). The fall workshop opens with a discussion of the definition of Intercultural Citizenship and how it completes the model of ICC, emphasizing purposeful use of the target language.

This discussion draws on the ideas in Teaching Intercultural Citizenship Across the Curriculum (2019) by Wagner, Cardetti, and Byram. Dr. Manuela Wagner, guest presenter, will explain how Intercultural Citizenship adds the critical element of action to engage learners in meaningful interactions in the target language.

Two webinars related to this theme link the fall workshop to the spring workshop. The spring workshop applies the concept of Intercultural Citizenship to social justice. Dr. Cassandra Glynn, guest presenter, guides the participants through unit plan development based onWords and Actions: Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice  (2018) by Glynn, Wesely, and Wassell. Units based on social justice encourage learners to take their learning beyond the classroom both locally and globally, incorporating the action of Intercultural Citizenship.

A final webinar following the spring workshop invites the participants to share how they integrated Intercultural Citizenship with the goal of using the target language to purposefully engage learners in actions beyond the classroom.

Workshop series participants will be able to -
1. Define Intercultural Citizenship and its relationship to Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) in the Arabic language classroom.
2. Identify the five components of teaching for social justice, with examples for the Arabic language classroom.
3. Describe classrooms where learners are actively engaged in communication in the Arabic language.
4. Design purposeful communicative activities to engage all learners in exploring topics of social justice.
5. Create a thematic unit and sample lesson plans based on a social justice theme that build proficiency in Arabic and develop Intercultural Citizenship.

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 must attend both workshops in order to receive a 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 18, 2020. We will notify confirmed registrations and waitlist candidates by September 25, 2020.