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