Instructors | Concordia Language Villages


Donna Clementi mentoring teachers in
the areas of language instruction.

Dr. Donna Clementi has been associated with Concordia Language Villages for over 40 years and is the former director of education and research. She now serves as a consultant and lead instructor for CLV teacher education sessions and professional development workshops. She is the founder of the Master of Education in World Language Instruction Program at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. Clementi collaborates annually with the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota by leading a summer assessment course for language teachers. She also teaches a foreign language methods course at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. She is a nationally recognized expert in world language performance assessment and has extensive experience administering and leading professional development workshops and seminars across the country, which include curriculum design, instructional strategies, and assessment. Clementi is co-author of The Keys to Planning for Learning (ACTFL 2017, now in its second edition). Clementi received her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

Dr. Salah Ayari is an Instructional Associate Professor of Arabic and Director of Language Instruction in the Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University. He holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in applied linguistics from the University of Minnesota. Ayari has taught Arabic at all levels of instruction for over 20 years and has conducted over 30 site visits to different school districts for Arabic program evaluation and improvement. He has led short-term study abroad programs to Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar for more than 10 years. Regularly working with K–16 Arabic language educators, he leads workshops and gives presentations on curriculum development, instructional effectiveness and the impact of study abroad on intercultural competence and language growth.

Dr. Manuela Wagner is Professor of Foreign Language Education in the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages at the University of Connecticut. Her teaching and research interests include first and second language education, intercultural communication, intercultural competence, humor, pragmatics, emergent bilinguals and advocacy for language education. Having taught elementary school Spanish, she enjoys collaborating with colleagues in various contexts in order to bridge theory and practice. She holds a Ph.D. in English studies with a specialization in linguistics from Graz University, Austria.​