November 17, 2016, WASHINGTON, D.C. –– American Councils for International Education (AC), an international education nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced a collaboration with Qatar Foundation International (QFI) to strengthen Arabic language and Arab culture education in the U.S.
AC and QFI will collaborate on joint educational, research and training goals that benefit the missions that advance the study and teaching of Arabic language and cultures, and of modern language education.
“The partnership between QFI and American Councils represents not only the shared goals of our organizations, but also the changing demographics of the U.S., wherein one of every five Americans speak a language other than English at home,” said American Councils President and CEO Dr. Dan E. Davidson. “Of those languages, Arabic is one of the fastest-growing. We look forward to our joint efforts to bring forth a greater understanding of Arabic language and culture, as well as to further extend access to educational opportunities to learn Arabic—as well as to measure the language proficiency of those students.”
AC will participate in QFI’s inaugural Arabic K-16 Forum, leading sessions for K-16 Arabic educators on promoting world language education and public awareness. During the forum, American Councils’ Dr. Ken Petersen will speak about the National Examinations in World Languages or NEWL, language proficiency exams endorsed by the College Board. The exams are now available to Arabic students that seek college credit or placement.
“We are thrilled to expand our network and join forces with American Councils,” said Maggie Mitchell Salem, QFI Executive Director. “Sharing global expertise and unique perspectives are an essential step to evolve as we strive to connect young people in the Americas with quality language and culture programs and produce competent and responsible global citizens.”