November 16, 2016, Boston – At the 2016 American Councils on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Convention, 54 QFI-sponsored Arabic language educators from across the U.S. will network with other foreign language educators and preview a series of new Arabic language learning resources presented by Qatar Foundation International (QFI).
Prior to the convention, K-16 language educators and experts are invited to participate in a day-long Arabic language forum to discuss issues of relevance to the Arabic K-16 pipeline. These issues include “speedbumps” on the path towards building Arabic proficiency, and fostering understanding other’s experiences. The event will be kicked off by keynote speaker Maysoon Zayid, an actress, comedian, disability advocate, and writer.
The QFI booth will showcase new resources, as well as premiere new resources and updates to existing tools. It will include:
- A sneak-peak of two new I Speak Arabic videos, which use storytelling to showcase the benefits of studying Arabic.
- A new Total Physical Response (TPR) Arabic language lesson through #ArabicYoga
- A preview of seven Annenberg Learner videos depicting best practices for teaching Arabic as a foreign language across the elementary, middle and high school levels.
- An example of the Tilemaker web application, which allows users to create unique mosaic tiles while learning about the geometric principles behind them.
Additionally, QFI will announce the winners of its Dora Johnson Awards during QFI’s annual Arabic banquet, which will take place Thursday evening.
QFI will also host a workshop for its cohort of Teacher Fellows. Topics will include integrating formal and colloquial Arabic in the classroom, as well as incorporating cultural elements into one’s curricula.
Maggie Mitchell Salem, executive director of QFI said, “We have participated in ACTFL for the past six years, contributing quality, open resources and hosting educators from various backgrounds and school levels in order to network, collaborate and explore new opportunities so rarely provided to the Arabic language teaching community. We strive to empower language teachers and hope that our contributions will motivate and increase awareness and the importance of Arabic language and culture education.”