Qatar is Booming: QFI to Join Language Educators at ACTFL Annual Conference

The 2015 American Councils on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Convention will host more than 50 QFI-sponsored Arabic language educators from across the United States.

QFI’s booth, “Arabic Advocacy and Culture: I Speak Arabic”will feature a series of new resources, as well as updates and improvements to existing tools, including:

  • Revamped Madar Al-Huruf (The Arabic Alphabet Q-Wheel) app, a language tool that introduces users to the Arabic alphabet.
  • The Mosaic Tile Generator App, which introduces students to fundamental concepts of Islamic art and architecture through exploration and creation of mosaic tile art.
  • Arabic Resource Box, a toolkit of teaching resources.
  • A first glimpse into QFI’s new “I Speak Arabic” campaign, which uses storytelling to showcase the benefits of studying Arabic and provides resources for doing so.

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The “I Speak Arabic” campaign presents personal narratives, and demonstrates how studying Arabic promotes personal development, human connections, cultural literacy and professional success.

Additionally, QFI gave 55 Arabic language teachers the opportunity to attend ACTFL. Prior to attending the conference, QFI teachers will also participate in a workshop on design thinking led by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management Education (ISKME).

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Maggie Mitchell Salem, executive director of QFI said, “We are excited to preview the I Speak Arabic campaign at the 2015 ACTFL conference. We have been active participants in ACTFL for five years, and we are thrilled to present a first look into the campaign to a motivated audience of educators and academic influencers in the language learning community. We hope that it paired with our existing resources, will motivate and increase awareness importance of Arabic language and culture education.”

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