Posted on November 19, 2015

The 2015 American Councils on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Convention will serve as host for over fifty QFI sponsored Arabic language educators from across the US, brought together to gain professional development and network with other language educators, and where Qatar Foundation International (QFI) will preview a series of new Arabic language learning resources.

The QFI’s exhibit 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 that teachers can request be mailed to their classroom, used for a certain period of time, and then sent to the next classroom on the list;
  • A first glimpse into QFI’s new I Speak Arabic campaign, which aims to use storytelling to showcase the benefits of studying Arabic and provides access to resources for doing so.

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The I Speak Arabic campaign will present personal narratives, and use data and facts to demonstrate how studying Arabic drives personal development, human connections, cultural literacy, and professional success. The campaign will demonstrate QFI’s dedication to connecting cultures and advancing global citizenship through education and the tools and resources it offers for those who want to learn more about the Arabic language and Arab culture. A preview will also be available at iSpeakArabic.com.

Additionally, QFI has sponsored the attendance of fifty-five Arabic language teachers to ACTFL, through its annual Dora Johnson Awards, QFI’s Teacher Fellowship Program, and its grants to schools. The winners of this year’s Dora Johnson Award will be announced during QFI’s annual Arabic banquet, taking place Saturday evening. The reception is open to the public and showcases current QFI projects and outstanding teachers, while providing attendees with a space to network and collaborate. 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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