Southern California Arabic Language Teacher Council (SCALTC) First Annual State Wide Conference!

 Effective Instruction & Assessment to Build Higher Proficiency

january 19, 2014 ---  8:30-4:30  ----   Anaheim Hilton Hotel

Southern California Arabic Language Teacher Council (SCALTC) invites you to our First Annual State Wide Conference!

All Arabic teachers K-16 and interested educators are invited to a day full of learning to enhance teaching of Arabic to all learners. 

Nationally Renowned Guest Speakers:

  • Paul Sandrock, Director of Education at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), directs this national organization’s professional development and initiatives around standards, curriculum, instruction, and performance assessment. Previously, Paul was Assistant Director of Content and Learning at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, beginning that state's implementation of Common Core State Standards, and earlier served as the state consultant for world languages. Paul taught Spanish for 16 years in middle school and high school and authored The Keys to Assessing Language Performance and Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages.

  • Dr. Khaled Huthaily, assistant professor of Arabic and Linguistics and Head of the Arabic Section at the University of Montana, is a Fulbright scholar, holding a B.A. in education, an M.A. in applied linguistics (focusing on Arabic-English contrastive linguistics), and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction (focusing on Arabic language instruction and curriculum development based on linguistic analysis). He is the author of “Second Language Instruction with Linguistic Awareness: Teaching Arabic to Speakers of English,” which discusses research findings on the use of linguistics to improve Arabic language instruction.

Workshop 1: Charting Language Learners’ Progress – Developing Performance Mode by Mode

Presented by: Paul Sandrock

How do I know my language learners are improving and are able to perform at a higher level?  Examine the key characteristics of Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced ranges of performance.  Learn useful tools for teachers to focus both instruction and assessment and for learners to reflect on their progress. Experience and analyze strategies for developing and assessing language learners’ performance in each mode of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational).  Identify what to emphasize in order to build learners’ confidence in using Arabic and help them progress to the next proficiency level.

View the presentation here.

Workshop 2: The Teaching of Arabic Language Skills

Presented by: Dr. Khaled Huthaily

Linguistics is an essential component to improve second language instruction and acquisition. In this workshop, Dr. Huthaily will discuss and connect research findings in the field of educational linguistics with the Arabic language skills (namely, listening, speaking, reading, and writing). The audience will participate in the workshop by sharing their classroom experience and by working on activities as groups.


Registration is FREE
Parking is FREE
Breakfast & Lunch Provided

Limited sponsorship for hotel accommodation (double/triple occupancy for one night, 1/18/14 for attendees traveling over 100 miles).

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Southern California Arabic Language Teacher Council (SCALTC)!

Second Cultural Day

A Taste Of Arabic Language And Cultures

March 1, 2014 ---- 11:00 - 3:00 pm --- Brookhurst Community Center, Anaheim

Please join us in celebrating the SCALTC second annual celebration of Arabic Language and Culture event.

  • Visit booths that showcase K-16 Arabic programs offered throughout Southern California private and public schools and universities.

  • Bring students 3rd grades and up for a day filled with opportunities to communicate in Arabic with students from other schools, gain knowledge and experience about the Arabic cultures, and taste a variety of Arabic food.

  • Attend a cultural show where you can enjoy Arabic music, Dabke performances, and much more

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May 4, 2014 ---- 9:30- 1:00 pm ---- California State University, Long Beach


Invites you to attend our mini conference sessions

Join us for a day filled with learning, fun, and creativity

Opening Session:

 “100% Target Language, 100% Active Engagement.”    

 by Lewis Johnson                                                

Putting Students in Charge of their Learning
by Iman A. Hashem

Abstract: In this session, participants will have first-hand experience that are centered around them in their role as learners. The instructor will guide participants to plan activities and use strategies that put their students in charge of their own learning.  At the end of the session, the participants will  have the chance to design their own activities centered around their students interest and need.

Student - Centered in Language Classroom
By Layla Bahr Al- Aloom

Abstract: This session will help the teachers in understanding how to implement the student-centered in the Arabic language classroom. Teachers also will learn new effective strategies through cooperative learning that will motivate the students to interact and use the Arabic language more.

Spice your Students’ Vocabulary
By Lina Kholaki

Abstract: As we learned from research that students need to hear a vocabulary word and practice it around 28 times. Who has the time? This session will allow participants to examine, explore and create opportunities for their students to recycle and retain vocabulary learned in an engaging and fun way.

Finding, Sharing & Publishing Arabic Teaching Resources on Al- Masdar
By Munir Shaikh

Abstract:  Al-Masdar is a new free website sponsored by QFI for Arabic teachers. Bring your laptop for this hands-on training session. Learn how you can effectively search for high quality lesson plans, PowerPoint, multimedia clips, and other resources to use in your teaching. Earn a digital badge and recognition by creating an Al-Masdar account and sharing your own resources, handouts, and activities to enrich the website (you can upload Word docs, PDFs, PowerPoint, audio/video clips, etc.).