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Seventh Annual Culture Day

SCALTC would like to invite you to participate in this year’s 7th annual Arabic Culture Day on April 6th, 2019.

Our Cultural Day theme for this year is Cuisine Around the Arab World
We welcome and encourage all schools to participate in  either the showcase or on stage presentations. For further information click here.
 Please use the following links for registration  

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Sixth Annual SCALTC State-Wide Conference

Southern California Arabic Language Teacher Council

Invite You to Attend 

Sixth Annual SCALTC State-Wide Conference
Developing 21st Century Skills through Effective Learning Plan 

Laura Terrill: Nationally Renowned Guest Speakers

Independent Consultant in World Language and ELL.

Laura Terrill is a national consultant who holds a BA in French from the University of Missouri — St. Louis and a MA in Secondary Administration from Northeast Missouri State University. She taught French at all levels for 21 years before becoming the Coordinator of Foreign Language and English as a Second Language and then, Director of Curriculum.  She has taught methods courses in St. Louis and in Indianapolis and continues to present at the local, state, regional and national levels. She has served on the Board of Directors for Central States and ACTFL. She is the recipient of the Founders Award for Central States, has been named as the NADSFL District Supervisor of the Year and has received the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership. She recently co-authored the Second Edition of ACTFL Keys to Planning for Learning: Effective Curriculum, Unit and Lesson Design. She is currently the  Senior Associate for Professional Development for the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland working with STARTALK programs.

Putting Knowledge into Practice: Designing Innovative Arabic Learning Plan

Lead by the SCALTC Executive Committee Members

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For Assistance Contact Hadia Abdullah (818) 384-3836

Complimentary Breakfast &Lunch !

Limited sponsorship for hotel accommodation
eligible only for attendees traveling over 100 miles
double/triple occupancy for one night 1/19/19

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First Online Session, Technology- Based Tool for the Arabic Language Classroom

يسر مجلس معلمي اللغة العربية لجنوب كاليفورنيا 
 دعوتكم لحضور الاجتماع الافتراضي الأول لهذا العام

 موعدنا يوم الأربعاء الخامس من ديسمبر  ٢٠١٨ م من الساعة السابعة الى الثامنة مساءً بتوقيت كاليفورنيا

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Second Online Session, Enriching your Teaching Toolbox: Performance-Based Assessment

يسر مجلس معلمي اللغة العربية لجنوب كاليفورنيا

دعوتكم لحضور اجتماعها الافتراضي الثاني لهذا العام . في هذا الاجتماع ستتعرفون على عدة أفكار عن طريقة تقييم الأداء اللغوي للطلبة 

 تقدمة الأستاذتان القديرتان 

إيمان عربي كاتبي هاشم & لينا خلقي

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Six Annual Cultural Day

 THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ARABIC LANGUAGE TEACHER COUNCIL (SCALTC)                                                                     Invites you to its 

                                                Annual Cultural Day 

                                          ART OF THE ARAB WORLD

                            Arabic Language and Culture Immersion

                 Tasting of Arabic Cuisine and cooking demonstrations

                                            Enjoy a free Arabic lunch 

                                                School performances   

                             Dabke, Tabla, Henna, Calligraphy and much more

 Free registration at www:scaltc.com                                        by deadline: April 16, 2018

For assistance contact Hadia Al abdullah @ 8183843836

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Fifth Annual State Wide Conference



January 14, 2017---  8:15-4:15----    DoubleTree Suite By Hilton, Anahiem

Southern California Arabic Language Teacher Council (SCALTC) invites you to our Fifth 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:

Building Proficiency with Deep and Rich Language Learning Activities
Presented by: Dr. Helena Curtain

This workshop will focus on how can we plan for learning activities that build usable proficiency and engage learners in deep and rich meaningful tasks. The presentation will also share ideas about the following: Are learner tasks intrinsically interesting?  Cognitively engaging? Culturally connected? Communicatively purposeful? 

Bio: Helena Curtain, Ph. D. is an internationally known expert on second language teaching methodology, curriculum development, and bilingual education who has worked as a language educator at all levels. She is the co-author of Languages and Learners:  Making the Match which has been translated into Chinese.  She has received several national and regional awards and has authored numerous articles dealing with second language instruction. She served as Foreign Language Curriculum Specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools for many years and in that capacity coordinated and supervised K-12 foreign language, immersion and ESOL programs. She served as associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and directed the Foreign Language and ESOL teacher preparation programs. She has broad experience working with schools and school districts, teaching and conducting workshops throughout the United States and internationally in thirty-nine countries.


Workshop 2: Sustaining Motivation & Engagement: Task-Based Lesson Design
Presented by: Mrs. Lina Kholaki     

Bio: Lina Kholaki has master degree in human development, adult teaching in California. She is certified as an ACTFL-OPI and WPT tester. Lina has been in the teaching field for the past 20+ years. She has experience teaching Arabic from K-16 college level. She began teaching Arabic at New Horizon Elementary-Middle School in Pasadena, where she remained on staff for thirteen years. In addition to teaching responsibilities she Created and organized an annual Arabic camp (Ya Marhaba) during winter breaks and after-school “Arabic Club.”In addition to directing AldeenStartalk summer Intensive Arabic Programs for high school students. Since 2001, Lina has been appointed by the Bureau of Islamic and Arabic Education and Aldeen foundation as language consultant and coordinator for Arabic teachers at the four New Horizon since 2001-present. Then moved to teaching college level at Cal State San Bernardino 2006-2011, then she was appointed by University of Southern California as department coordinator and Arabic instructor 2011-2015. Currently she serves as consultant and instructional coach for LAUSD-Dual Immersion program at Elizabeth Learning Center in Los Angeles, California. Lina is the co-developer of “Hayya Natakalam Maan”, a landmark program for teaching Arabic language following the modern standards for young learners. Lina serves as president of National Arabic Teacher Association (NATA K-12) a nonprofit organization that Created as a forum for K-12 Arabic language teachers in public and private sector. Co-chair Southern California QFI Teacher Council “SCALTC”, serving Arabic language teachers in Southern California since 2013-present. 2015 ACTFL Veteran Teacher of the Year Award- San Diego, California.

Workshop 3: Designing Meaningful Cognitively Engaging Lesson Plan
Presented by: Mrs. Iman AK Hashem

Bio: Iman Hashem, M.A. is Program Director of Arabic Language at the Occidental College Foreign Language Project. She regularly designs and conducts workshops, nationwide, for teachers of foreign and heritage languages, most often for teachers of the Arabic and Chinese languages. During her career, she authored curricula and materials for heritage and non-heritage learners, taught and directed K-12 Arabic language programs, participated in the delivery of the Advanced Development of Language Proficiency Program at the Language Acquisition Resource Center, and designed a certificate program for teachers of Arabic and Arabic speakers at California State University, Fullerton. Mrs. Hashem was a member of the writing committee for the Standards for Learning Arabic and for California's World Language Content Standards. Currently, she consults for the Los Angeles Unified School District and K-12 Islamic schools, where she designs Arabic language programs and supports program improvement in language and culture.  She was also the Arabic consultant/coach for the Arabic Immersion Magnet School, and P.S./I.S. 30 Mary White Ovington and the Arabic Immersion Magnet School (AIMS) in Houston, Texas. Also, Mrs. Hashem was the consultant of Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) FLAP Arabic dual immersion and FLES program and Granada Hills Charter High School, and Bell High School.  Mrs. Hashem works at California State University, Long Beach where she taught world language methods and Arabic.  She designed courses in elementary, intermediate and advanced Arabic for non-native and heritage speakers. Iman Hashem was the recipient of the Special Achievement Award from the New Horizon System in 1996, CLTA's President's Award for Leadership in Language Education in 2003, (CLTA) and (CWLP) Outstanding Teacher Award 2012, the John and Phyllis Jung Endowed Part-Time Faculty Award 2014, and the (ACTFL) Veteran Teacher Award 2016.


Registration is FREE
Lunch Provided

Limited sponsorship for hotel accommodation (for one night, for attendees traveling over 100 miles).

Email us @ scaltcouncil@gmail.com to reserve your spot in the hotel. 

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 Building your Teaching Toolbox

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  Building your Teaching Toolbox

Join us for a day filled with learning and planning

Integrating Tech Tools for
Improving Student Engagement and Proficiency: By Oraib Mango

Abstract: This workshop will focus on the different ways that technology can be integrated into the teaching and learning of Arabic as a second language. Participants will develop an understanding of these technologies and how they can be integrated into the curriculum to enhance standards- based lessons, help fulfill course objectives, promote students’ proficiency while providing rich meaningful and engaging learning experiences.

Teaching Arabic in Context    
Ayman Ramadan

Differentiating Instructions for Heritage and Non-Heritage Learners: By
Manar Tarazi & Baria Fawal

Abstract: In this workshop, the presenters will give an overview of their program and how they are buildingtheir curricula for heritage and non heritage students.  They will model activities and show how they are differentiated to meet the needs and proficiency level for each group. At the end, the participants will explore ways to adapt these activities for their own students.  

For the first time a planning session for the Culture Day                                                       

Free registration, food and parking!

Register at www.scaltc.com

Registration deadline: October 12, 2017

For Assistance Contact Hadia Al Abdullah @ (818) 384-3836 or @ contact Us

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Kaleidoscope of the Arab World

Dear Teachers and Educators,

On behalf of the Southern California Arabic Language Teacher Council (SCALTC) we would like invite you to our Fifth Annual Culture Day. Teachers are encourage to register as soon as possible and fill out the Presenter's Proposal Form before February 20th, 2017. Teacher also are encourage to ask their students and their parents to register

Registration Deadline: March 13th, 2017

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Fourth Annual State Wide Conference

Beyond The Textbook: Paving The Road to Proficiency


January 15, 2017---  8:15-4:15----    DoubleTree Suite By Hilton, Anahiem

Southern California Arabic Language Teacher Council (SCALTC) invites you to our Fourth 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:

  • Dr. Salah Ayari is currently an Associate Instructional Professor of Arabic and Arabic Studies and Director of Language Instruction at the Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. Prior to moving Texas A&M University in 2007, he taught Arabic for elementary and middle school students and served as a school principal for a total of 12 years. Dr. Ayari also provides training for K-12 Arabic language teachers in curriculum development and standards-based instruction through STARTALK and QFI funded workshops. He also conducts school site visits for Arabic program evaluation and improvement

  • Liz Matchett, California Language Teacher's Association 2016 Teacher of the Year, teaches at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto California. She is also the World Language Instructional Supervisor, with a department of 14 supportive colleagues who teach five languages. Her work exemplifies her certainty that all students can learn languages, world languages are part of the core curriculum, and every language matters. She spent part of her mid-career directing the Stanford World Language Program. This, coupled with her achievement of National Board Certification, solidified her belief that strong and continuous professional development is one of the keys to keeping teachers engaged and dedicated to the profession. Additionally, she works as a Cooperating Teacher for the Stanford Teacher Education Program because she believes that practicing teachers have the duty to support their emerging and new colleagues in order to ensure a dynamic and energetic cadre of educators who are prepared to nurture the next generation of global citizens.

Workshop 1: Designing Authentic Literacy Activities in the Arabic Classroom

Presented By: Dr. Salah Ayari

Abstract: Participants in this session will learn the importance of reading and writing real-life texts for real-life purposes. Samples of authentic reading and writing tasks aimed at developing literacy skills in Arabic will be examined.

Workshop 2: Let's Get Real! Real-world Speaking and  Listening Tasks for the Performance-based Classroom

Presented by:  Liz Matchett

Abstract: Our students must be prepared to understand and produce spoken Arabic. The only way we can prepare them for this real-world task is to to provide them with opportunities to practice listening and speaking to authentic sources. We will explore the theory behind the methods, experience some speaking and listening tasks used in a Spanish classroom, and have time to begin to adapt the tasks for Arabic.


Registration is FREE
Parking is FREE
Lunch Provided

Limited sponsorship for hotel accommodation (for one night, for attendees traveling over 100 miles).

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Full Day Workshop

Dear SCALTC Members,

 Our next event of the year will be The Full Day Workshop on October 8, 2016 at Occidental collage. As usual, we are looking forward for your contributions and participation. This year's event is titled "Materials, Ideas, and Beyond". 

Join us for a day filled with learning and sharing

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Fourth Annual Cultural Day

Dear SCALTC members,

Our next event of the year will be the fourth annual culture day on Tuesday April 23, 2016 at Rush Park.  As usual, we are looking forward for your contributions and participation. This year's event is titled "Celebrating Arabic Language and Cultures". 

In order to organize a successful event we are requesting schools that are interested in participating in the event to complete the presenter’s proposal form through the link below:

Please note that registration is mandatory for all attendees.  To register please click here:

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january 17, 2016---  8:15-4:15----    Radisson New Port Beach

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:

  • Dr. Mouna Mana, a language pedagogy expert with a focus on Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). She served most recently as a researcher and Arabic specialist for the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. Dr Mana holds a PhD in Education from UCLA with a focus on language learning and literacy. She has taught Arabic at the university level and with high school heritage learners of Arabic. Her areas of expertise include second language acquisition, language teachers' professional development and training, formative assessment, curriculum design and planning, and evaluation of language programs. She has presented at conferences and conventions nationally and regionally and has published on topics such as play and bilingual language development, the Arab American community in the U.S., Arabic teachers' professional development, and language teacher certification.

  • Yohiharu Azama Yoshiharu Azama is originally from Okinawa, Japan and received his B.A. in Music from Showa Academia Musicae in Kanagawa, Japan and M.A. in Education from California State University, Monterey Bay. He has experience in teaching Japanese language and culture at Elementary, Middle, and High School levels over 20 years.He has conducted numerous presentations and seminars regionally and nationally on various topics including; Motivational Curriculum & Syllabus Design, Classroom Management, and Effective use of Technology in World Language Classroom. In 2003, he served as a member of the Instructional Materials Advisory Panel for the California Department of Education.He also has been a recipient of numerous Teaching Excellence Awards. He was named the 2012 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year and received Teacher of America Award by Carlston Family Foundation in 2013.His teaching has been featured in the Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 Video Library by WGBH Boston in 2003. http://www.learner.org/channel/libraries/tfl/index.html.He currently teaches Japanese levels 1-AP and is a mentor teacher at North Salinas High School in Salinas, California.  He also serves as College Board Advisor for the Japanese Development Committee and has co-written the Pre-AP Japanese Workshop Manual and edited Curriculum Module for AP Japanese teachers. He is also a team leader of the Monterey Bay World Language Project.  

  • Workshop 1 Title: Assessing for Learning in the Arabic Classroom

Presented By: Dr. Mouna Mana

Students and teachers both want to know where they are with respect to learning objectives. Usually, the tool to find out, is assessment. This session will take a new approach to discussing assessment, namely, understanding how feedback from assessment can advance language learning. The topic of assessment is closely connected to other topics such as the three modes of communication, planning for learning, feedback. The session will address the relationship between assessing for learning and each of these topics. Participants in the session will engage in an interactive session focusing on: definitions of assessments, types of assessment and when to use them, feedback, and what to do with assessment results. Participants will look at a sample lesson plan and a sample rubric. Activities included will be to determine what kinds of assessments could be used based on the sample lesson plan, how to involve students in the assessment process, what kinds of feedback could be given, and how to share and explain results. 

Workshop 2: Motivating Students in 21st Century World Language Classroom

Presented by:  : Yohiharu Azama

Have you seen changes in students over the years? In the rapidly changing world, how can we help students discover the joy of learning another language and culture? What are the key elements a language teacher should know? In this session, participants will explore essential elements with practical approaches in creating environment that promotes students’ motivation in world language classroom.


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Parking is FREE
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Limited sponsorship for hotel accommodation (double/triple occupancy for one night, for attendees traveling over 100 miles).

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Publishing Your Resources on QFI’s Al-Masdar

Two-Day Hands-on Workshop

Please join us for an opportunity to expand your role as an

Arabic Language Learning collaborator, designer and leader.

Sat. Oct. 24 (9:00AM - 3:30PM)              Sun. Oct. 25 (9:00AM - 2:00PM)

● Share best practices                             ● Search for Al-Masdar resources

● Explore OER tools                                 ● Bookmark found resources

● Brainstorm lesson ideas                        ● Describe your resources

● Set up Al-Masdar account                    ● Publish your resources


Megan Simmons                                                              Mahbuba Hammad

 Education Program Lead                                           Project Director, Arabic Al-Masdar

Institute for the Study of Knowledge                        Center for the Languages, Arts, and

Management in Education (ISKME)                          Societies of the Silk Road (CLASSRoad)

For assistance, please contact the organizers via: http://www.scaltc

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Second Annual State Wide Conference


Southern California Arabic Language Teacher Council (SCALTC) invites you to our Second 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

Workshop1: Language for Language Teachers: The Case of Arabic                    اللغة العربية لمعلميها

Presented by: Dr. Mohammad Eissa

  Abstract: This presentation will raise the awareness of the teachers of Arabic as a foreign or second language (AF/SL) of the distinction between language as a means of communication and a subject matter. Teachers’ knowledge and proficiency in the subject matter is the first item in all standards for professional teachers’ preparation and development. The focus of this workshop will be Reviewing and refreshing acquired knowledge of Arabic language as a subject matter. We will address the basic aspects of Arabic linguistics that are most relevant to the contents we teach.             سوف نحاول في هذه الورشة التعرف على الفروق بين معرفة اللغة لأغراض التواصل ودراستها كمادة للدراسة أو البحث بالنسبة لمدرسي اللغة العربية كلغة ثانية أو أجنبية. تحرص معايير إعداد مدرسي اللغات وتطوير مهاراتهم على أن تكون المعرفة بموضوع اللغة/المادة التي يتأهل المدرس لتدريسها ومهارته في تطبيقها هي أول ما يجب توافره لمزاولة المهنة. وسوف تركز ورشة العمل هذه على مراجعة واستحضار معلوماتنا عن اللغة العربية باعتبارها مادة دراسة وبحث وليس كوسيلة للتواصل. سوف نراجع أهم المفاهيم اللغوية (من نحو وصرف ونظم كتابة الكلمات) المتعلقة مباشرة بما نقوم بتدريسه

Dr. Mohammad S. Eissa

  The President of EISSA & ASSOCIATES, Inc., specialized firm in Consulting and Educational services in the areas of Arabic/Islamic studies. He serves as an Associate member in the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies at University of Chicago. Dr. Eissa has been engaged in teaching and conducting research in the areas of Arabic language, literature, culture and Islamic studies at distinguished academic institutions in Egypt and USA. He has been actively engaged in innovative projects promoting Arabic and Islamic studies with special interests in research and teachers’ training. His focus is on fostering application of modern pedagogical methodologies and utilization of technology in teaching Arabic as a foreign/second language. He is continuing uninterrupted contribution to several other academic activities including promotion of contemporary Islamic thought, translation and editing of Islamic texts, conference panels presentations.  Dr. Eissa has received his basic elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate education at Al-Azhar Institutes and Al-Azhar University in Cairo, ending with Ph. D. degree (1978). Post graduate studies at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) culminated by obtaining C. Phil degree (1984).  He has acquired knowledge of special interest in numerous courses in the areas of second language acquisition; applied linguistics; curriculum & material design; and application of technology in teaching and research. Dr. Eissa is engaged with the Arab academic and professional communities at multiple levels. He dedicate portion of his time to serving in committees and grass-root activities to promote Arabic language & culture education at large.  


Workshop2: Activating Communication: Designing Learning and Integrating Technology

Presented by: Toni Teisen

Abstract: Our 21st century learners need a multi-sensory learning environment designed around authentic learning experiences that encourage collaboration, creativity and critical thinking, all essential 21st century skills.  So how can language learning be designed to be more meaningful and engaging? How can focusing lenses be used to shape the instruction of a thematic unit?  How can appropriate technology be integrated to support student learning? How can learning be differentiated to need the diverse needs of our students? During the workshop participants will first explore and create varied learning activities that can enhance communication in all three modes.

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Toni Theisen

 The 2013 ACTFL President and the 2009 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, teaches French at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado where she is also the district WL Curriculum Representative.  Theisen is a National Board Certified Teacher with a M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching and a M. A. in Education of Diverse Learners. She is also a Google Certified teacher.Very active in the foreign language profession, Theisen has presented many workshops, keynotes and webinars for national, regional, and state conferences and has authored articles on Multiple Intelligences, Differentiated Instruction and Technology for the 21st century learner. Theisen presented “Activating Communication” as part of the first ACTFL Webinar series and also presented at the 2011 LARC STARTALK Institute at San Diego State University. Theisen has participated on many committees including the revision of the World Languages teacher standards for licensure.  She chaired the 2009 revision of the Colorado World Languages Academic Standards. She served on the committee for the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards in 2000 and was the co-chair for the revision committee of the NBPTS Teacher Standards for WLOE in 2009. Most recently she chaired the ACTFL 21st Century Skills Map committee in collaboration with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. Theisen served as President of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Teachers in 1988-89. As an ACTFL Executive Board member from 2001-2005, Toni served as the program chair for the 2004 and 2005 conferences.  She was the Local Chair for the CSC, SWCOLT and CCFLT Joint Conference in 1988 and the Program Chair for the 1991 Central States Conference. Theisen has received many honors including the ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for the Teaching of Culture, The Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SWCOLT Excellence in Teaching Award and the Genevieve Overman Memorial Service Award from the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers.



Registration FREE

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Breakfast & Lunch FREE

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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.).

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A Taste Of Arabic Language And Cultures

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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First Annual State Wide Conference

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. Register Online Here.

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.

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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