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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. 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.


Registration is FREE
Parking is FREE
 Lunch Provided

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

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Fourth Annual Cultural Day