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2022 CATC Arabic Pedagogy Conference: Arabic in Social Contexts

2022 CATC Arabic Pedagogy Conference: Arabic in Social Contexts

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Date(s) - 05/21/2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Date and time

Sat, May 21, 2022

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT

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Kent Chemical Laboratory

1020 East 58th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

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The Chicago Arabic Teachers Council invites you to participate in our 2022 Arabic Pedagogy Conference.

About this Event

 

The Chicago Arabic Teachers Council (CATC) invites you to participate in our 2022 Arabic Pedagogy Conference. This year, we take up the theme of ‘Arabic in Social Contexts,’ asking how to involve students in authentic interactions in Arabic through classroom and co-curricular activities. We are pleased to welcome members of the Indiana University Arabic Flagship Program as guest speakers at this year’s conference.

Note: This is an in-person conference. We ask that all attendees abide by the University of Chicago COVID-19 safety guidelines during their visit to campus. Please find these guidelines at goforward.uchicago.edu.

This conference was made possible through support and funding from Qatar Foundation International (QFI). QFI is an educational organization committed to advancing Arabic language teaching and learning. QFI operational headquarters is in Washington, DC. QFI began operations in 2009 and is a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. To learn more about QFI please visit: www.qfi.org.

Conference Program

8:30am – 9:00am: Registration & Breakfast

9:00am – 9:45am: Teaching Arabic in Context: Rationale and Theoretical Background

Presenter: Nader Morkus

Description: In this workshop, Nader Morkus will provide the rationale and theoretical underpinnings to teaching language in context, and explaining why this is particularly critical for teaching Arabic as a foreign / second language. He will highlight best practices in teaching Arabic in context and provide numerous examples to illustrate.

9:45am – 10:00am: Coffee Break

10:00am – 10:45am: Teaching Arabic in Context in the Classroom

Presenter: Issam Albdairat

Description: Issam Albdairat will show how Arabic can be taught contextually in the classroom through a variety of activities that mirror actual language usage by native speakers. He will explain how these activities are designed and implemented in the AFL classroom for different proficiency levels.

10:45 am – 11:00am: Coffee Break

11:00am – 11:45am: Teaching Arabic in Context through Direct Engagement with the Local Community

Presenters: Iman Alramadan and Attia Youseif

Description: Iman Alramadan and Attia Youseif will show how different activities are created and implemented to teach Arabic in context through direct engagement with the local Arab community. Numerous examples will be provided to show how these activities can help students use Arabic in contextually appropriate ways in a variety of social situations and settings.

11:45am – 1:00pm: Lunch Break

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Teaching Arabic in Context through Direct Engagement with the Arab World

Presenters: Iman Alramadan and Attia Youseif

Description: Iman and Attia will provide numerous examples to show how to engage students directly with the Arab World through the use of technology. The presenter will illustrate how a variety of Internet-based synchronous activities can be used to allow students to engage in direct communication and interaction with native speakers from around the Arab World. The presenter will show how these activities are designed and implemented and how they are fully integrated into the curriculum.

1:45pm – 2:00pm: Coffee Break

2:00pm-3:15pm: Indiana University Arabic Flagship Panel

Description: Presentations highlighting the Indiana University Arabic Flagship

1. IU Flagship Overview

Presenter: Nader Morkus

This presentation provides a description of the Arabic Flagship Program, including the structure of the program, funding, requirements, domestic and overseas summer study, and the Capstone Year in Morocco.

2. Tutoring in the IU Flagship

Presenter: Attia Youseif

This presentation provides a description of the Tutoring Component of the program, including the tutoring curriculum, teaching methodology, student assessment, and tutor training.

3. Co-Curricular Activities in the IU Flagship

Presenter: Iman Alramadan

This presentation will focus on the Co-Curricular Activities of the program, explaining how they are structured and implemented to enhance learners’ both linguistic cultural learning, and how to fully integrate such activities into the curriculum.

4. Graduate Teaching Assistants and Conversation Hours

Presenter: Issam Albdairat

This presentation will focus on two important components of the program: a) the Graduate Teaching Assistants (AI’s) and their critical role in the program, and b) the Conversation Hour sessions and how they complement the one-on-one tutoring sessions.

3:15pm – 4:00pm: Coffee Break

4:00pm – 4:30pm: Student Panel

Description: Hear from current Arabic high school, undergraduate, and graduate students about their experiences learning Arabic! Questions are encouraged.

4:30pm – 5:00pm: Evaluations and Closing

Presenters

Nader Morkus is the director of the Arabic Language Program in the Indiana University Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and academic director of the Arabic Flagship Program. He researches intercultural and cross-cultural pragmatics, developing second language learners’ pragmatic competence, and corpus linguistics.

Issam Albdairat is a Lecturer in the Indiana University Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures.

Iman Alramadan is a Senior Lecturer in the Indiana University Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. Iman is a specialist in teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Additionally, she is versed in Arabic grammar and morphology as well as Arabic literature. She has studied the language of Arabic science heritage and Arabic medical terminology.

Attia Youseif is a Senior Lecturer in the Indiana University Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, and director of Tutoring in Arabic Flagship Program, Indiana University. He worked for a large number of universities nationally and internationally. Attia earned his PhD in Linguistics at Alexandria University, a Diploma in Teaching Arabic to non-native speakers, an MA in Arabic Syntax and Morphology, and a BA in Arabic Language and Literature.His research interests include general linguistics, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, dialects, analyzing discourse, phonetics, and theories of language acquisition, as well as the activation of modern pedagogy in teaching. He has more than 15years of experience in teaching Arabic for non-native speakers.

 

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