Upcoming Conference presentations: Multilingual Approaches in World Language Education: Perspectives from Arabic Learning Contexts

Happy to accept Prof. Emma Trentman’s invitation to be part of the Colloquium in AAAL 2022. This colloquium focuses on multilingual approaches to language learning in the context of U.S. learners of Arabic.  Arabic is a language known for its diglossic nature, extensive variation in regional dialects, and use in multilingual contexts.  While the challenges … Continue reading Upcoming Conference presentations: Multilingual Approaches in World Language Education: Perspectives from Arabic Learning Contexts

Upcoming Conference Presentations: How the COVID 19 Pandemic offers Opportunities for Student Engagement in Language

Happy to accept Ustatha Magda El-Sherbini’s invitation to be part of this panel. The current situation created by the COVID 19 pandemic offers opportunities for universities to develop innovative approaches to language instruction. Libraries can play a vital role in this process by establishing contacts and facilitating communications. Library Area Studies departments are well-positioned to … Continue reading Upcoming Conference Presentations: How the COVID 19 Pandemic offers Opportunities for Student Engagement in Language

Facilitating in the ACTFL Summer Learning Series with a focus on Social Justice

Organized by the amazing ACTFL education team Paul Sandrock (Senior Advisor for Language Learning Initiatives) and Lea Graner Kennedy (ACTFL Education Senior Advisor )the ACTFL Summer Learning Series launched on July  13th and continues till July 22nd. Pamela M. Wesely (Professor, Multilingual Education) and Cassandra Glynn (Associate Professor, Education) authors of the book Words and … Continue reading Facilitating in the ACTFL Summer Learning Series with a focus on Social Justice

Reinventing Language Learning in Schools With Howard Blumenthal

Had the pleasure to be among a wonderful group of Language Educators and students in an interview with Howard Blumenthal in which we discussed ways of reinventing language learning. About the Interview: As we continue our critical look at K-12 curriculum, we now explore language learning, or, more specifically, the learning of languages from other … Continue reading Reinventing Language Learning in Schools With Howard Blumenthal

Re-Using and Incorporating Asynchronous Activities to Create Stand-alone Self-study Resource Reserve

The topic for Instructional Innovation Workshop Grant 2021 is Lessons learned from the pandemic, and the focus of it was on collaboratively reflecting on the pedagogical changes necessitated by the remote environment and how these might affect your pedagogical practices going forward. I had the privilege to be selected to take part in the IIW … Continue reading Re-Using and Incorporating Asynchronous Activities to Create Stand-alone Self-study Resource Reserve

Connecting with Local Communities in Arabic Language Classes

I was happy to accept The Chicago Arabic Teachers Council’s (CATC) invitation to present at their annual conference, which will focus on connecting Arabic language classrooms to the wider world. The presentation showcased opportunities for Arabic instructors to collaborate with local and international communities to enrich their teaching.  The presentation included the following: Brief Background, … Continue reading Connecting with Local Communities in Arabic Language Classes

Zoom with Confidence and Breakout with Assurance

Despite it being used to hold different types of meetings, Zoom was actually designed with the educator in mind (Li et. al. 2021). From the very beginning Zoom meetings were valued differently by different educators. Some educators could not help but notice how these meetings were lacking the paralinguistic cues and nonverbal communication that is … Continue reading Zoom with Confidence and Breakout with Assurance