All summer Language Institute programs will be held virtually, with the exception of the STARTALK Arabic Academy, which has been rescheduled to summer 2021. For questions about cancellations, program changes, or virtual delivery due to the coronavirus pandemic, please contact us at For the latest Penn State updates and information, visit:

STARTALK Arabic Academy for Teachers

Penn State’s STARTALK Arabic Academy for Teachers offers a summer practicum program for current and prospective teachers of Arabic at middle school, high school, and post-secondary levels. Participants will focus on developing their effectiveness in planning and delivering instruction in Arabic in the modes of communication (the interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes); measuring students’ language growth; and planning for subsequent implementation of their STARTALK learning.

During this practicum program, participants will perform supervised teaching in our connected 3-week STARTALK program for high school and college students who are taking Penn State’s Arabic 001 course; our classes for these novice-level students are conducted almost entirely in Arabic.

This practicum program for teachers uses a blended learning model, consisting of three components:

  1. June 8–15, 8 days of preparation online
  2. June 18–21, a 4-day residential workshop, held on the Penn State University Park campus in central Pennsylvania
  3. June 21–July 10, a 3-week practicum experience, also on our University Park campus, in which participants will teach the students taking Arabic 001 at Penn State

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a $3,000 stipend; out-of-town participants will also receive partial reimbursement for travel/lodging expenses. During fall 2020 and spring 2021, we also offer post-practicum support for implementation, including webinars and available phone/video mentoring. Penn State graduate credit will be provided (with tuition paid); for eligible teachers, this practicum program may also contribute towards acquiring certification or maintaining active certification status.


Questions about the program should be directed to:

Dr. Elena Galinova
Academic Director of the Language Institute at Penn State
401 Burrowes Building
Phone: 814-867-1665