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:
- June 8–15, 8 days of preparation online
- June 18–21, a 4-day residential workshop, held on the Penn State University Park campus in central Pennsylvania
- 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