Resources for Arabic Teachers
Workshops, Pedagogy and Professional Development
- Check the CATC Events Page for a complete list of our Professional Development events.
- The University of Chicago Language Center (CLC) hosts a number of workshops for language educators each year. Find a list of CLC events here.
- The Chicago Language Symposium is an annual conference co-sponsored by DePaul University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the University of Chicago.
Cultural Resources & Activities
- Chicago High Schools Model Arab League: Organized by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) and hosted by the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) since 2020, this conference enables students to simulate Arab League deliberations by representing Arab League member states and devising collaborative solutions to the Middle East’s greatest political issues.
- QFI Arab World Resource Kits: The Arab World Elementary and Middle School Resource Kits introduce teachers and students to the history and geography of the Arab world and the basics of the Arabic language. They also meet Common Core standards — lesson plans are aligned in Mathematics and English Language Arts; teachers can use them as stand-alone activities or integrate them into their existing curriculum.
Language Teaching Materials
FC Lang Media: With an emphasis on less-commonly taught languages, LangMedia has a special mission to provide learners with examples of linguistic and cultural diversity worldwide. LangMedia is a resource created by the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages.
Qatar Foundation International (QFI) Teacher Resources: QFI works with teachers and education experts to create and share classroom-ready lesson plans, activities, and interactive tools for teaching about the Arabic language and the history and culture of the Arab world.
- Madar al-Huruf (Arabic Alphabet)
- Arabic Teacher Methods Course
- Arabic Teacher Training: Elementary School Teachers
Discovering New Resources
Given the variety of resources available online and the speed at which they are created, CATC encourages educators to use these tools to discover Arabic teaching resources suited to their specific needs:
- Al Masdar: An online open-education resource library, Al Masdar features a wealth of materials and resources for educators including lesson plans, units, authentic materials and more.
Grants and Opportunities