Arabic Support for You and Your School


There are numerous opportunities and forms of support for teachers and schools wanting to integrate Arabic into their curriculum. These range from an exchange program which can bring a teacher from Egypt to your school, to workshops for non-native speakers who are learning and teaching Arabic (see details below). The Middle East Studies Center would be pleased to serve as your local partner, providing guidance and cultural programming for your students, and professional development courses for your teachers on integrating intercultural awareness into language teaching and unique pedagogical strategies for teaching about the Middle East.  If you are an Arabic teacher, already teaching in a P-12 school, we highly recommend our P-12 Arabic Teachers Council to stay abreast of upcoming professional development opportunities and resources. Join here:


Funding for Arabic Teachers

Qatar Foundation International Teacher Initiative Grants

Qatar Foundation International awards Teacher Initiative Grants (maximum award: $1,000) to enhance Arabic programs and promote excellence in the classroom. Arabic teachers working in U.S. public or public charter schools may apply for funding to purchase books and materials; host cultural events or workshops; take students on field trips; or attend professional development conferences. 

Please read the Teacher Initiative Grants Guidelines (will download as PDF) to learn how to apply for this grant. Individuals seeking grants must apply through QFI's Grants Management Portal.

Proposals may be submitted anytime between now and April 1, 2014, and will be reviewed on a monthly basis, so apply now!

For any questions about the Teacher Initiative Grants, please contact Kelly Doffing at


Arabic for High School Students

One-Day Camps / Online Arabic Course for High School Students

The National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC)--a federally funded research and development center--is pursuing a project, with funding from Qatar Foundation International, to reach out to high school students across the nation, especially in underserved and rural areas. The high school implementation of Arabic Without Walls, winner of the 2010 Distance Education Course Award, covers the basics of both spoken and written Arabic and enables students to acquire real-world communication skills. This process starts with students attending a one-day camp in their community and continues as they work online with a tutor and a cohort of students who form a tight-knit learning community. Students who have done so have gone on to win NSLI-Youth Scholarships ( to study in the Arab world.

Students may continue studying Arabic in a highly interactive format via BYU's award-winning distance learning course, Arabic without Walls (AWW), which includes regular live interaction with a BYU-based tutor in order to assist camp participants as a community of online learners to move forward in a systematic fashion in acquiring proficiency in using Arabic for real-world purposes.

Financial aid is available for students who cannot afford to pay the full cost of the camp and course.

For student success stories from our camps, see 

Isaac's Story

Sarah's Story

Tim Doner

For more information on how to become a host school, email: - Flyer for distributing the information:

For more details on the course, visit


Maggie N. Nassif, PhD, MBA


Administrative Director
National Middle East 
Language Resource Center
Brigham Young University
212 HRCB, BYU,
Provo, Utah, 84602


Follow-up Program - Project Perseverance

The National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC) has initiated a program which brings together experts, teachers, students and other key stakeholders to coordinate the various aspects of language learning which allow students to persevere. This project is supported by Second Language Acquisition experts and clinical psychologists experienced in working in cross-cultural communication contexts, including: Jennifer Bown, Andrew Cohen, Dan Dewey, Madeline Ehrman, Richard Schmidt, Patrick Steffan and Ema Ushioda.

For more information, including recent findings on neuroplasticity and its role in language learning, see:


Arabic Teacher Training 

The National Middle East Language Resource Center offers online training and classes to help teachers step back, see the big picture, and develop highly effective language programs. These courses and workshops take brain plasticity, self-efficacy, identity, and strategic self-regulation into account for producing the best learning outcomes. Participants learn to build articulated learning sequences appropriate to their students’ needs and maturity in a manner that is true to the best in national and state world language learning standards. Discussions informed by these fundamentals will be a springboard for addressing vital subjects seldom addressed in other professional skill-development workshops.

For more information, please see the description of this year's program (deadline passed)


The American Councils Teacher Exchange Program


Explore these fully funded programs that are supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education!


The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) places EFL teachers from China and Egypt in U.S. K-12 host schools for an academic year where they teach Mandarin or Arabic language and culture. TCLP provides teachers’ salaries, healthcare, roundtrip airfare, training, professional development funds, and ongoing program support.

To increase the number of Americans teaching and learning these critical languages, selected host schools also receive access to grant opportunities to support language learning projects. For more information, please visit or email

Program Application Deadline: January 9, 2012


Intensive Summer Language Institutes (ISLI) provides fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt, and Chinese in Changchun, China. Current K-12 teachers, community college instructors of Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, and students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach these languages can apply. Participants earn ten hours of graduate credit through Bryn Mawr College, and are provided with peer tutors and roundtrip airfare. All travel and study-related costs are fully covered. For more information, please visit or email

Program Application Deadline: March 2, 2012


Zara Hovhannisyan
Senior Program Manager
American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS)
1828 L Street , N.W. Suite 1200
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: 202-572-9121
Fax: 202-833.7523