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Powering Up Your Chinese and Arabic Language Courses With Technology

August 1, 2008

World Languages Instructors learn new technologies.

NOVA’s Arlington Center was the site for the 2008 Powering Up Your Chinese and Arabic Language Courses with Technology workshop. This was one of 80 federally-funded STARTALK programs across the nation this summer to support the teaching and learning of critical languages like Chinese, Arabic, Farsi and Hindi. NOVA’s program, in its second year of funding, was directed by Laura Franklin (AL), French. It provided hands-on professional development in curriculum development and instructional technology for language educators in Chinese and Arabic.

Participants attended four full-day sessions in a hands-on format facilitated by technology and content experts including Takako Shigehisa (AL), Japanese, and former NOVA Chinese/ESL faculty, Ruihua Dong. Abdul Askaryar and Oscar Mendoza of the Arlington Center helped ensure that the technology worked smoothly and provided technical support. Each day, the participants were taught by program instructors and guest experts, both in instructional technology and language methodology. The program culminated in a faculty showcase where each participant demonstrated his/her products to peers. The teachers will now continue to network beyond the workshops through electronic communication (wikispaces, e-mail and Blackboard) and employ what they have learned in their teaching following the program.

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