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Wafa Hassan

Biography:
WAFA HASSAN is a graduate of the George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development with a specialty in Bilingual Education. She has extensive experience in teacher preparation; and curriculum development and assessment. Dr Hassan is a co-author of the National Standards for Learning Arabic K-16. She is a well known teacher trainer for teachers of Arabic and other foreign languages on a regular basis in the US and internationally. These workshops include many subjects focusing on pedagogy, second language acquisition, bilingual education, teaching children with learning difficulties, learning styles, motivation, and curriculum and materials development. She directed and led many STARTALK summer teacher training and students programs. Dr Hassan is the author of a recent book entitled Inclusion of ELL with Special Needs in General Education, and co-author of a new National Arabic Curriculum for high school students. Last year over 30 schools piloted this curriculum, and many US schools have implemented it. She is currently the Outreach Coordinator for the Arabic Language Instruction Program at Michigan State University. Recently Dr Hassan developed performance based assessment for Arabic language and currently being used in the state of Michigan. hassanw@msu.edu

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Two Day Institute - Oct. 28 & 29

Title Teaching Arabic in Action!
Description This institute will provide teachers with professional development with focus on best practices for teachers of Arabic as a foreign language. Teachers will be introduced to theory and practice teaching ideas and techniques that are practical and really work! Teachers will be introduced to a model standards-based curriculum they can take back with them and use in their classrooms.

The training is focused on providing teachers with teaching strategies that will enable them to reach their students despite their various language needs. This interactive two-day institute will allow teachers to share the successes from their own classrooms. Participants should come prepared to share.

Targeted Audience
K-12
Level
All levels welcome.
Outcomes Participants will learn the skills needed to:
  • modify lesson plans from an already developed standards-based Arabic curriculum and thematic units,
  • create meaningful language activities,
  • modify and differentiate language activities, and
  • use the National Standards and integrate and weave them throughout lesson planning and teaching in the target language.
Prerequisites None.
Handouts Handouts will be posted as received. Please check the Handouts page for listing.
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