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					American Association of Teachers of Arabic Newsle tter January 2008
Welcome to the monthly newsletter of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA). The monthly newsletter puts AATA in regular contact with membership and provides news of the profession. It appears on or around the 15th of every month. If you have news of interest to AATA members, please send it to the email address, admin@aataweb.org. For other inquiries, please contact info@aataweb.org. FROM AATA’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear AATA Members, Happy New Year! So far, 2008 for AATA has been unseasonably cold but busy in the best possible ways. With my apologies for tardiness of this issue of the AATA Newsletter, I’d like to extend my wishes to everyone for an upturn in the temperatures and a happy and healthy 2008. The January 2008 AATA Newsletter contains over 20 pages of information about opportunities and resources of all kinds. There are a number of new employment opportunities, of course. This issue also lists a number of opportunities for professional development and opportunities for students, especially for summer study. If you would like to announce your program in the AATA Newsletter, please send a brief announcement to me at admin@aataweb.org. Please include complete contact information and, if possible, a link to the website. We regret that we are unable to include images at this point. If you have a recent publication to announce, please include purchasing information and a link to a publisher’s or distributor’s website. We hope to send AATA membership renewals and ballots for Executive Board election soon. You can renew your membership at any time, of course. The membership application is can be downloaded at (http://aataweb.org/Default.aspx?pageID=11). From that link, you can also reach the online membership option. If you have a question about your membership, please write the AATA Business Office at info@aataweb.org. A mailing for AATA Institutional Membership is also planned. AATA Institutional Membership has a number of benefits for institutions and is an important source of funding for AATA. AATA is working to update the website for 2008. In the meantime, please let me remind you that AATA membership is based on the calendar year, 01 January – 31 December. As always, please feel free to share your copy of the AATA Newsletter with friends and colleagues who may find it of interest. Once again, with best wishes for the spring semester and for the best of new years, Elizabeth M. Bergman, Ph.D. Executive Director

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CALLS FOR PAPERS
 HLT & NLP within the Arabic world: Arabic Language and local languages processing: Status Updates and Prospects: 31 May 2008, Marrakech, Morocco This Workshop intends to add value to the issues addressed during the main conference (Human Language Technologies (HLT) & Natural Language Processing (NLP)) and enhance the work carried out at different places to process Arabic language(s) and more generally Semitic languages and other local and foreign languages spoken in the region. It should bring together people who are actively involved in Arabic Written and Spoken language processing in a mono- or cross/multilingual context, and give them an opportunity to update the community through reports on completed and ongoing work as well as on the availability of LRs, evaluation protocols and campaigns, products and core technologies (in particular open source ones). This should enable the participants to develop a common view on where we stand with respect to this particular set of languages and to foster the discussion of the future of this research area. Particular attention will be paid to activities involving technologies such as Machine Translation, Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval/extraction, Summarization, Speech to text transcriptions, etc., and languages such as Arabic varieties, Amazigh, Amharic, Hebrew, Maltese, and other local languages. Evaluation methodologies and resources for evaluation of HLT are also a main focus. It is clear from the various projects that Arabic has become a major language for HLT. During this workshop we will emphasize the need to focus on specific issues that would help citizens living in Arabic countries to have access to information and technologies in their mother tongues and therefore discuss requirements to customize existing technologies for pairs of languages e.g. English to Arabic, Amazigh, etc. A particular stress will be put on tools, technologies, resources that tackle colloquial Arabic and other local languages such as Amazigh. We expect to identify problems of common interest, and possible mechanisms to move towards solutions, such as sharing of resources, tools, standards, sharing and dissemination of information and expertise, adoption of current best practices, setting up joint projects and technology transfer mechanisms, etc. By bringing together players in the Arabic NLP field, we would like to follow activities discussed at similar workshops (e.g. LREC2002) but also at the NEMLAR conference on Arabic Language (2004, Cairo Egypt), the workshop on Arabic NLP (Fez, April, 2007, http://www.dsic.upv.es/~prosso/workshopAECI_ArabicNLP.pdf) as well as work carried out in projects such as NET-DC, NEMLAR (www.nemlar.org) or the LDC project on the "Less Commonly Taught Languages". The objective is also to introduce activities that will be launched shortly within the MEDAR project (the follow-up of NEMLAR project under FP7 of the European Commission). Among the crucial issues that require particular attention is the construction/update of a broadly supported Roadmap for these languages in relationship with Multilinguality and Evaluation of HLTs. Format of the Workshop: It will be a full-day workshop. The workshop is not intended to be a miniconference, but as a real workshop aiming at concrete results that should clarify the situation of Arabic with respect to Language Resources and Evaluation. Sessions will include introductory speeches, invited talks, a small number of refereed presentations, etc. Depending on the submissions, the organizers envisage to structure the sessions along key technologies and/or on some major challenges of the languages involved. Submission Details: Submissions must be in English. Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format. Abstracts for workshop contributions should not exceed 4 (Four) A4 pages (excluding references). An additional title page should state: the title; author(s); affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address, as well as postal address, telephone and fax numbers. Only online submissions will be considered. All *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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abstracts should be submitted in PDF format through the online submission form on START before 15 February 2008. Any question should be sent to arabic@elda.org. Submitted papers will be judged based on relevance to the workshop aims, as well as the novelty of the idea, technical quality, clarity of presentation, and expected impact on future research within the area of focus. Registration to LREC’08 will be required for participation, so potential participants are invited to refer to the main conference website for all details not covered in the present call. Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 February 2008 Workshop chair: Khalid Choukri (ELRA/ELDA, France) reposted from LinguistList  Immersion Education: Pathways to Bilingualism & Beyond: October 16-18, 2008, St. Paul, Minnesota Featured Speakers: Fred Genesee, McGill University; Philip Hoare, Hong Kong Institute of Education; Kauanoe Kamana and Bill "Pila" Wilson, University of Hawa’ii; Roy Lyster, McGill University; Myriam Met, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland Language immersion education has emerged as a uniquely constituted, highly effective program model for launching students on the road to bilingualism, multilingualism and intercultural competence. School-based immersion programs follow a variety of paths, including one-way foreign language immersion, two-way bilingual immersion, and indigenous immersion for language and culture revitalization. While each pathway targets distinct socio-cultural contexts and educational needs, all are grounded in a set of core characteristics with a strong focus on subject matter learning as well as language development. Under the leadership of two national centers in the US, CARLA (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota) and CAL (Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DD), this third international conference on immersion education brings these pathways together to engage in meaningful dialogue and professional exchange across languages, levels, learner audiences, program models and sociopolitical contexts. CARLA and CAL are currently seeking proposals for papers, discussion sessions, and symposia on aspects of language immersion education related to four overarching conference themes: Immersion Pedagogy Culture and Identity Policy and Advocacy Program Design and Evaluation In addition to basic, applied and evaluation research, conference organizers welcome a range of practitioner perspectives including immersion teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators, parents and specialists who work in immersion programs. Papers, presentations, discussion sessions, and symposia may report on data-based research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or best practices in language immersion classrooms. The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2008. *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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More information and on-line submission instructions can be found at: http://www.carla.umn.edu/conferences/immersion2008/call.html Questions? Email the planning committee at: immconf@umn.edu re-posted from ILR-INFO  JU-Teaching Arabic to Speakers of Other Languages 2008, 06 – 08 May-2008, Amman, Jordan Call Deadline: 30-Jan-2008 Jordan University is organizing its first international conference on the Teaching of Arabic to Speakers of Other Languages. It shall be held from May 6th to 8th, 2008. It is organized by the Faculty of Arts' Department of Arabic in collaboration with the Linguistics Department, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Language Center. This conference will be held in the beautiful city of Amman during the Spring season. The conference covers a broad spectrum of interest within the teaching of Arabic. Therefore, researchers from the various disciplines in Linguistics, Education, and Information Technology are encouraged to participate. January 30, 2008 - Submission of abstract February 7, 2008 - Notification of abstract acceptance April 1, 2008 - Submission of full paper April 15, 2008 - Notification of paper acceptance May 1, 2008 - Submission of camera-ready paper May 6-8, 2008 - Conference Abstract requirements: Abstracts and papers are written in Arabic. Abstracts must not exceed 400 words in length, but papers may be of any length. The abstract must have the topic stated clearly, the methodology explained, and the expected conclusions outlined. Submissions must be sent first in SOFT copies as e-mail attachments to tasol2008@gmail.com and then in print together with a diskette or CD to Dr. Sameer Qatami, Faculty of Arts, University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan. The electronic file format must be either in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF. Please state the name(s) of the author(s) in full along with their individual affiliation(s), postal address, and email address. Hard copies are essential only to verify the formatting of electronic versions. reposted from LinguistList  31st Annual Second Language Research Forum (SLRF): October 17-19, 2008, University of Hawaii at Manoa Call begins: December 2007 (online proposal submissions – open mid-January, 2008) Call deadline: April 15, 2008 Notification of selection: Mid-May 2008 Theme: EXPLORING SLA: PERSPECTIVES, POSITIONS, AND PRACTICES *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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Plenary speakers: - Dr. Harald Clahsen (University of Essex) - Dr. Alan Firth (Newcastle University) - Dr. Eva Lam (Northwestern University) - Dr. Richard Schmidt (University of Hawai'i at Manoa) We welcome all areas of second language research, including, but not limited to: - Instructed SLA - Acquisition of grammar and phonology - Child SLA - L2 Processing - Language and learner characteristics - Language and cognition - Discourse and interaction - Language and socialization - Bilingualism and multilingualism - Language and ideology - Literacy development - Learner corpora - Language learning and technology - Second language measurement 1) PAPERS: Individual papers will be allotted 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for discussion). 2) POSTERS: Posters will be displayed for a full day. Posters are intended for one-on-one discussion or reports of work in progress. 3) COLLOQIUA: The colloquia/panels consist of individual paper presentations that relate to a specific or related topics of interest. They are offered in 2-hour sessions. Please see our website for submission instructions and additional updates: http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/slrf08/ Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2008. For any proposal submission questions, please contact the SLRF 2008 Program Chairs at slrf2008program@gmail.com reposted from Arabic-L

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: TEACHING
Includes teaching opportunities at all levels and institutional types, in alphabetical order by name of institution. For employment opportunities that do not involve teaching, please scroll down.  American University of Sharjah: Department of Arabic Studies The American University of Sharjah (www.aus.edu) has the following open faculty positions in the College of Arts and Sciences for academic year 2008-2009. AUS is a coeducational institution located near Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The language of instruction is English. The university is independently accredited by the U.S Middle States Commission of Higher Education. Successful candidates will have experience with the North American higher educational system. In most cases, a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary studies and evidence of the incorporation of critical thinking into teaching will be looked upon favorably. In all cases, evidence of the potential for continuous research/scholarship is expected. Address e-mail responses to cashr@aus.edu and include a clear statement of the position you are applying for, along with a curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references. Some positions require additional submissions as noted. Department of Arabic Studies 1. The Department of Arabic Studies invites applications for faculty positions in English/Arabic Translation. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Translation Studies or a closely related field, be a native speaker of English, and have the ability to teach translation from Arabic into English. The successful candidate will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. Preference will be given to candidates in the area of corpora studies, machine translation, terminology, and language engineering with a focus on Arabic and to candidates who can contribute to the Arabic Studies program. 2. The Department of Arabic Studies invites applications for faculty positions in Arabic Studies. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Arabic Language/Literature/or related fields and have native or near native fluency in Arabic, while being able to teach in English. The candidate will be expected to teach Modern Standard Arabic at all levels and courses in Arabic heritage. Dr. Fatima Badry Professor Department of English CAS Graduate Programs Director American University of Sharjah POB 26666 Sharjah, UAE www.aus.edu Tel +971 6 515 2701 reposted from Arabic-L  Bard High School Early College II: Faculty Positions – Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, French, Latin Bard High School Early College II, a new school created by Bard College and the New York City Department of Education, invites applications for full-time faculty positions in the Languages and Literature Division beginning fall 2008. BHSEC II seeks teachers and scholars deeply committed to their field and creative in engaging students at both the college and high school levels with its delights and *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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challenges. Candidates with additional expertise in linguistics, classics, or the cultures and histories of Asia, Latin America, North Africa, or the Middle East a plus. The first Bard High School Early College, named the Outstanding Public High School in New York City by the Blackboard Awards 2007, is a national model for the education of adolescents, enabling talented and highly motivated students to move in four years from the ninth grade through the first two years of college, earning an Associate in Arts degree from Bard College, as well as a New York State Regents Diploma. BHSEC II will bring the same model to Queens. Successful applicants will teach a full range of language courses in the college and high school programs as well as advanced electives in their field as needed. In addition, all BHSEC faculty participate actively in the life of the school, advising students, serving on committees, or sponsoring extracurricular activities. Native speakers are encouraged to apply. Ph.D. and college teaching experience strongly preferred; high school teaching experience desirable. To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy or teaching portfolio, and three letters of recommendation to: hiring@bhsec.bard.edu or Dr. Patricia Sharpe Dean of Studies c/o Bard High School Early College II 525 E Houston St New York, NY 10002-1146 Review of applications will begin immediately and the search will continue until the positions are filled. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. reposted from www.chronicle.com  Dartmouth College: Arabic Lecturer The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures invites applications for a full-time Arabic Language Lecturer position to begin 7/1/2008. Initial appointment will be for a term of one year with the possibility of renewal and a multi-year contract. Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in modern standard Arabic. Minimum qualifications are M.A. in some area of linguistics, literature, Middle Eastern Studies, or related field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience teaching at all levels of Arabic language instruction. Send letter of application, vita, evidence of teaching excellence, along with three letters of recommendation, to: Chair of Arabic Lecturer Search Committee 6191 Bartlett Hall Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire 03755-3530 Applications may be sent via email to: Gerard.F.Bohlen@Dartmouth.EDU Search will continue until the position has been filled. *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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Dartmouth College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer, and encourages applications from women and minorities.

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Foreign Service Institute: Language opportunities

The School of Language Studies, Foreign Service Institute, US Department of State, seeks potential candidates (undergraduates, graduates, and working professionals) for full-time, part-time, intermittent, and/or seasonal work on a contractual basis in Arabic Language Instruction, Language training and testing, and Arabic Language curriculum design and development. Contracts could be for full-time, part-time, full-time summer work, two- to three-hour blocks of time, on school holidays, and/or during school breaks (as well as any other working day of the year). All work takes place in Arlington, Virginia. Individuals interested in teaching and testing must be native speakers of Arabic. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. For more information and to obtain the solicitation, please send your name, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address to: slsrecruitment@state.gov, or SLS Recruitment Dean's Office F-4415 Foreign Service Institute School of Language Studies U.S. Department of State Washington DC 20522-4201 703-302-7517 or 703-302-7391 reposted from Arabic-L  Georgetown University: Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic The Department of Arabic & Islamic Studies invites applications for visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic, starting in August 2008 on a three-year, renewable contract. PhD required. Applicants must be experienced in proficiency-based, communicative method teaching Modern Standard Arabic and spoken Arabic at all levels including upper-level content-based courses. Areas of specialization preferred: linguistics, especially applied linguistics and sociolinguistics. Experience in curriculum and materials development, and in proficiency testing a plus. Send letters of application, curriculum vitae and names of three references to: Department of Arabic & Islamic Studies, 201-B Poulton Hall North Box 57104, Georgetown University, 37th and O St, NW, Washington, DC 20057-1046, or via email to Ms. Sarah Monsell at sem73@georgetown.edu). Georgetown University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are especially invited to apply. The department will start to review applications on February 1st, 2008 and will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.  Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy: Teaching Assistants for the 2008 Summer Language Immersion Camp The Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA) Teaching Assistants (TAs) are part of a community creating a language immersion camp experiences for middle and high school students each summer. Located on college campuses at three US locations, MMLA offers students the fun of summer camp and the opportunity to study with skilled faculty and staff, immersing student campers in the Arabic, *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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Mandarin Chinese, French, or Spanish language. The daily events and activities of the camp (meals, sports, drama, games, music, field trips, arts and crafts, etc.) are conducted in the target language. Along with language faculty and residential advisors, TAs adopt the Middlebury Language Pledge®, modified as needed for the student camper age group and language level, so that a full-immersion language environment is created. The primary responsibilities of TAs are assisting language faculty in daily group sessions (i.e., informal classes); leading activities; interacting in the target language with student campers in each part of the day (meals, recreational activities, and cultural events); and motivating student campers to speak, read, and write in their target language. TAs help individual student campers, lead group sessions as requested by the faculty, provide supervision for activities of student campers in their language group, assist with administrative tasks as needed, and generally help to ensure that the program runs smoothly. TAs will have scheduled time off each day and week. Terms of Employment: • Employees pay their travel to and from program locations. • Room and board are provided. Desired Qualifications: • A high degree of spoken and written proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, French, or Spanish • College degree • Age 21 or older • Experience working with or teaching middle and/or high school students • Experience working in a summer camp setting • Flexibility and ability to work as part of a team • Ability to create and organize group events and daily recreational activities • Leadership skills • Ability to work effectively in groups • Mature, responsible, energetic Interested applicants, please apply directly via the Middlebury College website by visiting: http://go.middlebury.edu/jobs For assistance please call Human Resources at (802) 443-5465. Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy: Arabic School Director

The Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA) seeks a Director of its Arabic School to begin at three sites in the summer of 2008; this is a five (5) week summer position. A Director may be hired for each of the three program sites for 2008, or may administer more than one site. The Director oversees all academic functions of the School, and directs the implementation of the School curriculum and its cultural programs. With the assistance of MMLA staff, the Director hires the School's faculty, helps recruit students, administers the School's budget, supervises students' progress during the session and provides advice and support. As part of the contract, the Director attends one meeting during the winter. Advanced degree strongly preferred. Applicants without advanced degrees are encouraged to apply for MMLA Faculty positions. Applicants for this position should have native or near-native fluency in the language; direct teaching experience with middle and/or high school students; curriculum development or *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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language program management experience is preferred as is summer camp experience. Evidence of leadership among peers, ability to relate well to students and the capacity to adapt quickly to changing situations is required. Interested applicants, please apply directly via the Middlebury College website by visiting: http://go.middlebury.edu/jobs Please call Human Resources at (802) 443-5465 for assistance. Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy: Arabic Faculty for Summer Immersion Camp

The Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA) seeks Arabic Faculty for the Summer Immersion Camp from June 25 - July 26, 2008. Working with the Arabic School Director and a carefully planned curriculum, Arabic faculty will be responsible for leadership of the formal academic and informal social and recreational activities of the Arabic school. Classroom teaching is just part of the Arabic School at MMLA. During most of the day we use Arabic in the events and activities of summer camp -- sports, drama, games, music, field trips, arts and crafts, etc. -- and the Arabic faculty provides leadership for all camp activity. Students and faculty adopt a language pledge, modified as needed for the age group and language level, so that a full-immersion Arabic environment is created. For the most part, faculty will be housed in the same dormitories as students, or in nearby campus accommodation. Residential staff- -- not faculty -- are responsible for student life in the dormitories. Applicants for this position should have native or near-native fluency in the language; direct teaching experience with middle and/or high school students; summer camp experience is preferred. Evidence of leadership among peers, ability to relate well to students and the capacity to adapt quickly to changing situations is required. Accommodation for families may be possible; room charges for faculty families may be covered by MMLA; meal plans for spouse and children will be billed to the faculty person. Family members must use the target language. Competitive salary and room and board. Interested applicants, please apply directly via the Middlebury College website by visiting: http://go.middlebury.edu/jobs Please call Human Resources at (802) 443-5465 for assistance. Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy: Resident Assistants for 2008 Summer Language Immersion Camp The Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA) seeks Resident Assistants for the 2008 Summer Language Immersion Camp. Resident Assistants (RAs) are employees of Middlebury College and are an essential part of a community creating four-week summer language immersion camp experiences for middle and high school students (June 28-July 26, 2008). Located on college campuses at three US locations, Middlebury-Monterey *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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Language Academy (MMLA) offers students the fun of summer camp and the opportunity to study with skilled faculty and staff, so that student campers are immersed in the Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, or Spanish language. All daily events and activities of the camp (meals, sports, drama, games, music, field trips, arts and crafts, etc.) are conducted in the target language. Along with other MMLA faculty and staff, RAs adopt the Middlebury Language Pledge®, modified as needed for the camper age group and language level, so that a full-immersion language environment is created. RAs are responsible for the physical and emotional safety of student campers, for student life in the dormitories, and for the support of a fun, dynamic, and engaging activities program. RAs also participate in and lead some activities, along with faculty and other staff. RAs organize and supervise residential life, and serve as counselors and support for students in the dormitory. RAs work to ensure that MMLA guidelines are followed. RA commitments also include attendance at regular team meetings. RAs will have scheduled time off each day and week. Terms of Employment: • Employees pay their travel to and from program locations • Room and board are provided Qualifications: • A high degree of spoken proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, French, or Spanish • Experience as a camp counselor or college RA • Experience supervising middle and/or high school students • Flexibility and ability to work as part of a team • Ability to create and organize group events and daily recreational activities • Ability to enforce rules • Leadership skills • Ability to work effectively in groups • Mature, responsible, energetic • College GPA of 3.2 or better Benefits of working with the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy: • Improve your language skills • Make a real difference for students wanting to master a second language • Work as part of a team with international colleagues • Gain useful, practical experience prior to graduate school Interested applicants, please apply directly via the Middlebury College website by visiting: http://go.middlebury.edu/jobs For assistance please call Human Resources at (802) 443-5465. Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Peace Corps: Education volunteers Peace Corps is currently facing a high demand for skilled teachers with classroom and teacher trainer experience. Peace Corps is calling on educators of all ages to consider teaching in Central and South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, or Asia. Education Volunteers introduce innovative teaching methodologies and encourage critical thinking in the classroom. They may also work in curricula or materials development and train teachers informally or formally in conversational English, academic subjects, or instruction methodologies. *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

Amer ica n Associatio n of T ea chers of Arab ic Newsl etter January 2008 To learn more about teaching opportunities with Peace Corps, call 1.800.424.8580 or visit: http://www.peacecorps.gov/minisite/index.cfm?shell=education&cid=prno  Phillips Academy: Arabic Instructor

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Phillips Academy, an independent, secondary, coeducational, residential school with a diverse community of students and faculty, seeks candidates for the position of Arabic instructor with near-native fluency, knowledge of diverse Arabic cultures, as well as strong communication skills in English. If you are interested in any of the open faculty positions, please MAIL your resume along with a cover letter and two letters of reference to: Mr. Temba T. Maqubela Assistant Head for Academics Dean of Faculty Phillips Academy 180 Main Street Andover, MA 01810-4161 Please do not e-mail or fax resumes. Successful candidates assume teaching, residential, and athletic responsibilities, except as noted. Background check required. EOE. Master's degree and three to five years teaching experience preferred for all positions, except Teaching Fellowships. Deadline, February 1, 2008 reposted from www.chronicle.com  Temple University: Arabic instructor The Department of Critical Languages at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, invites applications for a new full-time, non-tenure-track Arabic instructor position to start on September 2, 2008. Language instruction at all levels. Required qualifications: M.A. or higher degree in Arabic or appropriate related field; evidence of excellence in teaching Modern Standard Arabic at the college level. Possibility of teaching (in English) a literature/culture course, in addition to language. Please send letter of application, CV, official transcripts, student evaluations of teaching, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Barbara Thornbury, Arabic Language Search, Department of Critical Languages, Anderson Hall 022-38, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122. Review of applications will begin in late February, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Temple University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. reposted from Arabic-L

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Founded in 1976, United Arab Emirates University is the largest and most comprehensive university in the UAE. Funded by the federal government and located in the garden city of Al Ain, it serves some 13,500 students through more than 70 programs offered by ten colleges. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers 15 undergraduate and 2 graduate programs. Among positions advertised for the 2008 – 2009 academic year is: Translation Studies (1 in Arabic/English) Applicants require a Ph.D. in the discipline, capacity to teach at native or near native English level, evidence of scholarly performance (such as refereed publications) and/or substantial promise for junior ranks (e.g., samples of work), and a firm commitment to a student-centered approach to teaching. Please submit the names of three references together with their email addresses and phone numbers. All applications must be submitted electronically through the website for the purpose: www.uaejobs.com. More details about the positions are posted there. Queries may be addressed to: Dr. Donald N. Baker Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences United Arab Emirates University Email: Donald.baker@uaeu.ac.ae P.O. Box 17771, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates Phone: 971-3-7828341 Fax: 971-3-7806412 reposted from www.chronicle.com  University of Oxford: Career Development Fellowship in Modern Arabic Salary in the University Grade 7, £26,666 - £32,796 per annum (fixed term) A fixed-term research and teaching appointment in Modern Arabic is available from 1 October 2008 for two years. This initiative is designed to provide an intensive and supported career development opportunity for an outstanding academic at an early stage in their career, and to promote equality of opportunity by helping to create a more diverse pool of potential candidates for future academic posts at Oxford or elsewhere. The University especially welcomes applications from women and ethnic minorities, who are underrepresented among its academic staff (section 38 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and section 48 of the Race Relations Act 1976 apply). The fellowship is tenable in the Faculty of Oriental Studies. The post is tenable in the area of Modern Arabic Studies (post-1800), and the successful candidate will have a proven track record of using Modern Arabic language materials as the basis of his/her research. The post will be offered in association with Pembroke College. Career Development Fellows are offered the opportunity to develop their expertise in both research and teaching. They will also have an academic mentor as well as a personalised career and professional development package, including the opportunity to undertake the University's postgraduate diploma in learning and teaching. The Oriental Studies faculty website can be found at http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk.

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Further particulars, including details of how to apply, should be obtained from http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/fp/. Applications and references must reach the Faculty Board Secretary, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, (fax: +44 1865 278190; tel. +44 1865 278200; e-mail orient@orinst.ox.ac.uk) no later than Friday 8 February 2008. The University of Oxford is an equal opportunities employer. reposted from www.chronicle.com  University of Texas, Austin: Arabic Lecturer Position (application deadline extended) THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN invites applications for a full-time, academic year-long appointment as a lecturer in Arabic, to begin September 1, 2008 with possibility of annual renewal. This position is funded by a Flagship grant to UT and is subject to grant renewal. To be considered, candidates should have completed a Master's degree or higher in Arabic Language, Literature, or Culture. The successful candidate will have demonstrated teaching excellence at the university level and be expected to teach three courses per semester during the academic year 2008-2009 as well as participate in the coordination of curricular and extracurricular aspects of the program. Experience in coordinating multiple sections of Arabic classes is desired. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three reference letters, and evidence of teaching excellence to: Chelsea Sypher, Program Coordinator, UT Arabic Flagship Language Program, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (WMB 6.102); 1 University Station # F9400, Austin, TX 78712-0527. Phone: Tel: (512) 471- 3283; Fax: (512) 471-7834. The Department of Middle Eastern Studies is committed to achieving diversity in its faculty, students, and curriculum, and welcomes applicants who would help it achieve this goal. All application materials must be received by March 15, 2008. http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/mes/arabic/ For inquiries please contact Ms. Sypher at utflagship@austin.utexas.edu Background check conducted on applicant selected. The University of Texas at Austin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: OTHER
 AllWorld Language Consultants: Arabic linguists AllWorld Language Consultants is recruiting for native Arabic linguists for government contract positions. The ideal candidate should: (1) have spent at least the first 18 years of life in their native country and (2) MUST be a US citizen. For the Arabic Linguist position, at least ONE YEAR of TRANSLATION experience IS REQUIRED. Recruiter Chanelle Green ALC INC 172 Rollins Avenue Rockville,MD 20852 *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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Graham Staffing Services, Inc., is currently assisting one of its clients in staffing eight (8) Arabic speaking Linguist Recruiter positions. The Linguist Recruiters would be working with a government contractor that provides foreign language interpretation and translation services in support of the U.S. forces in Iraq. If you have any questions or require further information please contact: Audrey Hainer, Branch Manager 2104 A Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22182 Phone: 703.891.0240 Fax: 703.848.0060 ahainer@grahaminc.com ; www.grahaminc.com Purpose of the Classification: Recruit qualified Arabic linguists, translators and interpreters as a member of a multi-functional team that manages the full life-cycle recruiting process for a government contractor that provides foreign language interpretation and translation services in support of the U.S. forces in Iraq. Reports to: Manager, Regional Recruiting Center Principal Responsibilities: Performs full life-cycle recruiting for qualified Arabic linguists, translators and interpreters Develops and maintains a network of contacts to identify and source qualified candidates (Sources provided Monster and Careerbuilder) Works with local community organizations to facilitate growth of the candidate pool Initiates contact with candidates for current job openings, to include sourcing candidates, job fair participation and other marketing efforts Utilizes Internet and web-based recruiting sources and systems to identify, manage information and recruit candidates Reviews, screens and recommends qualified candidates for open positions Reviews résumés and interviews applicants to obtain and validate work history, education, training, job skills and salary requirements Assists candidates in completing their application and other documents Provides information to potential candidates about the organization and the specific position Reviews background information to validate qualifications and/or identify disqualifications of candidates Coordinates with corporate HR, operations and logistical personnel to facilitate hiring and post-hiring actions Enters, maintains and manages database information Performs other duties as required Required Special Knowledge/Skills: Demonstrated ability to source and conduct all recruiting actions to hire qualified candidates with clearances. Strong interpersonal, telephonic, and e-communication skills Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Applications (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook); Taleo & Sonic applicant tracking systems used Ability to organize and prioritize multiple work assignments, work with little supervision and work well under pressure Problem solving skills and sound judgment Ability/willingness to travel within DC Metro Area & potentially out of state for job fairs. *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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 National Foreign Language Center: Narrators and lesson content reviewers for Algerian and Moroccan Arabic The National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland seeks native Algerian Arabic speakers and native Moroccan Arabic speakers as narrators and lesson content reviewers for a multimedia project on Arabic Variants Identification. Narrators must be able to record at our College Park office, which is located one block from the College Park metro station on the Green line. For more information, please contact Margo Rice at 301-405-9827 or mrice@nflc.org.  SVOX AG: Computational linguist for Arabic SVOX AG is a dynamic technology company specialized in text-to-speech. We are seeking to temporarily (12 months) add to our language development team a computational linguist for Arabic. You will create new language components for use with our state-of-the-art text-to-speech engine. We invite applications from language specialists who natively speak Egyptian Arabic. SVOX provides a varied position in an international, fast-paced, results-oriented environment. Tasks: - Development of language-specific components needed to analyse texts (grammars, rule sets, lexicon evaluation and script-based adaptation) - Quality assessment and improvement of phonetic transcriptions - Definition of accentuation and phrasing rules - Definition of grapheme-to-phoneme rules - Preparation of text material for recordings - Supervising the recordings - Annotating the recordings and creating a speech database - Testing and quality assessment of the integrated system Qualifications and Required Skills - Native speaker of Egyptian Arabic - Masters degree in linguistics, computer science, or related field - 1+ years experience in text-to-speech technology is a strong plus - Interest in speech synthesis, prosody, and morpho-syntactic analysis of text - Programming and scripting skills are desirable Personal Requirements: - Working knowledge of English - Excellent organization and communication skills - Has a positive attitude and enjoys working in a team - High quality standards - Willingness to relocate to Zurich, Switzerland, for 12 months Start Date: At earliest availability. Contact: Please send your application to Ms. Barbara Steiner. Contact Information: Barbara Steiner Email: steiner@svox.com

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GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS
 Language Flagship: 2008 grant competition "Promoting the Diffusion of Innovation" The Language Flagship announces its 2008 grant competition, "Promoting the Diffusion of Innovation". Applications are due by March 14, 2008. http://www.thelanguageflagship.org/funding.html

OTHER RESOURCES
 Arab Film Distribution announces new DVD releases New titles are planned for release in 2008 - starting with the North American DVD debut of two sumptuous and lyrical feature films by Tunisian director Nacer Khemir. Never before available to Western audiences, Wanderers of the Desert (1984) and The Dove’s Lost Necklace (1991) are parts one and two, respectively, of Khemir's Desert Trilogy. The director's latest feature, Bab’aziz: The Prince who Contemplated His Soul, which opens in New York on February 8 is the final installment in the trilogy and will be available on DVD later this year. Wanderers and Necklace will be available for purchase or rental on February 19, but you can pre-order your copies now. The films of Hamid Rahmanian and Melissa Hibbard (Shahrbanoo, Breaking Bread, and Sir Alfred of Charles de Gaulle Airport) make their debut on DVD this month; Shahrbanoo and Sir Alfred are a DVD double-feature, while the Breaking Bread DVD includes two short films which haven't been available before. For further information, see http://www.arabfilm.com/ or contact Alex O. Williams, AFD / Typecast Institutional Sales: phone: (206) 322-0882 ext. 202; email: alex@typecastfilms.com.  Beyond Borders: Book donations to Iraq A Harvard University student is coordinating a non-profit volunteer effort to connect community needs perceived by American soldiers in Iraq with civilians who are willing and able to contribute to those needs. The way it works is simple: service members in Iraq request items via website, www.beyondorders.org, and donors try to match them; donors can also initiate offers. Over the past year there has been a significant demand for schoolbooks and other school materials for Arabic children, as well as basic Arabic language guides for troops. Any contribution of said resources would be of great use to these communities, who often lack very basic learning materials. If you are able or know of others who are able to assist, please visit the website or contact nanlin@fas.harvard.edu.  Database of Arabic Names (DAN) Specializing in the compilation of CJK and Arabic lexical resources, the CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc. has announced a major expansion of its Database of Arabic Names (DAN). DAN is expected to reach over a million entries by March 2008. DAN covers Arabic personal names in both Roman and Arabic scripts, and includes numerous orthographic variants and other attributes such as web frequency, name type codes and normalized forms. The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc. *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

Amer ica n Associatio n of T ea chers of Arab ic Newsl etter January 2008 e-mail: info@cjk.org web: http://www.cjk.org  ELRA: New Arabic speech resources ELRA is happy to announce that 11 new Speech Resources are now available in its catalogue.

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ELRA-S0258 Orientel United Arab Emirates MCA (Modern Colloquial Arabic) This speech database contains the recordings of 750 Arabic speakers recorded over the United Arab Emirates' fixed and mobile telephone network. Each speaker uttered around 49 read and spontaneous items. For more information, see: http://catalog.elra.info/product_info.php?products_id=1042 ELRA-S0259 Orientel United Arab Emirates MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) This speech database contains the recordings of 500 Arabic speakers recorded over the United Arab Emirates' fixed and mobile telephone network. Each speaker uttered around 49 read and spontaneous items. For more information, see: http://catalog.elra.info/product_info.php?products_id=1043 ELRA-S0260 Orientel English as spoken in the United Arab Emirates. This speech database contains the recordings of 500 speakers of English recorded over the United Arab Emirates' fixed and mobile telephone network. Each speaker uttered around 47 read and spontaneous items. For more information, see: http://catalog.elra.info/product_info.php?products_id=1044 For more information on the catalogue, please contact Valérie Mapelli: mapelli@elda.org Visit our on-line catalogue: http://catalog.elra.info reposted from Arabic-L  National Capital Language Resource Center: List of Arabic K-12 textbooks The National Capital Language Resource Center plans to post a list of textbooks for teaching Arabic K-12 recommended by teachers on its website www.arabick12.org and we need your help. We have compiled a beginning list of Arabic language textbooks and teaching materials that teachers have recommended to us. We would greatly appreciate your comments about these materials and we welcome suggestions for other books or teaching materials that you have been using successfully (or even not so successfully!). Please note that we are seeking materials that can be used in any classroom. Internationally published books are welcome, as long as you consider them useful to be used in a US classroom. If you know of a US or Canadian-based distributor for the book or materials, please tell us. When you send us the information, please provide us with as full bibliographic information as possible, as well as a brief description regarding age levels, proficiency levels, and what you consider is really useful about the textbook. We are seeking information that might help another teacher decide whether the book may be useful for his or her class. We plan to post this list on the Web site on January 17, 2008.

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National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC): Update and re-design of Arabic K – 12 Teachers’ Network website

NCLRC announces the redesign and major update of the Arabic K12 Teachers' Network website, http://arabick12.org/. This site is aimed at linking teachers of Arabic with information and resources for professional development and creation of standards-based instruction.

STUDY AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Includes opportunities for teachers and students, as well as grant programs.  American Institute for Maghrib Studies: Tangier Summer Advanced Arabic Language Program, June 14 through August 8, 2008 The American Institute for Maghrib Studies is offering a special language and cultural studies program for advanced students (third and fourth year) based in Tangier, Morocco. Coordinated by experienced bilingual American faculty and taught by specially trained Moroccan professors, this intensive program comprises eight weeks of language study, with a break for independent activities. Students will be placed in one of two tracks of Modern Standard Arabic: third year curriculum based on the second half of Al-Kitaab book II and fourth year based on Al-Kitaab book III. Placement depends on transcripts, a telephone interview and performance on a placement test. Completion of at least two years of Modern Standard Arabic is required prior to application. Basic training in the fundamentals of the Moroccan Colloquial Arabic dialect will also be offered. Students are welcome from all disciplines. The program's primary aim is to develop sound conversational and reading skills in Modern Standard Arabic. At the same time, all students will be in a position to better experience the full range of Moroccan cultural life as the program is housed in the heart of Tangier, Morocco at the American School of Tangier (AST). Area interest in Morocco or North Africa is not required. Students live together in the AST dormitory. The facilities at AST include large, well-lit rooms, a soccer field, swimming pool, and excellent food by one of the best cooks in Tangier. There are also special lectures and programs in Arabic and in English dealing with various aspects of North African history, culture, and society. Students have also attended concerts, receptions, parties, weddings, and Sufi ceremonies. Mini-classes focusing on various aspects of the culture and society are taught in Arabic. Eight college credits can be earned in Modern Standard Arabic by successful completion of the program. This equates to 120 instruction hours. Credit is through the University of Arizona and credit registration is voluntary. Students planning to do research will find the American Legation Museum in Tangier a priceless resource. An extensive library is available to AIMS student members, and the American director and the Moroccan staff are helpful and supportive. AIMS membership is provided for one year for selected participants. There will be no time to conduct research during the program, however students are encouraged to utilize research opportunities before or after the program or in future visits. For applications and further information: American Institute for Maghrib Studies Center for Middle Eastern Studies 845 North Park Ave Marshall Bldg, Room 477 PO Box 210158-B *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

Amer ica n Associatio n of T ea chers of Arab ic Newsl etter January 2008 Tucson, AZ 85721-0158 (520) 626-6498 aimscmes@email.arizona.edu aimsnorthafrica.org Program cost is $2,400 for tuition and fees; $1,400 for room and board. Total $3,800 plus airfare, textbooks and incidentals.

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Full and Partial Fellowships are available. Fellows must be U.S. nationals. All eligible applicants are automatically considered and selection is based on merit, not need. Other fellowships, including FLAS, can be applied to this program. Faculty and non-students may apply, however grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students only. Applications must be postmarked by February 15th. For those serious about learning Arabic full grants available. resposted from Arabic-L  Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) pilot testing the Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is once again pilot testing its Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) assessment for Arabic and Spanish language learners and needs students to take the test and offer feedback. CAL is looking for learners in the Washington, DC area who are able to spend about one hour taking the test at the Center for Applied Linguistics near the Tenleytown Metro, then spend another hour completing a survey. • Qualifications to participate Student of Arabic or Spanish Nonnative speaker of Arabic or Spanish Able to read and listen to questions through a computer At least 18 years old Basic computer skills Where: Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th St, NW, Washington, DC 20016 Dates: January 2008 For an appointment, please call or e-mail: Larry at 202.355.1506 or lthomas@cal.org.  Hedayet Institute for Arabic Studies (HIAS): Spring/Summer programs of 2008 Hedayet Institute for Arabic Studies (HIAS) is pleased to announce its total immersion Spring/Summer programs of 2008. HIAS program is an intensive total immersion Arabic language and cultural program where both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Egyptian Arabic are combined. Elective courses are offered in Arabic literature, oriental music ('ud, nayy etc.), Arab/Islamic history, Arabic calligraphy, women in Islam, History of the Copts in Egypt, tajweed al Qur'an, Media Arabic, Business Arabic and others. The institute provides the syllabi, assessment criteria, and the professors' CVs for its content-based area courses. *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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Cultural Activities: Throughout all intensive study periods (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer- check the exact dates on the web site) there are weekly cultural activities and events, including tours, seminars and films. There is also a three week intensive short program conducted for the UN headquarter personnel in New York that takes place twice a year in December and in July. Pls. check for the exact dates at: info@hedayetinstitute.com. Credits Transfer: Several American and few British universities accept to transfer the credits and study hours of their students coming to study at HIAS. Some of them have special arrangements with HIAS for their students' study abroad program with us. We may provide you with the list if you send for it to info@hedayetinstitute.com. Venue: HIAS is located 5 minutes walk away from Hadayeq El Maadi metro station and 20 minutes far from the center of Cairo by metro. The institute has a fascinating Arab ambiance. Dates: The deadline for application to the Spring semester, starting Mar.22nd, is Jan. 10, 2008 and for the summer program is April 3, 2008. Tuition fees: Groups of three students or more will pay as low as $10 per each contact class hour. Thus, the 13 week program of a total 260 hours will cost $2600 per student (in a group of three or more). Individual student's per hour costs will be $14.50. Therefore, it will cost $3770 for an individual student. Only the summer intensive seven week course (140 hours) will be for $2100 per student whether alone or coming in a group. Coordinated programs with universities and institutes have 10% discount of all of the above rates. How to Apply: • Fill an application on line on: www.hedayetinstitute.com • Pay a deposit fee to reserve your place before the deadline (Pls. ask about details at: info@hedayetinstitute.com ) • Indicate if you need assistance in finding a suitable accommodation-apartment or 3 star hotel room-during the period of your study; sharing a furnished apartment will cut down your housing expenses as low as $250 per month. For more information please have a look at our web site at: www.hedayetinstitute.com or write to: info@hedayetinstitute.com Or call: (202)25272190/ (2012)2261308; Vonage No.: (646)2168-308.  Monterey Institute of International Studies and the National Foreign Language Center of the University of Maryland: Train the Trainers program for Interpreting The Monterey Institute of International Studies and the National Foreign Language Center of the University of Maryland are collaborating in a four-day Train the Trainers program for Interpreting (language neutral) to be held in the Washington Area May 17-20. Both Government and non-Government individuals may attend. The tentative location is the Shady Grove center of the University of Maryland system. Deadline for applications: April 26. Faculty: Jacolyn Harmer, Diane de Terra, David Sawyer, Chuanyun Bao. For further information, see http://translate.miis.edu/ndp/programs.html (scroll down to Train the Trainers).

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 National Capital Language Resource Center: its 2008 summer institutes, Washington, DC The National Capital Language Resource Center announces its 2008 summer institutes in Washington, DC for teachers of Arabic: Arabic K-12 Hands-On Workshop 6/23 – 6/27/08 Presenters: Iman Hashem (Occidental College) and Muhammed Eissa (University of Chicago) How to teach Arabic at beginning and intermediate levels to US K-12 students using Arabic as the classroom language. Writing and Implementing an Arabic Curriculum K-12 6/28 – 7/3/08 Presenters: Iman Hashem (Occidental College), Muhammed Eissa (University of Chicago), and Christine Brown (Glastonbury Public Schools) Principles of curriculum development are reviewed; participants develop and refine their curricula. For more information go to http://nclrc.org/profdev/nclrc_inst_pres/summer_inst.html  San Diego State Summer Institutes The following courses are offered through LARC (the Language Acquisition Resource Center) program, the Critical Language Immersion Program: All courses are FLAS eligible (over 150 h. of contact hours) First Year Intensive Arabic & Persian: June 9 - August 1, 2008 (8 units each) First Year Intensive Russian: June 9-August 1, 2008 (10 units) Second Year Intensive Arabic & Persian: June 9-August 1, 2008(8 units each) In the U.S., the following courses are only offered at LARC/SDSU: Professional Level Arabic & Persian: July 7-Aug. 15 (6 units each) Credit available for all the courses listed above. Cost: $1500/course Teams of highly qualified teachers are employed at each level to offer a variety of teaching styles and pedagogical strategies. The teams use task-based instruction and simulations at the lower levels. At all levels, the master teacher/apprentice teacher model is used to promote ongoing and continuous progress toward reaching the course goal. Students registering for the Professional level courses are often themselves teachers or native speakers of the language who want to refresh their skills. Applicants will need to take an OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) by telephone before being accepted into the program. They will also be required to submit a personal statement written in the target language (300 words). Please contact Dr. Atefeh Oliai (Persian), Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure (Arabic), or Dr. Veronica Shapovalov (Russian) for further information about the programs and application processes, or see http://larcnet.sdsu.edu/workshops.php for more detailed information. LARC's telephone number is 619594-7887. Dr. Atefeh Oliai (aoliai@projects.sdsu.edu) Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure (hthomure@projects.sdsu.edu) *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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Dr. Veronica Shapovalov (veronica.shapovalov@sdsu.edu) reposted from Arabic L  University of Arizona, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) Ph. D. program: Arabic speaking students The Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) Ph. D. program at the University of Arizona is interested in receiving applications from Arabic speaking students interested in pursuing research and teaching careers in the field of Arabic as a Second Language. The SLAT program is working with the department of Near Eastern Studies in order to provide possible support for qualified applicants who could teach Arabic. There have been speakers of Arabic who have taught Arabic at the university while pursuing their Ph.D. in SLAT in the past, and the SLAT program is very interested in attracting more Arabic speakers in the future. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The SLAT doctoral program is an interdisciplinary program with 73 faculty members located in 16 collaborating departments. The program is designed to provide rigorous advanced training for researchers, teachers, and administrators concerned with second language learning, and teaching. The SLAT Program has been recognized as a high-quality interdisciplinary program. Several of our participating departments have been ranked in the top ten in the country, including Anthropology, East Asian Studies, Linguistics, and Speech and Hearing Sciences. SPECIALIZATIONS: Students select from among the following four specializations: 1. L2 Analysis: grammar, contrastive linguistics, interlanguage studies, syntax, phonology, morphology, syntax. 2. L2 Use: discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, language planning & policy, rhetoric, pragmatics, variation, sociocultural factors 3. L2 Processes and Learning: psycholinguistics, second language acquisition theory and research, foreign language learning and research, interlanguage. 4. L2 Pedagogical Theory and Program Administration: ESL/FL methods curriculum development, testing and evaluation, reading, writing and educational technology. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Most students entering the program hold a master's degree or its equivalent. Candidates are required to complete 33 units of core courses (including courses in second language acquisition theory and teaching practice, linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, research methods and statistics) and then choose an 18-unit specialization from among the four specializations listed above. In addition, candidates select a minor (12 or more units) from among the above four specializations or they may choose an external minor in a field such as Near Eastern Studies, French Linguistics, Language Reading and Culture or Rhetoric and Composition. They must also complete a dissertation for a minimum of an additional 18 units. Post-baccalaureate coursework completed prior to admission may be substituted for a portion of these requirements. APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application packets are available from the SLAT Program office, and from our web site: http:// www.coh.arizona.edu/SLAT/. Applicants are asked to submit: A completed SLAT Application form- A statement of purpose- GRE scores- An example of scholarly writing- 3 letters of reference- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. International students also must submit TOEFL scores and a financial guarantee form. Forms and complete information on these procedures may be obtained directly from the SLAT Program Office, or on-line. International students should apply to the University before the end of December. The deadline for receipt of all other application materials is February 1. FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Financial aid includes: Graduate College Fellowships, Research Assistantships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GATships) in one of the language departments. In addition, a limited *** 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 telephone: 205.822.6800; fax: 205.823.2760 For membership, subscription, and administrative questions: info@aataweb.org For newsletter submissions and other questions: admin@aataweb.org

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number of tuition and registration scholarships are available. Decisions on the awarding of GATships are generally made by the cooperating departments in negotiation with the Director of the SLAT Program. Other support decisions are made by the SLAT Admissions Committee. Awards are usually made in March and early April for the forthcoming academic year. Application to the SLAT program automatically includes consideration for GATships and other awards if the applicant says that he/she would like to have financial assistance. For Further Information Contact: Dr. Linda Waugh, Head, SLAT Program: lwaugh@u.arizona.edu  University of Wisconsin-Madison: 2008 Arabic and Persian Immersion Program (APIP) Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2008 Arabic and Persian Immersion Program (APIP). Applicants must be high school graduates, preferably with some college experience. UW-Madison Arabic & Persian Summer Immersion Program’s (APIP) aim is to create an intensive language learning environment in which participants are encouraged to challenge themselves and stretch the limits of their language learning potential. Students in this program sign a language contract agreeing to communicate in only Arabic or Persian during the entire length of the eight-week course. It is realized that this is no simple task--it is an endeavor that can be emotionally and academically taxing--but it is the cornerstone of the program because it has proven to be very successful and rewarding. This endeavor is supported by a team of dedicated and accomplished faculty focused on helping students achieve the lofty goals set by the program. Please visit: http://global.wisc.edu/apip/ for more information and program applications.

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