On April 16, 2016 from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM the Less Commonly Taught Language program held a professional development workshop. A total of 17 instructors from different units and departments in the School of Literatures, Cultures, & Linguistics Department participated in this wonderful professional developement opportunity. Lecturers, instructors, and teaching assistants who teach 8 different languages spent their entire Saturday engaging with each other and learning about the best practices in foreign language instruction. This workshop focused on utilizing a backward design approach in the language classroom.
A presentation was also given by Dr. Muhammad S. Eissa, President of EISSA & ASSOCIATES, Inc. (E&A). E&A is an Educational Consulting firm which specializes in the areas of Arabic and Islamic studies, pedagogy of second and foreign language teaching and learning. Eissa is also an associate member of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and a research affiliate at Colgate University. He serves as a team leader and site visitor in the Startalk program since 2007. Dr. Eissa has taught and conducted research in the areas of Arabic language, literature, culture, and Islamic studies since 1967 at institutions such as the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, UCLA, and the American University in Cairo.
This professional development workshop was co-sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC), Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Center for African Studies (CAS), Center for Language Instruction and Coordination (CLIC) & the Department of Linguistics.
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Dr. Eman Saadah is the Arabic Language Program I Director and Coordinator of the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program and the Director of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois.