Curriculum and Assessment Workshop Dates
In-Person Sessions:
  • October 28 – November 1, 2015
  • April 6 – April 10, 2016
Webinar Sessions:
  • December 7, 2015
  • February 8, 2016
  • March 7, 2016

All webinars will be at 7:00 p.m. CST.

Curriculum and Assessment Workshop Description

Concordia Language Villages is continuing its collaboration with the Qatar Foundation International for the 2015 – 2016 school year.  Two on-site workshops will be offered again at the Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota on October 28 – November 1, 2015, and April 6 – 10, 2016.  The focus of this year’s program is on curriculum development and assessment.  Participants will design curricula and assessments for their Arabic language programs based on ACTFL’s World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and the principles of Understanding by Design created by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.  
Beginning with the end in mind, participants will create  a curriculum framework for their Arabic language program,  identifying  outcomes for novice, intermediate, and advanced language learners. Next they will select themes and essential questions to guide the creation of level-appropriate formative and summative performance assessments in the three modes of communication: interpretive, presentational and interpersonal.  Finally, the teachers will develop scoring guides and rubrics to evaluate student performance.  At the second workshop, participants are asked to bring samples of student work to share in order to evaluate the effectiveness of both the unit design and rubrics/scoring guides.  
Linking the two workshops will be a series of three webinars, each one focused on instructional strategies for one of the modes of communication.  

Please note the following details concerning the workshops:

  1. Preference will be given to participants who can attend both the October and April workshops.
  2. Participants should plan to arrive on Wednesday evening for each workshop in order to provide three full days to work on curriculum and assessment documents.  Departure can be scheduled for Sunday morning.
  3. There will be a travel stipend to cover the cost of transportation to Bemidji, Minnesota.
  4. Due to funding limitations, substitute costs are not covered by this year’s program.
  5. Due to program reqirements, a minimum of 8 slots will be reserved for first-time participants. Due to this, enrollment of all interested past participants cannot be guaranteed. We ask that all apply by September 28, 2015. We will notify confirmed registrations and waitlist candidates by October 2, 2015.


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