Friday, April 8, 2011



For four years now NYU has been offering a successful teacher training workshop in Arabic and Persian under the auspices of the STARTALK program.  This year we have added Dari and Turkish.

Applicants to either program must be fluent speakers of both English and one of the subject languages— Arabic, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Turkish or Urdu. They should have at least a bachelor’s degree. It is expected that participants’ language proficiency is at the superior to native level on the ACTFL scale.
Those currently enrolled in an accredited bachelor’s degree program and planning to be teachers are also invited to apply.

The NYU STARTALK program offers two intensive teacher training workshops—one in Hindu and Urdu, the other in Arabic, Dari, Persian and Turkish. Supported by a STARTALK grant from the National Foreign Language Center, these courses are part of a larger, ongoing U.S. government 
initiative to support increased training and education in “critical languages.”

These are intensive, ten-day residential workshops designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of current and prospective school, community, and college teachers of Arabic, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Turkish or Urdu. Participants learn the most up-to-date, standards-based teaching methodologies and are required to develop, observe, and critique classroom procedures, strategies, and teaching techniques. The programs include a cultural component in which participants learn how to use the resources available in the community environment. Classrooms are equipped with audio-visual equipment and classes are held on New York University's campus in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.

The programs were developed collaboratively by the NYU-SCPS Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting department, the NYU College of Arts and Science’s Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The curricula are based on a New York State-approved course, part of the regular curriculum of the Master’s program in Foreign Language Teaching at the Steinhardt School.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 22, 2011, or for as long as space is available
Please mail application material to:
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
New York University
50 Washington Square South, Room 200
New York, NY 10012


NYU STARTALK Summer Intensive program

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