STARTALK is a program of the NSLI (National Security Language Initiative) announced by former President Bush in January of 2006. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US.
The Arabic program at Bell High School has been receiving funds from Startalk since 2008.
The Startalk 2012 grant will allow our class to offer students the opportunity to continue their study of the Arabic language and culture at Bell High School for levels 1, 2, 3, and Arabic for Arabic speakers as a Saturday program. Arabic for Heritage speakers is a face-to-face program, but will offer students the opportunity to take portions of it virtually.
Qatar Foundation International
Qatar Foundation International (QFI), LLC, is a not-for-profit organization in Washington, D.C., focused on grant-giving and programmatic activities that promote education as a force that facilitates collaboration across geographical, social and cultural boundaries. QFI is funded by Qatar Foundation, an independent, private, non-profit chartered organization based in Doha, Qatar. QFI's core program areas are Arabic Language & Culture, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and Youth Engagement. These areas feature the cross-cutting themes of technology, bridging cultures, community engagement, collaborative learning and partnership.
The Arabic program at Bell High School started receiving funds from QFI in 2012.
Teacher Initiative Grant
Bell High School received QFI Teacher Initiative Grant to enhance Arabic programs and promote excellence in the classroom. The Grant funds will be used to finance cultural or community events; development of instructional units and materials; the purchase of books, videos, and other materials; or participation of teachers in professional development.
With QFI support, Bell High School will create an online Arabic curriculum for beginner and intermediate Arabic language students. The Arabic curriculum will be used mainly to build two online Arabic courses (modules) using the Moodle Course/Learning Management System, and will be offered as an open education resource available to all classrooms.
Teachers of Critical Languages Program
Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) is a multi-layered cross-cultural program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education. TCLP is designed to increase the number of Americans teaching and studying Arabic and Mandarin. We invite you to explore our site, starting with the video below sharing TCLP teachers' highlights of interactive classroom experiences.
TCLP granted the Arabic program at Bell High School assistance in teaching Arabic by sending a host teacher from Egypt for the academic year 2011-12.
Arab Academy, based in Egypt, provides a comprehensive Arabic language education through interactive activities, taskbased learning, and expert teachers, making it easy to Learn Arabic Online and to immediately apply lessons to real-life situations.
Arab Academy granted students of the Arabic program at Bell High School a special scholarship to their Learn Arabic Online program for the academic year 2011-12.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help US public school students in need by allowing teachers to post classroom project requests online.
The Arabic program at Bell High School requested donations for its Arabic calligraphy workshop under the post
Enriching Arabic Language Class with the Art of Calligraphy in December 2011. Many contributed with generous donations. The Arabic program is thankful to them and DonorsChoose.org.