Give your students engaging, immersive language practice and cultural exchange.
NaTakallam partners with schools to bring real-life conversations, language learning, and cultural exchange to the classroom. Students work with their Conversation Partners (CPs) – all of them individuals displaced by conflict — improving their speaking skills and learning about their partner’s culture and story. Over 2000 students at 80 schools have used NaTakallam’s programs.
In partnership with Qatar Foundation International, we are proud to offer scholarship funds to make our programs accessible to interested K-12 schools during the 2018-2019 school year.
Virtual Guest Speaker:
Amplify refugees voices in your school. These sessions invite a NaTakallam conversation partner to videoconference into classrooms for conversation, Q&A, and discussion of the impact that displacement has had on their lives. Each session includes a brief curriculum with suggested preparation and reflection activities. This program can be conducted in English or Arabic, as a single 60-minute session, or a three- or 10-part series, any of which can be integrated into an existing school class or an extracurricular club activity.
Heritage Language Program:
Many students of Arab heritage lack opportunities to study Arabic in an academic setting. This 10-week program focuses on developing students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in colloquial and formal Arabic (MSA) and dialect. A curriculum guides students in independent research, reading, and writing assignments, which explore Arabic media, current events, culture, and other topics. Students connect regularly with conversation partners in small groups. This program can be run as a foreign language independent study or an extracurricular activity.
“This was an eye-opening experience to hear from an actual Syrian refugee. For as much as we hear about the current issues and status of the country of Syria, it changed the game for me to hear and see someone who is not that different from you or me.”
– Kylie Engle, Student, Academy of Holy Angels, Minnesota