Give your students engaging, immersive language practice and cultural exchange.

NaTakallam partners with universities to bring real-life conversations, language learning, and cultural exchange to the classroom. Over 2000 students at 80 schools have used NaTakallam’s programs.

All of NaTakallam’s services for academic institutions are centered around providing affordable and enriching opportunities that complement existing coursework. For all programs, NaTakallam conversation partners work with professors to align sessions in support of ongoing coursework objectives and track students’ participation throughout the semester, allowing professors to account for these sessions as part of students’ grades.

Our Academic Programs

Yalla NaTakallam!

CONVERSATION PRACTICE IN ARABIC OR PERSIAN:

Integrate one-on-one online sessions into existing your language course. Each student is paired with a conversation partner to practice with outside the classroom. Conversation partners work with professors to craft sessions that support their curriculum.

Building Bridges

Cultural Exchange in English:

Go beyond the headlines and the statistics to discover the lives and perspectives of displaced people. Building Bridges integrates a series of one-on-one online dialogue sessions into courses related to human rights, refugee studies, or other relevant subjects.

Marhaba University

VIRTUAL GUEST SPEAKER:

Amplify refugee voices in your university. These one-time sessions invite a NaTakallam conversation partner to video-conference into classrooms for conversation, Q&A, and discussion of the impact that displacement has had on their lives. These sessions can be conducted in any language.

“Interacting with language partners through Natakallam has made Arabic come alive for our students. They’ve been able to apply their classroom linguistic and cultural information in the real world, and have come away not only with new knowledge, but also with a renewed passion for Arabic. Our students had a wide range of interactions, such as exchanging recipes, discussing instances of cultural miscommunication, and more. This collaboration is a really wonderful way to both improve your Arabic and expand your worldview."

- Rana Abdul-Aziz Language Coordinator & Lecturer Arabic Program, Tufts University

2018-01-18T09:26:56+01:00

- Rana Abdul-Aziz Language Coordinator & Lecturer Arabic Program, Tufts University

“Interacting with language partners through Natakallam has made Arabic come alive for our students. They’ve been able to apply their classroom linguistic and cultural information in the real world, and have come away not only with new knowledge, but also with a renewed passion for Arabic. Our students had a wide range of interactions, such as exchanging recipes, discussing instances of cultural miscommunication, and more. This collaboration is a really wonderful way to both improve your Arabic and expand your worldview."
"NaTakallam has allowed me to add a depth to my courses in ways impossible otherwise. When students are learning about global crises, it can be difficult to humanize the issues in ways that are both ethical and productive. My students' conversations with displaced individuals have shown them just how diverse, individualized and complex experiences of displacement can be. The fact that this educational program is also a much needed employment opportunity for the CPs complicates, in important and necessary ways, how our students think about others' labor in participating in their education."

 

- Dr. Diya Abdo, Associate Professor of English, Founder and Director of Every Campus A Refuge, Guilford College

2018-01-18T09:32:11+01:00

- Dr. Diya Abdo, Associate Professor of English, Founder and Director of Every Campus A Refuge, Guilford College

"NaTakallam has allowed me to add a depth to my courses in ways impossible otherwise. When students are learning about global crises, it can be difficult to humanize the issues in ways that are both ethical and productive. My students' conversations with displaced individuals have shown them just how diverse, individualized and complex experiences of displacement can be. The fact that this educational program is also a much needed employment opportunity for the CPs complicates, in important and necessary ways, how our students think about others' labor in participating in their education."  
"NaTakallam added an invaluable linguistic and cultural dimension to my fall 2017 advanced Arabic content course: Gender and Sexuality in Syrian Television Drama. My students had weekly NaTakallam conversations over Skype and discussed the mini-series being viewed in class with their Syrian conversation partners: Shadi, Muna, and Zain. They've forged friendships, and three of my students will be meeting with their conversation partners in person in Beirut during their spring semester abroad.  I look forward to working again with NaTakallam, who's staff went out of their way to meet my class and students' needs over the semester."

- Rebecca Joubin, Associate Professor of Arab Studies, Arab Studies Department, Davidson

2018-01-18T09:30:31+01:00

- Rebecca Joubin, Associate Professor of Arab Studies, Arab Studies Department, Davidson

"NaTakallam added an invaluable linguistic and cultural dimension to my fall 2017 advanced Arabic content course: Gender and Sexuality in Syrian Television Drama. My students had weekly NaTakallam conversations over Skype and discussed the mini-series being viewed in class with their Syrian conversation partners: Shadi, Muna, and Zain. They've forged friendships, and three of my students will be meeting with their conversation partners in person in Beirut during their spring semester abroad.  I look forward to working again with NaTakallam, who's staff went out of their way to meet my class and students' needs over the semester."
“Our 18 students in Duke University’s “Refugee Lives” class appreciated the well-designed NaTakallam platform, ease of scheduling and communication, and excellence of the individual conversation partners. NaTakallam was flexible in understanding our pedagogical needs and innovative in creating pathways for student learning. Our students benefited tremendously from their contact with the conversation partners!”

- Nancy Kalow, Professor, Duke University, Center for Documentary Studies

2018-01-18T09:28:36+01:00

- Nancy Kalow, Professor, Duke University, Center for Documentary Studies

“Our 18 students in Duke University’s “Refugee Lives” class appreciated the well-designed NaTakallam platform, ease of scheduling and communication, and excellence of the individual conversation partners. NaTakallam was flexible in understanding our pedagogical needs and innovative in creating pathways for student learning. Our students benefited tremendously from their contact with the conversation partners!”
“I think these conversations were great for my students.  They all wrote reflection papers about their interactions, and many of them said it was the first time they had ever spoken with a refugee.  We had a discussion about it in class, and it was helpful to see the range of experiences that came out of Syria -- the diversity in terms of professional background, current location, travel routes, etc. I'll definitely tell others on campus about my positive experience, and hope that other courses will use your service.”

 

- Dan Chong, Professor of Political Science, Rollins University

2018-01-18T09:35:10+01:00

- Dan Chong, Professor of Political Science, Rollins University

“I think these conversations were great for my students.  They all wrote reflection papers about their interactions, and many of them said it was the first time they had ever spoken with a refugee.  We had a discussion about it in class, and it was helpful to see the range of experiences that came out of Syria -- the diversity in terms of professional background, current location, travel routes, etc. I'll definitely tell others on campus about my positive experience, and hope that other courses will use your service.”  
"I would love to use NaTakallam in the future. I am so grateful for the work you do. My students have been profoundly changed by this experience."

- Roxana Cazan, Assistant Professor of English, St. Francis College, PA

2018-01-18T09:34:06+01:00

- Roxana Cazan, Assistant Professor of English, St. Francis College, PA

"I would love to use NaTakallam in the future. I am so grateful for the work you do. My students have been profoundly changed by this experience."
"What happens when twenty Emory University undergraduates and ten university-aged refugees living across four continents spend one semester working together to learn about and create sustainable solutions to our global migrant and refugee crisis? Our partnership with NaTakallam allowed us to explore that very question, and it gave all of us involved a learning experience that we will never forget. Skyping in for group discussions and meeting one-on-one with students to help them develop their own social impact projects and public awareness campaigns over the course of the semester, our NaTakallam partners were professional, engaged, and passionate about the work at hand. They added a depth of understanding about the challenges facing those who have been displaced that one simply can't gain from a textbook, and our partnership with them revolutionized the way that migration can be studied!"

 

- Dr. Isabella Alexander, Professor of Anthropology at Emory University

2018-01-18T09:29:47+01:00

- Dr. Isabella Alexander, Professor of Anthropology at Emory University

"What happens when twenty Emory University undergraduates and ten university-aged refugees living across four continents spend one semester working together to learn about and create sustainable solutions to our global migrant and refugee crisis? Our partnership with NaTakallam allowed us to explore that very question, and it gave all of us involved a learning experience that we will never forget. Skyping in for group discussions and meeting one-on-one with students to help them develop their own social impact projects and public awareness campaigns over the course of the semester, our NaTakallam partners were professional, engaged, and passionate about the work at hand. They added a depth of understanding about the challenges facing those who have been displaced that one simply can't gain from a textbook, and our partnership with them revolutionized the way that migration can be studied!"  
"We hosted Natakallam for an Arabic-only conversational event featuring two instructors via Skype. The Natakallam team handled everything flawlessly, and the two instructors spoke with students in our master's program about their experiences as refugees.  They explained what it was like to find an organization like Natakallam that would support them in a professional capacity in their exile from Syria.  They shared stories about the relationships they have built with their Arabic students, and described some of the challenges they face in their new contexts.  It was such a wonderful opportunity for our students to connect with real people as a way of dispelling stereotypes and adding a personal, multi-dimensional view of daily life as a refugee.  It also felt really good to be contributing to an organization that helps support professionals at a moment when they otherwise might not have access to employment."

-Greta Scharnweber, Associate Director, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University

2018-01-18T09:23:33+01:00

-Greta Scharnweber, Associate Director, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University

"We hosted Natakallam for an Arabic-only conversational event featuring two instructors via Skype. The Natakallam team handled everything flawlessly, and the two instructors spoke with students in our master's program about their experiences as refugees.  They explained what it was like to find an organization like Natakallam that would support them in a professional capacity in their exile from Syria.  They shared stories about the relationships they have built with their Arabic students, and described some of the challenges they face in their new contexts.  It was such a wonderful opportunity for our students to connect with real people as a way of dispelling stereotypes and adding a personal, multi-dimensional view of daily life as a refugee.  It also felt really good to be contributing to an organization that helps support professionals at a moment when they otherwise might not have access to employment."

Interested in bringing NaTakallam to your school? Contact us at [email protected].

NATAKALLAM IS PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE IN OVER A DOZEN SCHOOLS, INCLUDING