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Arab World and Language Awareness Week

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School Project
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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Principal Al Church at the Academy for Math, Engineering and Science in Salt Lake City, UT was given CLP funding for an Arab World and Language Awareness Week, conducted in partnership with the University of Utah’s Middle Eastern Center. TCLP Arabic teacher Samir Gibrial collaborated in organizing 65 current students and many community members who participated in multiple activities including: a field trip to the University of Utah’s Middle Eastern Center to observe a university Arabic class, view Arabic artifacts, and share an Arabic meal. Over 130 9th grade students participated in a beginning lesson with TCLP teacher Mr. Gibrial, and in an evening presentation that was open to the public. The Arabic Cultural Evening included Arabic artifact and calligraphy displays, dance performances, open discussions with panel speakers, and Arab food. These presentations were aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of Arabic study, the need for this critical language knowledge, and the availability of quality instruction at area schools and universities.