At Plymouth High School, mentor teacher Laura Koebel and exchange teacher Ez Eldin Salem designed a project in which 30 Arabic students at Plymouth High School participated in an all day event centered around Arabic studies. First, the students attended 1st and 4th semester Arabic courses at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Afterwards, the students discussed language learning at the college level and practiced their Arabic with the university Arabic students. After this exchange, the Plymouth students visited the university’s Language Resource Center to see how students are learning language through technology. From the university, the students then went to the Milwaukee Public Museum where they visited a mummy exhibit featuring displays and presentations about ancient Egypt, followed by lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant, to sample authentic cuisine. The project accomplished a variety of tasks: it gave the Plymouth Arabic students a look at college level Arabic courses and what continued learning opportunities are available; it made two top universities in Wisconsin aware of the TCLP Arabic program and developing language program at Plymouth; it gave relevance to the students about their Arabic language study; it exposed the Plymouth students to different foods and sparked their interest in continuing study of the Arabic language and culture.
Award Project Round