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Interpersonal Communication: A Workshop for Arabic Instructors

In this workshop, Dr. Donna Clementi, national consultant for ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), will lead Arabic language educators through a series of classroom activities and feedback strategies that build proficiency in interpersonal communication in the foreign language classroom. Educators who attend this workshop will increase their ability to initiate an interaction in order to share information, feelings, and opinions, to actively listen in order to react verbally and/or nonverbally to what someone says, to make comments and/or ask follow-up questions to keep the interaction going, and negotiate meaning by confirming understanding and asking for clarification as needed.

Donna Clementi, PhD, is currently a national consultant for ACTFL leading workshops on world language instruction, assessment, and curriculum design. She is co-author of Keys to Planning for Learning: Effective Curriculum, Unit, and Lesson Design Second Edition (ACTFL 2017). Since 2006, she has led the CARLA Summer Institute on Second Language Assessments at the University of Minnesota. Since 2013 Clementi has led the Professional Development Workshops for Teachers of Arabic at Concordia Language Villages. She taught French and was the World Languages Program Leader in the Appleton Area School District (WI) for 33 years. Clementi’s honors include: ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for K-12 Leadership in Foreign Languages (2000); Distinguished Foreign Language Educator Award from the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (2002); Supervisor of the Year Award by the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (2004); Les Palmes Académiques from the French government (2008); Founders Award from the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (2012).

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