In this workshop, Layali Eshqaidef, founder of Kalimah Programs for Arabic Language, Culture, and Arts in Rockville, Maryland, will illustrate how to design a project-based learning unit that can be applied to many language proficiency topics like food, clothing, music, or travel. Through interactive teaching strategies and best practices in foreign language acquisition, Layali empowers educators to develop lessons that get students invigorated to learn more.
Layali Eshqaidef has been teaching Arabic at colleges and kids’ programs for more than 8 years. She is the Founder and President of Kalimah Programs for Arabic Language, Culture, and Arts Education (www.KalimahPrograms.org). Kalimah offers Arabic immersion after school, weekend, and summer programs and events for elementary and middle school children and families in Maryland and the DMV area. Through her work and research, she is exploring the power of art, music, and play in language acquisition. She loves designing innovative learning units, lessons, and activities that are fun and integrate multiple disciplines simultaneously. She strives to bring the world into the classroom so students can take the classroom out into the world.