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Using Technology To Support Arabic Literacy


In this session, you will learn about the free, teacher-created resource, Read, Learn and Play: K-16 Online Interactive Arabic Reading Materials (RLP). The materials in RLP include ACTFL standards-aligned leveled texts and virtual online practice activities for elementary through university students. During this session you will learn about the methodology behind this resource and how you can use it in your classroom to support your students’ literacy growth! In addition, you will have time to try out the materials and start planning how you can integrate them into your next unit. This project is created with support from the U.S. Department of Education, International Research and Studies Program.

Access the Presentation Here: RLP Presentation


  • Sarab Al-Ani is Director of the Arabic Program and a Senior Lector II in Arabic at Yale University. Ms. Al-Ani has published and illustrated several series of leveled readers for Arabic. In addition, she is a writer and blogger on issues of foreign language pedagogy, theory and practice, as well as teacher training. Her current professional interests focus on using technology for language teaching and overcoming challenges that face students of Arabic in the U.S. Ms. Al-Ani is a certified tester and rater in Arabic with ACTFL for both the OPI and AAPLL tests.

  • Elisabeth Shovers is an independent consultant who designs and leads professional development services for world language teachers, and develops, writes, and edits language and culture-focused curricula. She is the former Executive Director of the Global Language Project, a New York City-based nonprofit that promotes the study of world languages through teacher development and best-in-class curricula. There, she founded the New York Arabic Teachers Council and helped write and edit an Arabic K-5 curriculum.