Chicago Arabic Teachers Council


In partnership with Qatar Foundation International, the Chicago Arabic Teachers Council (CATC) at the Middle East and North African Studies Program (MENA) at Northwestern University was established in September 2016 with the purpose of serving the 250+ Arabic teachers in the Chicago area by building relationships between and providing resources to Arabic language instructors, school administrators and education professionals.

CATC Executive Committee

Upcoming Events

April 2017

In partnership with Northwestern's Council on Language Instruction, on April 22, 2017 the CATC will host the Chicago Language Symposium 2017 at Northwestern University. This annual event is a joint venture of language centers at the University of Chicago, UIC, DePaul and Northwestern. The theme of this year's symposium is: The Role of Assessment in Foreign Language Teaching. This event is open to all Arabic language teachers in the Chicago area. CATC@MENA will have its own Arabic session that is geared toward Arabic teachers as part of the symposium. CATC will cover the cost for any Chicago Arabic language teachers who wish to attend the program. Please check the website for details on the event. More information regarding registration will be available soon.

May 2017

On May 20, 2017 the CATC will host its concluding event for the 2016-2017 academic year, on the theme of Language and Culture. This will be an afternoon event, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The keynote speaker will be a prominent educator, and we are inviting all interested teachers to participate in a poster presentation on “best classroom practices”. The event will close with a formal dinner accompanied by music. More information about this special event will be provided soon. Please check the MENA website and Facebook page for updates.

Past Events

On December 17, MENA convened a daylong CATC symposium on Classroom Practices and Teaching Strategies, featuring presentations by experienced Arabic instructors and a keynote workshop led by Blaine Ray, the developer of Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS).

See story on CATC and December 17 Symposium.

See handout from Blaine Ray on TPRS.

Using Technology in the Arabic Language Classroom

View the Symposium program.

See photos from the event.

Please check back for updates and upcoming events.