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

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. The event will be from 10:30 am – 6:00 pm. The keynote speaker, Pablo Muirhead, is a prominent educator who specializes in building bridges between cultures through language education. We are also inviting all interested teachers to participate in a poster presentation on “best classroom practices”. The event will close with performances by Ronnie Malley and Omar Offendum.

Ronnie Malley is a multi-instrumentalist musician, theatrical performer, producer, and educator. He performs with the music groups Allos Musica, Baeoa, EMME, Lamajamal, Surabhi, Turath Ensemble, and the University of Chicago Middle East Music Ensemble. Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist and peace activist. He toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music, helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organizations, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, and most recently been involved in creating several critically-acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings throughout the Middle East & North Africa. 

More information about this special event will be provided soon. Please check the MENA website and Facebook page for updates.

                                             Language and Culture
                                               Saturday May 20, 2017

10:30 AM                 Registration

11:00 – 11:15 AM     Welcome and Opening Remarks  (Brian Edwards, MENA Director)

11:15 AM – 1:00 PM  Keynote Address: Pablo Muirhead

1:00 – 2:00 PM         Lunch

2:00 – 3:00 PM         Poster Presentations

3:00 – 4:00 PM         First Musical Performance: Ronnie Malley

4:00 – 4:30 PM         Coffee break / dessert

4:30 – 6:00 PM         Second Musical Performance + discussion: Omar Offendum   

6:00 PM                   Closing Remarks

* Space for prayer is available in the Lower Level, Harris L06.

* Arabic language activities for children 5 years and up in the Lower Level, Harris L07 and L28.

** Children aged 5-7 should be accompanied by parent, older sibling or guardian.

Past Events

On April 22, CATC hosted the Chicago Language Symposium 2017 at Northwestern University in partnership with Northwestern's Council on Language Instruction. 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 was open to all Arabic language teachers in the Chicago area. CATC@MENA had its own Arabic session that is geared toward Arabic teachers as part of the symposium. 

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.