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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


Spring 2018 Symposium: Social Justice in the Language Classroom

Saturday, April 7 (10 AM - 4 PM)
Northwestern University, McCormick Foundation Center, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston

Keynote Workshop: Intercultural and Social Justice Standards in the Language Classroom

Presenter: Cassandra Glynn, Director, M.Ed. Program in World Language Instruction, Concordia College

Musical Performance by Iraqi-Canadian Hip-Hop Artist Yassin 'Narcy' Alsalman



Past Events:

 Moustafa BayoumiFall 2017 Symposium: Teaching Arabic in a Changing America

Saturday, October 28th (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Northwestern University, McCormick Foundation Center, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Keynote: “Politics and the Arabic Language”
Keynote Speaker: Moustafa Bayoumi 

Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of This Muslim American Life (winner of the Arab American Book Award) and How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America (winner of the American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award). A professor of English at Brooklyn College (CUNY), he has written for a wide variety of publications and is a columnist for The Guardian.

"Fascinating...the author's narrative places the predicament of Arabs and Muslims in today's America in a broader historical and sociocultural framework. This engrossing book challenges the entrenched...stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims." —Library Journal review of This Muslim American Life

“These are great stories about people who might be your neighbors, and Bayoumi delivers them with urgency, compassion, wryness and hints of poetry.” —Salon review of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?


May 2017

On May 20, 2017 the CATC hosted its concluding event for the 2016-2017 academic year, on the theme of Language and Culture. The keynote speaker, Pablo Muirhead, is a prominent educator who specializes in building bridges between cultures through language education. The event closed with performances by Ronnie Malley and Omar Offendum.

April 2017

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. 

December 2016

On December 17, 2016, 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.

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