New York Arabic Teachers' Council

New York Arabic Teachers’ Council

A network and professional learning community for Arabic educators in the Northeast region

Program Overview

The NYATC provides a forum for Arabic teachers to network, collaborate, and share innovative approaches to teaching with the goal of strengthening and professionalizing the field of Arabic language education by helping teachers support other teachers and their communities. This Council is made possible by the generous support of Qatar Foundation International.

Please see below for information about the webinars, conferences, scholarships for graduate credits, and the leadership initiative.

Conference Dates and Themes

Theme for 2017-2018: Student Engagement

موضوع هذا العام : أستقطاب الطلاب و جذب اهتمامهم


  • September 23Fall Conference: Keeping it Relevant! Topics that Touch Students’ Hearts and Minds

مؤتمر فصل الخريف الدراسي : تدريس مواضيع تهم الطلاب و تمس قلوبهم و عقولهم

مؤتمر فصل الشتاء الدراسي : تدريس الثقافة بشكل شيق في الصف
  • April 14 – Spring Conference: Tools for Engaging Students in Learning
مؤتمر فصل الربيع الدراسي : أدوات لضمان استمالة الطلاب و جذب أهتمامهم عند التدريس

Other Dates to Note


  • November 1 – Top Tech Tools for Language Teachers
  • December 5 – Differentiation in the World Language Classroom
  • January 18 – Four Ideas for Freshening Up Your World Language Classroom in 2018
  • March 21 -Fresh from the Field: NYC Teachers Share Takeaways from Top Resources in the Field
       *All webinars take place between 5pm and 7pm.

Guest Facilitators in 2017-2018

Nathan Lutz

Mimi Melkonian

Maureen Owens

Leadership Initiative

This track is for Arabic teachers who have a deep understanding the TELL Framework and want to take their teacher leadership skills to the next level. Teachers in this track will spend time working with a trainer to gain the skills to be responsible for leading sessions, as well as observing and providing feedback to teachers in the general teacher track during peer teaching. Participants in this track will leave the program with the confidence and skills to bring the ideas back to their own schools and districts and be a leader in their world language communities.

Scholarship Opportunities

Through partnerships with Queens College, Rutgers University, and SUNY Geneseo, NYATC members have the opportunity to apply for scholarships for graduate level courses vetted for best practices that are related to world language teaching. The credits earned through the course can be used towards a masters or currently certified teachers are often able to use these credits for a salary step differential.

NYATC members are also able to apply for scholarships to attend local language teaching conferences.

Current Recipients

Bebers I.

Fall 2017
Rutgers University
Principles of Language Acquisition

Gisele I.

Fall 2017
Rutgers University
Principles of Language Acquisition

Eman H.

Fall 2017
Rutgers University
Principles of Language Acquisition

Recent Recipients

Mouna F.

Summer 2017
SUNY Geneseo
Foreign Language in the Elementary School 

Yusuf J.

Summer 2017
Summer Institute

“NNELL was awesome! It was up close and personal. When I went into the conference I thought, how in the world will novice students do complicated STEAM projects? By the end of the conference, I had learned that even simple things connected to STEAM makes a difference. As the department head at my school, I plan to encourage other Arabic teachers to make connections to content areas.”

– Yusuf J., NYATC Member