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Professional Development

The NMELRC provides online webinars and video footage of master teachers modeling “Best Practices” from classes all over the United States and the Middle East in addition to supporting face to face workshops and conference sessions.

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Arabic Without Walls

In order to supplement opportunities to study Arabic, Arabic without Walls has been developed as a distance learning course available for anyone, ranging from high school students to senior citizens.

Persian Resources

The NMELRC continues to provide resources for Persian students and teachers through online resources and standard-based curricula.

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Middle East Language Learning in U.S. Higher Education: Ten Years after 9/11

This report provides information on enrollment trends, motivation and challenges encountered by students and teachers and recommends solutions for dealing with challenges.

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Arabic Language DVD:

Designed to provide instruction for first-year Arabic learners, the DVD set provides a full first-year course filmed in professional quality.

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Evaluation Projects

Building on the work of John Norris and in collaboration with the National Foreign Language Center at the U of Hawaii, the NMELRC provides tools to evaluate language programs in order to strategically grow and develop language programs.

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Hebrew Language DVD:

Daily Life in Israel provides authentic material for listening and viewing comprehension.

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Turkish Language DVD:

Sevgili Murat is a feature film for intermediate students of Turkish that was purposefully filmed in Turkey.

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Language Handbooks

Language handbooks provide tips and information for teachers, advisors, and students of Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, and Turkish.

Testing

NMELRC has developed proficiency online tests for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish and will be handing over the bank to ACTFL for official release of the tests upon completion of the project. We are still in the process of piloting the tests free of charge. For more information on signing up your students for testing please contact nmelrc-research@byu.edu

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NEW RESOURCE for teachers and students

"Motivation, Vision and Life Narratives" Presentation by Zoltán Dörnyei, University of Nottingham

Professor Dörnyei is the guru of language learning and motivation studies. Here you will find powerful insights from years of research, language learning, and teaching that could help you become a much better language learner or teacher. His presentation was made at the Matters of the Mind: Psychology and Language Learning Conference. We very much appreciate his willingness to let us make these resources available on our website.

Hypermdeia Text for Culture and Language Learning

The Hypermedia Texts for Learning Language and Culture project strives to create culturally annotated hypermedia texts and accompanying pedagogical materials for teaching language and culture, using The Interactive Annotated Reading Application (TIARA). TIARA is a user-friendly browser software created by the NMELRC, the BYU Arclite Lab and CERCLL (Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy) at the University of Arizona. By decentering the cultural background information that is provided to the students through hypermedia annotations, the texts and lessons on this site seek to promote cultural literacy through the “interpretive mode,” “the ability to read (or listen) between the lines" with the goal of fostering perceptive and aware language users.

"Self-Efficacy in Foreign Language Learning" Webinar with Dr. Nicole Mills, Harvard University Friday, April 19th 2013


This webinar provides an overview of the construct of self-efficacy or an individual’s beliefs in his/her ability to perform a designated task or complete an activity, which is a strong predictor of future performance.

How to Register for Arabic without Walls

The National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC) and Brigham Young University Independent Study is offering an award-winning hybrid online course for high school students. The high school implementation of Arabic without Walls, winner of the 2010 Distance Education Course Award and the 2012 K-12 Distance Learning Course Award, covers the basics of both spoken and written Arabic and enables students to acquire real-world communication skills. This process is facilitated by their working with an online tutor and a cohort of students who form an online learning community.

Middle East Language Learning in U.S. Higher Education: Ten Years after 9/11

Thousands of American students want to acquire professional-level fluency in the languages of the Middle East, but relatively few actually succeed. Research we have conducted over the past eight years suggests that far more students could succeed. Middle East Language Learning in U.S.