Language Villages Receives Grant
Apr 26, 2011FOR MORE INFORMATION:
CARL-MARTIN NELSON, director, marketing and communications for Concordia Language Villages
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director, Concordia College
CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGES RECEIVES GRANT FROM
QATAR FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL
Concordia Language Villages will receive $100,000.00 in grant funding from the Qatar Foundation International for student and educator Arabic programs. Funds designated for student use will support 29 scholarships for the Arabic Language Village for the two and four week programs. Students will apply to be “QFI Scholars” and will receive scholarships ranging between 50 percent and 85 percent of tuition. Funds designated for the teacher program will support innovative teacher training for Arabic teachers. Ten teachers will enroll in courses through the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (www.carla.umn.edu) and also complete an internship at the Arabic Language Village. This is the first summer that Concordia Language Villages has received funding from the Qatar Foundation International.
“The need for Arabic speakers in the United States has never been greater,” says Patricia M. Thornton, director of Summer Programs for Concordia Language Villages. “We are pleased to partner with the Qatar Foundation International to support the study and instruction of Arabic language and culture.”
Students interested in applying to be a QFI Scholar are encouraged to visit the Language Villages site at www.ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org\gea and click on the Arabic link.
Teachers interested in professional development are encouraged to visit the Language Villages site at www.ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org.
Concordia Language Villages is a recognized leader in global education offering 15 world language programs. Concordia Language Villages attracts more than 10,000 youth, educators and adults annually from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Youth ages 7-18 and adults of all language experience levels can take advantage of on-site learning options ranging from a weekend to four weeks.