SAILN Events

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Strand C Workshop - Production Level

  • Dates: June 19th, June 20th, June 21st, June 22nd, and a fifth date to de determined in late summer/early fall on a Saturday
  • All sessions are hyflex - in person and online

Strand C focuses on the effective classroom assessment of world language learners. Participants will review the basic assessment concepts and the concept of backward design through the lens of the new California World Languages Standards and Framework. Participants will learn how to search for, select, and use authentic materials to create cognitively engaging and age- and culturally- appropriate learning activities at all proficiency levels for each mode of communication. They will also learn how to integrate interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational tasks to create meaningful summative assessments of the students’ ability to use the target language in real-world settings.


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Workshop Series for Arabic teachers

Dates: Friday April 7th & Friday May 12th, from 4 to 5:30 pm, in-person
Location: Alvarado Room #212 – 6505 Alvarado Rd.

Presenter: Ghassan Zakaria

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Ghassan Zakaria has been in the education field since 2004. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from San Diego State University (SDSU).Also, he has The Advanced Certificate of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from SDSU. For the past 19 years, Ghassan has worked at the Department of Linguistics & Asian/Middle Eastern Languages at San Diego State University, as well as its Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC), Grossmont- Cuyamaca college and The National University. His teaching portfolio includes Elementary Arabic I and II, Intermediate Arabic I and II, Advanced Arabic I and II, Conversational Arabic, Online Conversational Arabic, Distinguished Level Arabic for highly proficient students, Arabic Culture and Arabic Civilization, Arabic for Native Speakers, and Levantine dialect courses. In 2013, the students voted him as the Faculty of the Year at the College of Arts and Letters at SDSU.


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Strand B Workshop - Application Level

Dates: January 28th (Hyflex), February 25th (online), March 18th (Hyflex), April 22nd (online), and May 20th (Hyflex)
Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Location: Hyflex (LARC or Zoom) - Online (Zoom)

Day 1: January 28th, 2023 - HYFLEX

  •  Understand and apply the proficiency benchmarks
  • Use the same authentic resource across proficiency levels
  • Design an outline for a reading unit using authentic resources

Day 2: February 25th, 2023 - Online

  • Integrate backward design strategies to create a reading unit
  • Utilize the three main principals of UDL strategies in the design of a reading unit
  • Incorporate cultural analysis in the reading unit

Day 3: March 18th, 2023 - HYFLEX

  • Integrate a variety of reading strategies and activities in a reading unit
  • Learn about the PACE Model and know when and how to use it
  • Research and learn about the NIP Model for teaching grammar in the moment

Day 4: April 22nd, 2023 - Online

  • Understand the Triple E model and apply it to unit
  • Discuss collaborative digital reading tools
  • Understand why alternative assignments are a good option for online and face-to-face classes

Day 5: May 20th, 2023 - HYFLEX

  • Presentations of reading units with audience’s feedback


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Leadership is an act of service to the profession. In this course, participants will delve into the philosophy and practices of leadership as it relates to personal growth. Participants will be challenged to think deeply about their role as a leader, regardless of the current position they hold. They will also be encouraged to take risks with their leadership abilities by pursuing actions and roles that create meaningful change in their context.

Presenter: Dr. Chris Brown
Chris BrownChris supports the director and other LARC team members in the design and implementation of LARC’s externally funded international programs and initiatives. He holds graduate degrees and certificates in Second Language Instruction, Spanish Linguistics, and Higher Education Leadership. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Discursive Leadership: Exploring the “black box” challenge in transcultural leadership studies.” His research interests focus on the intersection of organizational theory and behavior, leadership, and transcultural communication.


Contact Information

Shahnaz Ahmadeian Fard
Director, SAILN Project
Office Phone: (619) 594-0846