CAC Arabic School Quarterly Update

November 2018

Ahlan wa Sahlan Class of 2018-2019

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أهلاً و سهلاُ  Class of 2018-2019

Marhaba and congratulations for encouraging your children to learn the Arabic Language and culture! We are all so thrilled to see your kids blossom every week. Teachers have been very busy to improve the curriculum and infuse it with exciting and fun resources that are age appropriate in preparation for classes.

Following several days of orientation, meetings and training for the current and new teachers, the CAC Arabic school team is geared up for students’ arrival. We took the opportunity to reflect on and reaffirm our commitment to providing a great educational experience and a caring community for all of our students and families. We’re all very excited to get started!

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NEW THIS YEAR_CAC Arabic Quizlet 2018-2019

CAC is launching its own Quizlet platform to use in classroom and at home with audio. Quizlet is a mobile and web-based study application that allows students to study vocabulary and practice LIVE in the classroom and at home via learning tools and games such as flashcards, matching game, spell the word, gravity etc..

Note: Please remind your children to play games using quizlet at least 2-3 times a week! Click below to see a sample.

We recognize the possible difficulty in pronouncing certain deep throat letters. Check out this visual
Cognitive Advantages of Teaching Children Arabic

According to recent Cornell linguist research study, learning a second language is "good childhood mind medicine". READ on to find out why you should be proud for teaching your kids Arabic at early age.

CAC Arabic Children's Orchestra Classes

Children will learn both contemporary and traditional Arabic music with accomplished teachers and musicians in the US. The program consists of two ensembles for beginners and more advanced students.

Instrumental group lessons will be held 3 times per month and Orchestra group lessons will be held once a month on Sundays following CAC Arabic School Calendar.

The Orchestra will perform one concert per year.

Listen to Layth and Naseem, music instructors

CLICK here to listen to this piece arranged by Layth Sidiq, CAC music program director and Naseem Alatrash, Cello instructor.

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Meet CAC New Arabic Teachers

Ms. Alaa Razeq

During the academic year, Alaa is an Arabic language teacher with the Boston Public School system. Prior to teaching there, she was an Arabic lecturer in Hampshire and Amherst Colleges and has previously taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Alaa is a curriculum specialist and oral language evaluator with the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages in Amherst. Beyond academia, she has also worked as a translator for the Defense Language Institute, specializing in translations from English into MSA and Levantine. During the summer, she teaches intensive Arabic language courses for STARTALK critical language national program.

Ms. Nisreen Shukair

Nisreen was born and raised in Syria where she received her bachelor degree in Teaching. She started her career in 1998 teaching math, music, art, science and sports to K-6 age children. For Nisreen, teaching young children is a great vocation, one that is shared responsibility and partnership between both parents and teacher. Ms. Shukair worked with children of different ages and special needs. She was also a basketball player and coach for many years. Nisreen volunteered at different humanitarian organizations in Boston. She was recently awarded the President Bronze certificate for helping the community.

Ms. Lina Gharios

Lina has a Bachelor degree in Sociology, French and Education from the Lebanese University in Zahle. She has 24 years of teaching experience in Arabic, Math, French and Social Studies for children and adults of different ages in Lebanon. She also served as the assistant department chair for special education students in the middle school. Lina's work as an advocate for women's rights was highlighted in her effort as a member of the "Women without Borders" organization that supported women's rights against domestic violence. She worked with abused women and provided courses to educate them.

Ms. Joy Jeha

Joy is currently completing her Masters degree program in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Joy has also been combining the creative arts with education. She enjoys working with all ages, and believes that play, constructive curiosity, and exploration are key elements to a FULL filling life. Joy is an active member in the Arab-American community, and is a committed member to the CAC. She is delighted to be volunteering at the different CAC events, and is thrilled to be working at the Arabic School. One of Joy’s goals is to promote the Arabic language and culture to Arab youth as well as any individual she meets. Joy believes that by promoting the language through education, creativity, and innovation, youth will become avid ambassadors of the language & culture.


Reciting the alphabet and memorizing what each sound makes is critical to your child's ability to reading and writing. HINT: Sing it along with your child in the car. Make it fun to learn Arabic!!

we are looking forward to working with all of you.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Randa Shedid, CAC president and Arabic school director

Ikram Easton, Arabic school curriculum director