Curriculum and Teaching Resources

  • CALC, the University of Chicago's CMES, and the Chicago Public Schools' Office of Language & Cultural Education (OLCE) hosted Dr. Wafa Hassan for a Professional Development Workshop at CALC on May 31, 2014.  The workshop focused on the teaching of World Languages within the Common Core.  Here are the resources from that workshop, available now to all interested:

- Dr. Hassan's PowerPoint Presentation

- ACTFL "Can-Do Statements"

- Aligning the National Standards for Teaching Languages with CCSS

  • In partnership with QFICLASSRoad, and ISKME, Al-Masdar is being developed as a one-stop shop for materials related to Arabic language education.  The site will act as a clearinghouse for vetted and high-quality Arabic language education materials as well as a meeting point for teachers to share materials, comment and rate materials, and collaborate on the development of materials.  

  • In the Ottoman Empire, the hazine was the treasury, a storehouse in which countries found books to read, scribes deposited documents, and clerks stowed away precious objects that arrived from around the empire.  Hazine was started in the hopes of creating a similar storehouse of information for scholars researching the Middle East and the Islamic world at large.  While not directly curricula material, this is an incredible source to find interesting materials to use in the classroom!

  • Brown University's The Choices Program entitled"The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy" - Check out this wonderful open source through Brown University for a variety of lesson plans and supplemental resources! The resources available range from: Curriculum Catalog, to Scholars Online Videos, to Teaching With The News, to Teacher's Corner, to Professional Development. An incredible resource, please explore away!
  • Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies' Outreach Director, Dr. Regina Higgins, created a video entitled "Where Is The Middle East?" It's an excellent introduction to the region.

  • Syraj - Teach Children Arabic 

Adults interested in learning Arabic?

Here are few resources to explore:

  • The University of Chicago's Graham School offers a noncredit program designed for adults.


  • Chicago's very own Arabic "Meet Up" - this is a group geared towards Arab-Americans and those already with Arabic language skills; however, a great way to practice and to become better acquainted with the language and culture.​

  • Listen to Learn - UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies has produced a wonderful interactive website that is an introduction to Arabic (Egyptian, Lebanese, Iraqi, Moroccan, and Modern Standard Arabic).

  • Al Hakawati - The Storyteller (Arab Cultural Trust) -  Great website in Arabic that includes endless links to various topics that can be used for the following purposes: stories and tales, personalities, geography, civilizations, arts and artists, history and culture, environment, architecture, and religions. 


  • Khan Academy's Arabic video tutoring modules - The Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has partnered with Intel to translate in to Arabic core math and science video modules from the acclaimed Khan Academy and pre-load the materials on Intel desktops and laptops.​​​

One of the Center's main goals is to be a resource for teachers, students, and other interested community members.  The Center's library, the Farouk Mustafa Library, is available through inquiry.  In addition to the Farouk Mustafa Library, the Center offers resources online to the community.  Simply click on the links below to explore what is available online!

مركز اللغة والثقافة العربية

In partnership with the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), CALC makes publicly available the educational resources below.  They are intended to be used as a supplement in the classroom to enhance the teaching of the histories and cultures of the Middle East.

  • To explore recent and current Arab Political Transformations, also known as the "Arab Spring," visit the CMES website here.

  • For an incredible collection of maps to use in the classroom, please visit the CMES website for educational resources.

  • Teaching about Islam and Muslims in the Public School Classroom - This is an excerpt from a handbook for K-12 classroom teachers. Published by the Council on Islamic Education, it provides a brief overiew of Islam written from the perspective of a practicing Muslim actively engaged in her faith. The demographic information provided in this document is accurate for the time of publication (1998) but now is outdated.



  • Teaching the Middle East: A Resource for Educators- This series of 18 learning modules was written by renowned scholars in the field of Middle Eastern studies and created in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and three University of Chicago units: the Oriental Institute, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the eCUIP Digital Library Project.

  • Afternoon Map - A cartography blog concerned with Ottoman, Turkish, Balkan, and Middle Eastern history.


  • Archnet - developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Libraries, is a globally-accessible, scholarly resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues in Muslim societies. By providing ready access to unique texts and media, Archnet facilitates high quality teaching, scholarship, and practice in these and related fields. 

   Student Opportunities:

  • To check out summer study opportunities for high school students, the Arabic Flagship Programs, and opportunities to host international exchange students, click here.


  • Internship Opportunity: Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo: Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates with the opportunity to work at the highest levels of an international university, experience life in Cairo, and learn Arabic.  Selected individuals spend one academic year working at AUC, studying Arabic, and partaking in the rich intellectual and cultural life of both the University and Cairo.