As we emerge from Spring Break and adhere to the important national guidelines on social isolation, we at WLI-MT are thinking about you and your children's world language learning.
We are creating opportunities for your children to continue with their language and culture learning online! Check out both LIVE and virtual language resources above.
WLI-MT AFTER-SCHOOL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
In following with the recent Bozeman School District closures in response to COVID-19, our after-school language programs will also be suspended until further notice. Please continue to check back on our website for the most up-to-date information regarding our programs. Thank you for your understanding, and we wish everyone stay safe & well.
Our partnership with the City of Bozeman Parks & Recreation allows us to offer our Summer World Language & Culture Camps to the Bozeman area community at the Story Mansion & Lindley Center. Our week-long immersion-based camps are offered through the entire month ofJuly. This year we have full-day camps in French and Spanish, and half-day camps in German, Mandarin, French, & Spanish. New this year, we are also offering Adult Language Camps (ages 15+) in German, Mandarin, & Spanish!
GIVE THE GIFT OF FEEDBACK : FILL OUT A PROGRAM EVALUATION
A STORY ON HOW LEARNING A SIMPLE GREETING OF "MARHABA" (HELLO IN ARABIC), CHANGES SO MUCH.
New MSU Arabic Professor, Bassam Alkholy knows first-hand how kindness can be generated through connecting with second languages & cultures.
Last weekend, Bassam was sitting in Costco with his wife and three children enjoying some lunch. Bassam and his family are Palestinian-Jordanian who moved here in August from Mississippi.
A local Bozeman student was sitting near them, also with her family. She noticed Bassam and walked up to him. "Marhaba!" she said, which means "hello!" in Arabic. "Ana ismi Angela," she said. "My name is Angela."Bassam was so taken aback he asked, "How do you know how to say hello and your name in Arabic?" She said, "I am learning Arabic with Mr. Mahi, my 1st grade language teacher."
This small interaction was huge for both families. Bassam's children felt less "other," in a new town so different from what they are used to. This young girl made a bridge and connection through knowing a few basic Arabic words. She wanted to share. She was curious and friendly. The two families were able to talk and share their stories, all because of this six-year-old. There were tears in Bassam's eyes when he shared this with us.
"Your program is amazing. I want to work with you and help you bring Arabic to these young children."
Through our in-school day Arabic program, a young six-year old greeted an Arabic family and started a conversation at Costco. Think what the world could be if more American young people felt comfortable and excited to say "Marhaba" to others in our country and in our local community. This is our hope, to make more stories like this one through our programming.
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