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Come explore Arabic at the Monroe County Public Library with free Saturday Classes


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The Arabic language program, Alef Ba, is in its seventh year running and is sponsored through The Center for Global Change’s “Bridges: Children, Languages, World” project. Volunteers work with community partners to teach Arabic to K-8 students and to build a greater awareness of Middle Eastern and North African cultures in the local community. Arabic classes are held once per week with two trained volunteer instructors and volunteer assistants to help engage students in language lessons and activities. This program is a great opportunity for parents to introduce their children to different countries and languages, and to get involved with the community. Sessions are held at the Monroe County Public Library, Saturday 10:30am-11:15am and 11:30am-12:15pm.


The mission of the Bridges staff is to administer youth programming that focuses on the advocacy of less commonly taught languages and bridging people together through exposure to another language and culture.


For more information check out the Bridges Arabic Language Program


No Registration Required


Contact: MCPL Childrens Services, (812) 349-3100


Location: MCPL, 303 E Kirkwood Ave Bloomington, IN 47408

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About Alef Ba


The Alef Ba program was created in 2006 under the direction of IU-Bloomington’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) and what was formerly the Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Program and is now under the direction of NELC and the Center for the Study of the Middle East. Alef Ba was designed not only to promote Arabic instruction within the community of Bloomington, but also to mentor IU-Bloomington students in teacher training and professionalization. From the beginning, Alef Ba has partnered with the Monroe County Public Library’s Children Services to provide curriculum based Arabic instruction for pre-K through 2 learners. Since 2010, the Alef Ba program has expanded to include classes at the Knee High Day Care Center and in 2011, Alef Ba began partnering with Banneker Community Center to deliver after school programming at Fairview Elementary School for grades 4 through 6.


You can learn more about the Bridges program, of which Alef Ba is a part, from their website.


The same website also includes archived language learning materials that you can print out and use at home!