University of Minnesota
African Studies Initiative

African Studies Initiative

Professional Development for Teachers

The following resources have been collected from past professional development programs offered through to educators. Included are curriculum ideas, bibliography of readings, lectures, slide presentations, and other activities created and utilized from educational enhancement opportunities.

In addition, below is a list of resources for educators from other African Studies Centers and organizations to support the teaching about Africa..

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Language Support

One of the priorities of ASI is to support the teaching of less-commonly-taught languages. At the University of Minnesota we currently offer: Arabic, Portuguese, Somali and Swahili.

ALMA - African Language Materials Archive

The African Language Materials Archive, or ALMA, is a multi-partner project focusing on the promotion and documentation of literature and literacy in the languages of Africa. It further serves to assist African language authors and publishers in publicizing and distributing their work.

Arabic without Walls
University of California Consortium on Language Learning and Teaching and the National Middle East Language Resource Center.

Arabic without Walls, an innovative distance-learning program that will allow anyone, ranging from high school students to senior citizens, to study Arabic—no matter where they live.

ALTA - African Language Teachers Association

ALTA is an organization that works for the advancement of the teaching of African Languages. ALTA aims to develop a culture of african language teaching where its members can share common interests and concerns having to do with the study of african languages and to link and consolidate efforts of government, teachers, administrators, students and researchers involved in the teaching of African languages.

NALRC - National African Language Resource Center

The Center's mission is to serve the entire community of African language educators and learners in the United States by sponsoring a wide range of educational and professional activities designed to improve the accessibility and quality of African language instruction in the United States. The Center encourages a variety of pedagogical approaches to accommodate learner diversity, and advocates the integration of language and culture learning and the acquisition of fluency in these areas. It facilitates dialogue among teachers, learners, and administrators from a wide variety of cultural and institutional perspectives, and promotes the profession of African language teaching.