Syrian Refugee Tutors for Tufts Arabic Students
Who are we?
Since 2016, Tufts Arabic program has collaborated with NaTakallam, a non-profit organization started by Tufts alum Aline Sara (LA '06). NaTakallam matches Syrian refugee conversation partners and tutors with Arabic language students via an online portal, bringing real-life conversations, language learning, and cultural exchange into the classroom.
How we use it:
Whether enrolled in Levantine Arabic or Modern Standard Arabic classes, over 80 students to date have benefited from authentic language practice through their pairing with a NaTatakallam conversation partner. Students have had anywhere between three to seven structured, hour-long sessions each semester that align with the course content. Conversation partners discuss and share reactions to an article, exchange cultural information like proverbs and recipes or support students through their final projects. Intermediate-level students hear first-hand accounts of refugees' experiences in a large classroom sessions during their unit on migration in the Arab world.
Why we need your help:
Our goal is to provide longer-term sustainability to this unique and invaluable collaboration, so that Tufts students will continue to benefit from authentic language exposure while providing a badly needed source of income to displaced Syrians. By supporting this initiative, you are supporting our Program's language learning goals and Tufts University's commitment to social justice.