The 2000 volume of the ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series is a groundbreaking volume that offers a guide for language teachers, school administrators, and support personnel that will enable them to work more effectively with growing population of heritage language learners in the nation's schools.
Co-Editors: John B. Webb, Ed.D, Princeton University
and Barbara L. Miller, Ph.D., Hunter College High School, City University of New York
Marcel Khalife was born in 1950 in Amchit, Lebanon. He studied the Near Eastern lute, known in Arabic as the oud at the National Academy of Music in Beirut. In 1972, Khalife formed a group of musicians in Amchit, the town where he was born. The group, which then performed throughout Lebanon, wanted to revive Arabic music and its choral heritage. The Amchit group was an experience Khalife built upon to launch Al-Mayadine Ensemble in 1976, which soon won high renown. He and Al-Mayadine Ensemble continue to perform in concerts in the Arab world, Africa, Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia, and Japan. Mr. Khalife generously allowed his music to be featured in I Speak Arabic.
Who is an Arab?
“Arab” is a cultural and linguistic term. It refers to those who speak Arabic as their first language. Arabs are united by culture and by history. Arabs are not a race. Some have blue eyes and red hair; others are dark skinned; many are somewhere in between. Most Arabs are Muslims but there are also millions of Christian Arabs and thousands of Jewish Arabs, just as there are Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Americans. ...