The Middle East Studies Center maintains a collection of lesson modules for content-based instruction of Middle East languages. This online resource is designed to help university-level language offerings based on various content areas.
Content-based instruction is a holistic approach to teaching and learning languages. It utilizes a content area, subject matter, disciplinary interest, or theme as the context and pretext for the teaching and learning of a language. It can be described as the “learning of language through a subject matter”. Content-based instruction is among the cutting-edge areas of research in critical and less-commonly taught languages and Portland State University is well-positioned to lead pedagogical initiatives in the field.
The website is an outgrowth of the Western Consortium of Title VI National Resource Centers for Middle East Studies' Spring 2012 language pedagogy workshop, which was hosted at Portland State University and drew on expertise from around the country as well as University resources, including Portland State’s Russian Flagship Program. The conference had important practical consequences for a better understanding of pedagogical techniques and their application in the classroom; it also provided scholars with a unique opportunity to meet, exchange and confront their views and methodologies.
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.