Lina Kholaki has master degree in human development, adult teaching from Pacific Oaks College in California. Certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview tester “OPI” and ACTFL Writing Proficiency Rater “WPT”.Lina has been in the teaching field for the past 20+ years. She has experience teaching Arabic from preschool-12 grade school and college level. She began teaching Arabic at New Horizon Elementary-Middle School in Pasadena, where she remained on staff for thirteen years. In addition to teaching responsibilities she Created and organized an annual Arabic camp (Ya Marhaba) during winter breaks and after school “Arabic Club.”
Since 2001, Lina has been appointed as language expert and coordinator for Arabic teachers at the four New Horizon campuses for the Bureau of Islamic and Arabic Education and for the Aldeen Foundation since 2001-present..
Then moved to teaching college level at Cal State San Bernardino 2006-20011, the she was appointed by University of Southern California as department coordinator and Arabic instructor 2011-2015. Currently she serves as consultant of Arabic language in Los Angeles, California.
Lina is the co-developer of Hayya Natakalam Maan, a landmark program for teaching Arabic language following the modern standards for young learners of Arabic. In addition, LIna has been working as a consultant to LAUSD , to coach the Dual Immersion program in Elizabeth Learning Center, in Los Angeles.Lina is member of the Task Force Committee charged with drafting the Standards of Arabic as a Foreign Language for the 21st century for K-12, and currently reviewed the word readiness standards.
Also served as a leader for QFI Summer Intensive training for Arabic Teachers in Washington-DC -2015.
Lina served as president of National Arabic Teacher Association (NATA) a nonprofit organization that Created as a forum for Arabic language teachers to share ideas and disseminate information electronically through quarterly published newsletter.
She serves as a Co-chair Southern California QFI Teacher Council “SCALTC”, serving Arabic language teachers in Southern California.
She participated in development an Arabic curriculum for 2 weeks in Concordia Language village. She has developed programs for after-school clubs and Arabic cultural events and has presented her philosophy and experiences at numerous national conferences.
Lina also served as a co-chair in ACTFL Learning Language for Children special interest group since 2005-06.
Lina directed Aldeen Startalk Summer High school Student program with the coordination of Teacher Training program for the last seven years.in addition to she lead the online Startalk Arabic program “ Sahtain” in 2016.
Lina received teacher of the year from New Horizon System in 2005. she also received ACTFL-Arabic SIG Veteran Teacher Award 2015 in San Diego ,California.
Language is far more than a system to be explained. It is our most important link to the world around us. Language is culture in motion. It is people interacting with people – Savignon.