Since the fall of 2010, students at Big Sky and Sentinel High Schools have had the chance to learn the Arabic language and culture. This year, students at two additional Missoula high schools will have that same opportunity.
Missoula County Public Schools announced Thursday that Khalil Nasr, a visiting Arabic instructor from Egypt, will teach Arabic to students at Hellgate High School and the Willard Alternative High School program.
Nasr was awarded a fellowship from the U.S. Department of State to participate in the 2012 Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP). He is one of 24 teachers who were selected from China and Egypt for participating in the fellowship program.
This is the 3rd year that MCPS has collaborated with the TCLP program to bring a visiting instructor to the district. The program is designed to increase the student and acquisition of important world languages in U.S. schools.
Since its launch in 2006, TCLP has provided fellowships to over 150 primary and secondary school teachers of English from Egypt and China to teach in K-12 schools throughout the United States.