Posted by: Sarah Standish | March 10, 2015

Arabic 1-2: Colors song

Listen to the Color song in order to help learn your colors.

Posted by: Sarah Standish | July 29, 2014

Leaving Lincoln

Dear Lincoln Arabic students and parents of Arabic students,

I am posting this letter to let you all know that I will not return to Lincoln to teach Arabic this coming fall.  After much thought, I have decided to move to Seattle to pursue new opportunities, both personal and professional.

My time at Lincoln has meant more to me than I can say, and I am incredibly grateful for all the hard work my students have put in.  Because the idea of teaching Arabic in American high schools is a relatively new one, no one really knows how much Arabic it’s possible for American students to learn.  I truly believe that your hard work and dedication has helped raise that bar for the entire country.

In Seattle, I’ll be working as the academic program manager at OneWorld Now!, an organization dedicated to teaching high school students Arabic, Chinese, and leadership skills. I’ll also be working on a textbook for high school Arabic.  Remember all of those handouts I gave you that I made?  Maybe you’ll see them one day combined into a book in the Arabic section at Powell’s.

I will miss all of my students.  Please don’t hesitate to send me an email and keep in touch.  You can reach me at standish [dot] sm [at] gmail [dot] com.

All the best,

أستاذة ستاندش \ Ustadha Standish

Alejandra calls her decision to study Arabic the most significant choice she made in high school because of the study-abroad opportunities it opened up for her.  Read the whole thing here.

Posted by: Sarah Standish | June 6, 2014

Summer opportunity: Short-term exchange hosting

UPDATE: This program is still looking for hosts!  Please consider hosting if you will be around this summer!

If you’re looking to host an exchange student this summer without the long-term commitment, the World Affairs Council is offering the opportunity to host an Iraqi student activist for two weeks in August.

More information from the World Affairs Council:

As part of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, thirteen high school students from Iraq and the US will be in Oregon for a leadership program focusing on public health.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the program aims to build a network of young leaders from different ethnic, religious, and national groups willing to promote mutual understanding and community engagement.

Weekdays the visitors meet with youth groups and civic leaders, attend leadership workshops, and complete service projects.  To help our visitors learn about local teen life during their program, we are placing the students in host families that have a teenage host sibling.  Host siblings will be able to participate in program activities and weekend recreational events.  This is a great opportunity for local teens to learn about life in Iraq and how young people can make a difference here in Portland.

Host families provide a bed, breakfast and dinner, transportation to and from the Council’s downtown office during program days, and an American home experience.  During the 9:00am – 5:00pm day of programming, the World Affairs Council provides lunches, cultural events, transportation to meetings and appointments, and one day of recreational activities on the weekend.

The nine Iraqi high school students are recruited from all areas of Iraq and are selected based on academic performance, community involvement, and English language proficiency.  The four US participants are recruited from Portland’s partner communities across the country.  In addition to the student participants, an Iraqi educator will also be traveling with the program and we are looking for a host family for her as well.

For more information, please contact Andrew Neal at or (503) 306-5216.

Posted by: Sarah Standish | May 8, 2014

Extra Credit Events for May

Please note that due to the one-time nature of these events, I cannot screen them for content beforehand.  All information is from the website/newsletter of the PSU Middle East Studies Center unless state otherwise.

Film Screening: Dancing in Jaffa

Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returns to Jaffa to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching dance to Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli children. Here, we follow four different children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation and racial prejudice, as they dance with their enemy. The classroom becomes a microcosm of the Middle East’s struggle to work together harmoniously while still caught in the politics of the region and race. With the guidance of Pierre, the children, who live uneasily side-by-side, learn to dance together and trust one another.

For more information, visit:

When: Opening Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Where: Living Room Theaters, Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland

Ali Abunimah on ‘The Battle for Justice in Palestine’

This lecture is part of an ongoing tour for Ali Abunimah’s latest book, The Struggle for Justice in Palestine, published earlier this year by Haymarket Books. Accoring to Abunimah, efforts to achieve a “two-state solution” have finally collapsed, and the struggle for justice in Palestine is at a crossroads. As Israel and its advocates lurch toward greater extremism, many ask where the struggle is headed. Abunimah’s lecture will offer a clear analysis of this crossroads moment and looks forward with urgency down the path to a more hopeful future. Presented by SUPE. Cosponsors include AUPHR, JVP, Sabeel, and the Portland State chapter of the ISO. For more information, contact Dele Balogun, or visit

When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, room 238, 1825 SW Broadway

Weekly events:

Arabic conversation and culture group

Organized by Arab students at PSU, this group meets weekly to practice Arabic and English and discuss Arab culture.  All are welcome:

When: Thursdays 4-6

Where: Park Avenue Cafe (1535 SW Park Ave)

Posted by: Sarah Standish | May 8, 2014

Host an Arab exchange student next year

Looking for an opportunity to host during the school year?  These students are looking for host families and it would be exciting to have them hosted in the Lincoln cluster!

Ahmed from Yemen-A host who likes to garden would appreciate this 15 year old student from a seaport city in Yemen who loves animals, environment, soccer, gardening, running.    In addition to having pets of his own, he often tries to help stray cats and dogs.  He speaks English and lives with his older brother & parents who are architects.  He wants to be a zoologist.

Mohammed, a Jordanian 16 year who likes volunteering, cycling , swimming, soccer wants to be a pilot. 

Fatima from Bahrain likes photography, children, animals, swimming, Basketball, museums.  She speaks excellent English and is an A student.

All three students have won a US State Department scholarship for being outstanding  students  The scholarship  provides health insurance, school fees, spending money.  They will attend school the 2014-15 school year arriving in the fall.

A host who can be a single person, retired, or any any combination family.  The host provides a bed, desk, chores  meals and encouragement while sharing their favorite things about our area.  For more information call Mimi Sanders, 503-293-6195, mimisandersart [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Posted by: Sarah Standish | April 25, 2014

Qatari college student seeks host family

Hosting an exchange student is a great way to broaden your family’s horizons while staying in the US.  This Qatari student is looking for a host family for summer 2014 while he takes classes at PSU:
Khalid Rashid Al Khalifa
Age: 18
Special Needs: does not smoke, drink alcohol or eat pork
Interests: soccer, American culture
Years of English: 5
Likely grade: college freshman
High school GPA: B+
Additional languages: Arabic
Father age: 55
Father occupation: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Qatar
Marital status: married
Additional comments: Khalid will be going into the Portland State University Intensive English Language Program. His spoken English now is at a beginner level, but will improve dramatically within the first two weeks of classes. After that, the improvement will slow down, but continue steadily as he studies at PSU and practices within the family. Khalid is a nice person, who is well-known among his family members and one of their kindest and someone people with a problem can go to. He is very much looking forward to learning about America from Americans and is grateful for the opportunity to do this through living with an American family. Khalid has not had a lot of experience with non-native cultures and will do best in a situation in which some of the main differences between Arab and American cultures has been discussed among the family members. These would include the higher level of formality among Arabs than among Americans, the very different way in which children address their parents, and the built-in existence/non existence of class hierarchy in the Qatari and American cultures respectively.
If you are interested in hosting Khalid, please contact Linda Morell (morrellassoc [at] comcast [dot] net) for more information.
Posted by: Sarah Standish | April 10, 2014

IB Arabic senior honored

Alejandra Padin-Dujon, an IB Arabic student, was recently honored as one of the top three African-American high school scholars in Oregon, the Oregonian recently reported.  Congratulations Alejandra – ألف مبروك!

Posted by: Sarah Standish | April 8, 2014

Free Arabic typing tutor

Want to learn how to type in Arabic?  Check out this free Arabic typing tutor.

IB Arabic students will need to submit a typed essay starting in the 2015 exam session, so now is a great time to get a head start.

Posted by: Sarah Standish | April 8, 2014

Seeking Host Family for Egyptian High School Girl

Share your America with Radwa from Egypt

PAX is seeking a host for Radwa, a delightful girl from Cairo.  She loves cooking, painting, swimming and would like to be a surgeon.  This 16 year old ‘A’ student has received a US State Department scholarship to attend high school here starting next fall.  the scholarship provides health insurance, and covers her school fees and personal expenses.

A host can be a single woman, retired couple or any combination family who provides meals, a room, study area,  and shared activities.  This is a chance to make a difference in the life of a young person as you share our America.  Call 503-293-6195, or e-mail for more information.

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