ARABIC CAMP STRUCTURE: What Will the kids do?

The ISI Language Summer Camp blends a variety of instructional and recreational activities to engage children of all ages. Each Arabic camp day includes at least two daily lessons on key words and phrases, dialogue practice, and exposure to traditional music, folklore and literary stories. Rotating camp themes and hands-on activities include family, food, dance, music, movies, books, history, fashion, jobs, sports, hobbies, holidays, environment, geography, general lifestyle and more. Following are sample camp structures for each age group:

Pre-K-Grade 2

Grades 3-5



The Arabic immersion component of the ISI Language Summer Camp will be led by faculty from the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. Following are bios for the camp's instructors:

Pre-K to Grade 2: Amani K. Gashan

Amani K. Gashan is a Ph.D. candidate in Literacy, Culture and Language Education, with minors in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and Instructional Systems Technology, at Indiana University-Bloomington. Fluent in English and a native Arabic speaker, Gashan speaks the standard Fusha, as well as several Arabic dialects. She is a teaching assistant and an Arabic conversational instructor for the Arabic Flagship Program at IU. She earned her master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2015), and her bachelor’s in Language Education from Hadhramout University in Hadhramout, Yemen (2006). Her work on teaching principles has been published in nearly a dozen publications, and she has presented at conferences in the U.S., Belgium, Cyprus and Turkey.

Gashan’s research interests focus on heritage language maintenance, Arabic teaching and learning, and integrating technology into classrooms. Her approach to teaching centers on embracing inclusivity, promoting ownership of learning, creating collaborative learning spaces, consistently assessing students’ learning, and actively reflecting on teaching and learning processes.



Kelsey Schmidt is a senior at Indiana University studying Economics with a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. She has studied Arabic as a third language for the past 4 years and is currently planning to travel to Meknes, Morocco in August to study and complete a local internship.

Kelsey has been an active member of the Arabic Flagship program at IU for 3 years and tutored first-year students for the past year. She also taught Spanish at the immersive Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota for the summer of 2019. Kelsey is very excited to share her love of languages and learning about other cultures with Pre-K-Grade 2 campers!

Grades 3 to 5: Ebrahim Bamanger

Ebrahim Bamanger is a doctoral candidate in Literacy, Culture and Language Education, with minors in Arabic linguistics and Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University-Bloomington. A native Arabic speaker, Bamanger is an assistant teacher at IU’s School of Education and a conversational instructor and tutor for the Arabic Flagship Program at IU. He speaks Yemeni/Gulf and Egyptian dialects, in addition to Modern Standard Arabic. He earned his master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2013), and his bachelor’s in Language Education from Hadhramout University in Hadhramout, Yemen (2006). Fluent in English, Ebrahim has been teaching languages in high schools and colleges for more than 15 years in the U.S. and Yemen.

His work has been published in several publications, and he has presented at conferences in the U.S., Belgium, Cyprus and Turkey. His research interests focus on exploring the integration of innovative technologies in enhancing language learning and methods of teaching Arabic as a second language across diverse cultures. His views on teaching center on growth in skill and knowledge by enabling learners to use the language to achieve real communicative purposes within the language culture.

Grades 6 to 12: Mohammed Al-Ameri

Mohammed Al-Ameri is a Ph.D. student in Middle Eastern Language and Cultures at Indiana University-Bloomington. For the past three years, Al-Ameri has been an Arabic instructor at IU, and he has worked in several other language education capacities, including Teacher’s Workshop Presenter, Associate Instructor and Summer Language Workshop Instructor. He earned his master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language and Linguistics from Indiana State University in Terre Haute (2015), and his bachelor’s in English Language and Literature from Damascus University in Damascus, Syria (2010).

Fluent in English, Al-Ameri has lived in several countries in the Middle East, and he has taught Arabic to non-native speakers for many years. He prefers to teach Arabic in a communicative way, utilizing students’ full capacity with modern, engaging topics.


What: Language Summer Camp, Pre-K through grade 12, a partnership between the International School of Indiana and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies
When: The Arabic and Mandarin sessions run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 to 25. The Portuguese session (Pre-K to Grade 2 only) runs same times June 21 to July 2.
Where: Blackwell Building, International School of Indiana, 4330 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46208
Cost: $300 per week (lunch not included). Participants should bring food, drinks, snacks and a face mask.
Flexible options: Not sure which language to select? Try them all! Participants can sign up for one, two or all three languages.
No language experience required: The camp is designed for beginner-level students to ensure everyone has a great experience. Lesson content is unique each week and does not repeat.

ABOUT the international school of indiana

Founded in 1994 by state leaders, International School of Indiana is the only school in central Indiana offering all enrolled students, age three to grade 12, access to certified full-continuum International Baccalaureate (IB) programming and language immersion opportunities in three languages. ISI has nearly 525 students and is known for its distinctive education. Over the school’s 27-year history, 16 graduating classes totaling more than 400 graduates have left the school prepared to be responsible citizens and effective leaders in a rapidly growing globalizing and interdependent world.

About THE hamilton lugar school

The Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University is a global leader in the study of international affairs and the strategic languages and cultures that shape the world. Named for revered Hoosier statesmen and foreign policy voices, former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton and the late former Sen. Richard G. Lugar, the school is committed to educating global leaders who celebrate differences and seek shared understanding.

CAMP Questions?

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