A U.S. Department of State initiative allowed Alshimaa Nofal and nine other Arabic speakers to visit the U.S. and teach their native tongue to American students. The effort is called the Teachers of Critical Languages Program, and it also supports the teaching of Chinese. Nofal, an Egyptian, works with seventh to 12th grade students at Southern Lehigh High School in the Allentown, Pa., area. The district there has long supported devoting resources to teaching foreign languages.
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