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NaTakallam Scholarship

NaTakallam (“we speak” in Arabic) is an award-winning social enterprise that offers language tutoring & intercultural exchange as well as translation services, delivered by displaced persons & refugees.

Forcibly displaced people face linguistic, cultural and legal barriers to finding employment, which is a tremendous waste of human capital. NaTakallam leverages the global gig economy and accessible technology to transcend borders and create income opportunities. NaTakallam offers affordable and flexible language practice with native speakers that can be tailored to users’ needs and interests, as well as translation and interpretation services. On the other end, refugees gain a dignifying source of income, enabling them to pursue their interests and participate meaningfully in the digital and local economy, all while fostering global intercultural exchange and raising awareness on the refugee crisis.

NaTakallam’s courses are tailored to individual needs. The NaTakallam scholarship offers one (1) recipient ten one-on-one sessions with an Arabic conversation partner and one (1) recipient one virtual group session with an Arabic conversation partner. Sessions must be used by August 15th, 2020.  

To be eligible an applicant must be:

  • Current ACTFL member (membership must be paid through March 2020 to be eligible)
  • Currently teaching at the K-12 level (no post-secondary applicants)
  • Evidence of need/desire for study
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of interest and motivation for the course of study offered
  • Able to show institutional support through a letter of recommendation
  • Have video conferencing ability (access to a computer and webcam)
  • For the Arabic scholarship, applicants must be a current Arabic teacher or teachers wishing to introduce their students to the Arabic language while learning about issues related to the refugee crisis and Middle East culture.

ACTFL has the right to provide your name and contact information to the scholarship provider.

Additional Information about NaTakallam:

Please note: you must be logged in and an ACTFL member to access the application form, please contact if you cannot remember your login information.

Two letters of support must be submitted on your behalf. Please share the link below with a colleague or supervisor to complete by the application deadline.


Application Form     Recommendation Form


The deadline to apply for this award is February 28. 2020. Applicants will be notified of a decision by the end of March 2020.

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The programs described on this page are provided solely for the information of ACTFL members. These are not ACTFL programs, and they have not been subjected to any review or vetting by ACTFL. Their presence here does not constitute an endorsement by ACTFL. One can apply for multiple scholarships. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Previous winners of a scholarship are not eligible to apply for the same scholarship.