I established this website to promote education, help students in my community learning the Arabic language as a second language and to post our community cultural activities online.. Serving my community, immigrants, schools, universities, professionals, researchers and others who are interested in learning Arabic and studying Arabic and Islamic cultures.
STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) announced by former President Bush in January of 2006. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US. Other programs under the NSLI umbrella include Title VI/Fulbright Hays programs of the US Department of Education, The National Security Education program of the National Defense University, and study abroad and exchange programs of the US Department of State. (http://startalk.umd.edu/about)