Are you interested in stimulating your children's creativity, nourish their bicultural and bilingual heritage?  

Our Romanian Heritage Language School offers innovative virtual classes and workshops for children, youth and adults with Romanian background or with an interest to learn Romanian, nationwide. Our teaching methods are based on the core principles of Heritage Language Education to nourish bilingualism and address holisitically the bi-cultural identity of our students through project-based activities, play, authentic sources, critical thinking, and meaningful interactions with their families and communities. Our students gain pride and confidence as heritage language speakers and learners of Romanian, while developing a global understanding of the world.

We are the first Romanian secular community-based school to have developed a teaching curriculum according to the priciples of HERITAGE EDUCATION, since 2016.

Our current students come from numerous regions in the US. We can accommodate to various time zones and have demonstrated experience teaching multiple levels and age groups. 

REGISTRATION is now OPEN  for ages 6+. Please REGISTER HERE. We will contact you to schedule a brief language evaluation. 

We offer scholarships to families in need. Please contact Ileana Marin at ileana.marin@arcsproject.org if you would like to be considered. 

Most of our courses cost 25$/hour, 250 for 10 sessions in the winter quarter 2023. Please scroll down to chose the payment option right for you. Thank you.

We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Winter Quarter: January 9 - March 24

  • Mid-winter break: February 20-24

Spring Quarter: April 3 - June 16

  • Spring break: April 10-14

Ongoing events

Global Competence Certificate for Romanian Heritage Speakers

Global Competence Certificate for Romanian Heritage Speakers

Instructors

When

Oct. 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 22 Jun. 2023 at 06:00 PM

What

This program is free for WA state public high school heritage speakers of Romanian. The students need to have intermediate knowledge of Romanian. 

The project-based curriculum will integrate content and functional language (such as writing or presenting summaries, narratives, descriptions, etc.) through synchronous interactive classes through Zoom and with online videos. Engaging, culturally and developmentally appropriate activities will be offered in a flexible way so that students’ learning experiences are personalized to their needs and interests. Over the year, the students would be developing evidence (in the Heritage Language) for their Global Competence Certificate in the areas of Global LearningInternational Engagement, and Language and Intercultural Learning. Resources from this program will be open to teachers, schools, students, and families throughout the state and adaptable to other languages and cultures.

The project will support the students to develop their language proficiency and literacy in their Heritage Language culminating in ALTA testing, while also preparing a portfolio for the Global Competence Certificate in the Heritage Language (and English too, if they like) through the World Affairs Council in Seattle.

To learn more click here.

Romanian Heroes / Eroi Români (ages 6-9)

Romanian Heroes / Eroi Români (ages 6-9)

Instructors

When

Jan. 9, 2023 at 12:00 PM - 24 Mar. 2023 at 06:00 PM

What

This class aims to help students explore and fully embrace their Romanian identity. They will learn about human relations and emotions through the study of Romanian legedary characters, illustrous historic figures, as well as contemporary stars. We will use fun engaging methodologies to enrich their daily vocabulary, strengthen communication skills, improve pronunciation and reading competence through short texts, poems, songs, proverbs, riddles, and games. The students will intearact with real Romanian role models that they will discover throughout the semester. Basic knowledge of Romanian required; groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly.

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 250 (25$/h)- please scroll down for payment options. 

Time: To Be Determined - We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Improve Your Writing, Reading and Speaking Skills (ages 6+)

Improve Your Writing, Reading and Speaking Skills (ages 6+)

Instructors

When

Jan. 9, 2023 at 12:00 PM - 24 Mar. 2023 at 06:00 PM

What

In this course, students will read intriguing texts on the world’s inexplicable mysteries such as pyramids, ghost apparitions, huge marine monsters, heroes with superpowers, UFOs, and many others. Since each text is accompanied by a recording and a dossier of activities, students will have the opportunity to further practice writing and speaking in Romanian while trying to offer explanations to the mysteries they have read about. For this class, students will keep a vocabulary journal and will write their own short texts or blog entries. Whenever possible, we will meet specialists in world history and science to interview them and work on more formal conversation skills. Groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly. 

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 250 (25$/h) - please scroll down for payment options.

Time: To Be Determined - We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Romanian Explorers/Exploratori Români (ages 10-13)

Romanian Explorers/Exploratori Români (ages 10-13)

Instructors

When

Jan. 9, 2023 at 12:00 PM - 24 Mar. 2023 at 06:00 PM

What

This class aims to help students explore and embrace their Romanian identity and heritage. They will discover Romanian illustrous figures and find inspiration in their pioneer spirit, courage and tenacity.  The students will interact with real Romanian role models while developing a global perspective of their place into the world as bilingual and bicultural citizens.  Basic knowledge of Romanian required. Groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly sessions

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 250 (25$/h)- please scroll down for payment options. 

Time: To Be Determined -We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Introduction To Romanian (All ages)

Introduction To Romanian (All ages)

Instructors

When

Jan. 9, 2023 at 12:00 PM - 24 Mar. 2023 at 06:00 PM

What

This class is tailored for students of Romanian origin nationwide who do not understand, nor speak the language, but who have been exposed to Romanian culture and are curious to find out more about their heritage. They will learn basic conversational skills in Romanian and will develop their pronunciation, vocabulary, writing and reading knowledge.They will gain confidence and will be able to connect with their Romanian family in meaningful ways.  No knowledge of Romanian required. Groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly.

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 250 (25$/h) - please scroll down for payment options.

Time: To Be Determined -We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Romanian History: Part I

Romanian History: Part I

Instructors

When

Jan. 9, 2023 at 12:00 PM - 24 Mar. 2023 at 06:00 PM

What

Romanian History: Part I, (3 quarters): This class is designed for students who want to learn about Romanian history, including major personalities who steered the destiny of Romanians and their neighbors. Continuing the exploration of cultural identity and heritage through history, students will enlarge their vocabulary and expand their reading, listening, and writing skills. Conceived as a three-quarter class, we will go over crucial events starting with the Roman-Dacian wars, the formation of the Romanian provinces, and pursuing iconic leaders from Mircea the Elder, Vlad the Impaler, and Stephan to Alexandru Ioan Cuza and Carol I. The students will be engaged in attractive projects that will help them discover who their ancestors were and how they earned their place in European history.

Novice to Intermediate knowledge of Romanian is required. Groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly sessions

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 250 (25$/h)- please scroll down for payment options. 

Time: To Be Determined - We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Romanian History: Part II

Romanian History: Part II

Instructors

When

Jan. 9, 2023 at 12:00 PM - 24 Mar. 2023 at 06:00 PM

What

Romanian History, Part II (2 quarters): This class is designed for students who took the Romanian History class - part 1 and want to continue learning about Romanian history. Part 2 is dedicated to the twentieth century events: Great Union, WWI, WWII, communism, and post-communism. Continuing the exploration of modern and contemporary cultural identity, students will expand their vocabulary, as well as their reading, listening, and writing skills. Conceived as a two-quarter class, we will focus on Romanian monarchs Carol I, Ferdinand, Carol II, and Mihai. We will also examine the contribution of Romanian Queens – Elizabeth and Marie – to Romanian arts and civic life. The students will be engaged in attractive projects that will help them discover their roots and how they grandparents and parents survived the challenges of history.

Intermediate knowledge of Romanian is required. Groups of 4-5 students/ 60 min, weekly sessions.

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 250 (25$/h)- please scroll down for payment options. 

Time: To Be Determined - We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Româna la Liceu / Romanian in High School (ages 14-17)

Româna la Liceu / Romanian in High School (ages 14-17)

Instructors

When

Jan. 9, 2023 at 12:00 PM - 24 Mar. 2023 at 06:00 PM

What

Unique in the US, the program "Româna la Liceu", launched in 2016 with great success. This program is addressed to students from WA State, and nationwide, to help them earn high school credits for their heritage language by taking the ALTA Exam, and possibly the Global Seal of Biliteracy. These diplomas will help with their admission process to highly-ranked universities in the US. Our method combines reading comprehension and grammar with interactive communicative methods. Groups of 4-5 students / 90 min, weekly. This class is for one trimester only.

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 375 (25$/h)- please scroll down for payment options. 

Time: To Be Determined-We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability.  

Payment options

Romanian Heritage School Winter 2023
New Student - 10 weeks

$250


with PayPal
Returning Student - 10 weeks

15% off discount for students who took at least 3 classes prior.


$212


with PayPal
Româna la liceu/ Romanian in High School (90 min sessions)

$375


with PayPal

Instructors

Ileana Marin, Ph.D.

ileana.marin@arcsproject.org

Ileana Marin teaches interdisciplinary courses at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the Center of Excellence in Image Studies at the University of Bucharest. Her long-standing academic career on both sides of the ocean has given her the opportunity to establish contacts between Romanian and American scholars, artists, and institutions. She, thus, initiated the first UW Exploration Seminar to Romania, and to Eastern Europe, and opened the fund for Romanian Studies, hoping that Romanian language will be taught regularly in Seattle. With a BA in Romanian and a PhD. in Comparative Literature from the University of Bucharest (2000), and one in Textual Studies from the UW (2011), Ileana is a strong believer in the power of education and bilingualism. In ARCS, she advocates the expansion of the Romanian language programs in the US and for disseminating the most recent Romanian cultural achievements. On her agenda as president, Ileana Marin has two major tasks: board development and recruitment to ensure the successful implementation of ARCS mission through meaningful programs. 

Elena Constantin

When she was little, Elena told her mother that she would continue reading children's stories when she grew up. Her mother would laugh and tell her that eventually she would change her mind.

Elena grew up, and she is still interested in children's literature and also child development. She taught high school in Bucharest, Romania. In the Seattle area, she was a presenter for the public library's World Language Story Time program, and volunteered for ARCS Seattle for their programs for children. 

Elena understands the challenges and the effort it takes for children with Romanian heritage living outside Romania to learn and speak Romanian. She has heard more than once from adults with Romanian ancestry, that they wish they had learned or spoken more Romanian. She believes the time and effort it takes children to improve their heritage language is an investment into their future, and their ability to navigate who they are in the world.

Luciana Lallaizon

I joined ARCS Detroit because our cultural heritage is at the core of my identity. I am happy to share our language and culture with anyone who is open to learning. I am a professional educator with 20+ years experience in teaching (French), curriculum development, experiential education and international programs. I was born and I grew up in Transylvania, the central part of Romania (Mediaş, Sibiu), then I moved to Cluj-Napoca for College and later I became an educator. I have lived in the USA for 16+ years. Together with my spouse, who is French, we are raising a trilingual child. I am grateful that ARCS exists, so that we can stay connected as a community of culture.