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

The Center of Excellence ROMANIAN IN ACTION (ROACT) offers innovative virtual classes and workshops for children, youth and adults with Romanian background or with an interest to learn Romanian. Our teaching methods are based on the core principles of Heritage Language Education that 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. 

Past events

Romanian Stories, Songs and Poems (ages 7-9)

Romanian Stories, Songs and Poems (ages 7-9)

Instructor

Elizabeta Iliescu

When

Oct. 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM - 27 Jun. 2020 at 12:00 PM

Where

French Immersion School, Room 215

What

The children will explore Romanian short texts, poems, songs, proverbs, riddles, and games, in order to develop a better understanding of their cultural heritage and seasonal traditions. The course provides a fun engaging opportunity to enrich daily vocabulary, strengthen communication skills, and improve Romanian pronunciation and reading competence.
Basic knowledge of Romanian required.

Instruction Days- 2nd Semester (Feb 29 -Jun 27 2020):

  • February 29
  • April 25
  • May  2, 9, 16, 30
  • June 6, 13, 20, 27  

No class:

  • May 23 - Memorial Day 
Romanian Language and Culture (ages 10-13)

Romanian Language and Culture (ages 10-13)

Instructor

Otilia Baraboi

When

Oct. 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM - 27 Jun. 2020 at 12:00 PM

Where

French Immersion School, Room 214

What

Through the use of authentic texts and visual materials (literature, music, film) students will learn about Romanian culture, history and traditions. Romanian language and communication skills will be acquired naturally, through interactive activities. 

Instruction Days- 2nd Semester (Feb 29 -Jun 27 2020):

  • February 29
  • April 25
  • May  2, 9, 16, 30
  • June 6, 13, 20, 27  

No class:

  • May 23 - Memorial Day 
Introduction to Romanian for Non-Heritage Speakers (Age 17+)

Introduction to Romanian for Non-Heritage Speakers (Age 17+)

Instructors

Otilia Baraboi and Ileana Marin

When

March 26, 2020 at 05:00 PM - 04 Jun. 2020 at 06:30 PM

Where

ONLINE

What

This class is destined to non-heritage students who are curious to find out more about Romania, as well as learn basic vocabulary and conversational skills in Romanian. It is perfect for members of mixed families who want to be able to communiacte with their in-laws. 

How: We will use Canvas (for communication, class management, assigments and calendar) and ZOOM (for real time interaction). We will form groups of 3-5 students to facilitate communication via ZOOM. We will schedule a first meeting with the group for which you won't be charged.

How Much: The cost is $375, $25/hour for 10 sessions of  90min each.  You can pay by using pay pal from our secure website (scroll down), or by sending us a check at American Romanian Cultural Society, 1931 E Lynn St, Seattle, WA, 98112. 

Please fill out this SURVEY to express your interest and help us create a class that suits your needs: 

Open Survey

Calendar (subject to change, depending on each group's preference):

Romanian for Beginners (level A1)-Group # 1(Thursdays 5pm-6:30pm):

  • April 2,  9, 16, 23, 30
  • May 7, May 14 

Romanian for Beginners (level A1)-Group # 2 (Wednesdays 5pm-6:30pm):

  • April 8, 15, 22, 29
  • May 6, 13, 20 
Introduction to Romanian for Heritage Speakers (Ages 7+)

Introduction to Romanian for Heritage Speakers (Ages 7+)

Instructors

Otilia Baraboi and Ileana Marin

When

April 6, 2020 at 04:00 PM - 08 Jun. 2020 at 05:00 PM

Where

ONLINE

What

Are you struggling to find an activity for your kids? Now it's the perfect time to start working on their Romanian. It doesn't matter where you live in the US, we can come to you! Initiated in 2016, our program is unique and designed by professionals with 20 years of experience in language teaching.This class is tailored for students of Romanian origin 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 improve their pronunciation, vocabulary, writing and reading skills.

HOW? 
We will use a combination of online platforms such as Class Dojo, google drive and Zoom. We will form several age groups of 5-6 students with a similar background. The class will have 10 sessions of 90min each. The start time and day of instruction can vary, depending on what the group needs.

WHERE? 
You can take the class from anywhere in Washington State or in the US- just fill out the form and we will reach out to you in a few days: https://forms.gle/RcPeiigWV9rSPtPTA

Club Piticot (ages 5-9)-Children's International Day

Club Piticot (ages 5-9)-Children's International Day

Instructors

Elena Constantin and Florina Gușu

When

May 30, 2020 at 03:30 PM - 30 May. 2020 at 05:30 PM

Where

French Immersion School

What

The program supports children in developing communication skills in Romanian and provides a community of friends with a similar cultural heritage. The sessions will explore Romanian seasonal traditions (such as Fall and Christmas traditions, Mărțișor, and Children's International Day), through poems, games, arts and crafts.

Calendar: 

Nov 2, Dec 21, Feb 29, May 30

 

Romanian Language Day/Ziua Limbii Române

Romanian Language Day/Ziua Limbii Române

When

Aug. 31, 2020 at 10:00 AM - 31 Aug. 2020 at 11:00 AM

Where

ONLINE

What

On August 31 we celebrate the 30 million people who speak Romanian in the world. Our Romanian Language and Heritage School ROACT would like to honor this symbolic day as our community's contribution to the cultural diversity of the US. 

We invite all Romanian-speaking children in the US (ages 7-14) to send us an answer in Romanian to the question: 

👉"Why do we speak Romanian?" / "De ce vorbim românește?"

👉email us your answer by August 30 12pm, together with a recent photo: contact@arcsproject.org

👉the raffle will take place on August 31 and the winners will be announced on the same day

Vă mulțumim pentru participare!!! Ii încurajăm mai ales pe copiii din comunitățile din Republica Moldova să ne trimită răspunsurile lor!

Thank you to all the Romanian American organizations who sponsored the prizes or promoted the competition through their communication channels: 

Athentic Society for Language & Romanian Culture

HORA-Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans in Minnesota

Immigration Research Forum

Romanians of D.C. 

Romanian United Fund

Discover the Story of Nanata

Discover the Story of Nanata

When

Oct. 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM - 03 Oct. 2020 at 11:00 AM

Where

facebook streaming

What

Join us for a read-aloud event to discover the story of Nanata, written by Florin Bică and illustrated by Anca Smărăndache. Our guests Cristina Bejan and Gabriela Nenciu will read the English and Romanian versions of the story and will demonstrate how you can start teaching kids about cultural diversity early on. 

Watch us live on Facebook and stay tuned to receive an interactive activity kit based on the book. 

Nanata is the second children’s book of the New Storytellers, a diverse books project focused on the Roma community, initiated by Cu Alte Cuvinte/In Other Words ( https://www.cualtecuvinte.com/). Founded by Gabriela Nenciu, Cu Alte Cuvinte is a Romanian NGO that implements literacy and anti-bias projects. Their mission is to help kids become passionate readers who think on their feet and stand up for what they believe in. 

Cristina A. Bejan is a Romanian-American poet, theatre artist, and educator living in Denver, Colorado. She writes history books, plays, and spoken word poetry (which she performs under her stage name Lady Godiva). Her debut poetry collection "Green Horses on the Walls" was released this summer. She founded the arts group Bucharest Inside the Beltway with artist Rucsandra Pop in Washington DC 2013, and since then they have had a full award-winning cultural program promoting local and international arts. 

Cristina is passionate about education and inspired by the words of Nelson Mandela: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." 

Please visit cristinaabejan.com, Cristina A. Bejan(Facebook), @CristinaABejan (Twitter) and Bucharest Inside the Beltway on Facebook (@bibdenver) and Instagram (@bucharestinsidethebeltway).

Check our Romanian language and culture online classes, ages 4-18: 
https://www.arcsproject.org/.../the-center-of-excellence.../ 

 

Romanian in High School / "Româna la Liceu" (ages 14-16)

Romanian in High School / "Româna la Liceu" (ages 14-16)

Instructor

Ileana Marin

When

Oct. 12, 2020 at 05:00 PM - 22 Jan. 2021 at 06:30 PM

Where

Online

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 to help them earn high school credits for their heritage language, and ensure their admission to highly-ranked universities in the US.

Intensive Romanian (12 sessions, October 12- Jan 22). The courses target students of Romanian heritage in an English language context and prepare them for the ALTA exam. Our method combines reading comprehension and grammar with interactive and project-based methods.

Groups of 4-5 students / 90 min, weekly

Weekly Calendar: 

Oct 16, 23, 30

Nov 6, 13, 20

Dec 4, 11, 18

Jan 8, 15, 22

Thanksgiving Break:

November 20-29

Christmas Break:

December 21- Jan 4

Write Your Own Story (ages 10-14)

Write Your Own Story (ages 10-14)

Instructor

Ileana Marin

When

Oct. 12, 2020 at 05:30 PM - 05 Feb. 2021 at 06:30 PM

Where

Online

What

This course is designed for students who want to write engaging stories and acquire the necessary skills. Students will learn to create heroes and heroines, design conflicts and solutions, and imagine settings for their stories. We will also look at a couple of famous age-appropriate short stories in order to understand the structure of the narrative and master authentic dialogues. We hope to have some publishable texts at the end of the course. 

Class conducted in English

Groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly

Time: Afternoons (exact time to be arranged according to students' and parents' schedule) 

Weekly Calendar: 

Weeks  of Oct 12, 19, 26

Weeks of  Nov 2, 9, 30

Week of Dec 7, Dec 14

Weeks of Jan 11, 18, 25

Week of Feb 1

Thanksgiving Break:

November 16-29

Christmas Break:

December 21- Jan 4

Read, Play, Make Art with Book Illustrator Oana Ispir

Read, Play, Make Art with Book Illustrator Oana Ispir

When

Dec. 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM - 19 Dec. 2020 at 11:00 AM

Where

online

What

Join us for another fun event with our partners Cu Alte Cuvinte/ In Other Words, and our special guest, book illustrator Oana Ispir. 

We will read "Pe Scări În Sus", a book project by Cu Alte Cuvinte, illustrated by Oana Ispir, and will learn a few drawing tricks from the artist. Come prepared with paper and many colorful pencils!

Register HERE