Are you interested in stimulating your children's creativity, nourish their bilingual background and improve their chances for admission into the best universities in the US?

The Center of Excellence ROMANIAN IN ACTION (ROACT) offers innovative, interactive classes and workshops for children and youth with Romanian background. Regardless of your child's knowledge of Romanian, we use immersion language pedagogies and adjust our instructional strategies to their particular learning needs and potential. Our courses lay the foundation for The Romanian in High School Program and the ALTA Exam Preparation Course that will help students earn high school credits for their heritage language, and ensure their admission to highly-ranked universities in the US.

The Center of Excellence operates weekly, on Saturdays, except for legal and academic holidays. All programs follow the structure of the Seattle public school year with 2 semesters. Classes take place at the French Immersion School (ages 7-13) or on the University of Washington Campus (ages 14-16)- there are NO CLASSES for Romanian in High School in the Spring Semester. Please inquire about the Fall Semester 2020.

Reserve a spot and register your child TODAY. We need your input in order to form the groups that best fit to your children's needs.

Register for Romanian in Action - Spring 2020 (ages 7-14)

Register for Club Piticot Feb-May 2020 (ages 4-9)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We are always in need for extra helping hands in our classrooms. Please fill out the form if you would like to join our team of volunteers. Thank you for your interest!

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Romanian Language and Culture (ages 10-13)

Instructor

Otilia Baraboi

When

Oct. 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM - 13 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- 1st Semester (Oct 12 2019- Feb 1 2020):

  • October 12, 19, 26
  • November 2, 9, 23
  • December 7, 14, 21
  • January 11, 18, 25
  • February 1

No class:

  • Nov 16 – Romanian Film Festival
  • Nov 30- Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 28, Jan 4 – Christmas/Winter Break

Instruction Days- 2nd Semester (Feb 29 -Jun 13 2020):

  • February 29
  • March 7, 14, 21
  • April 4,  26
  • May  2, 9, 16, 30
  • June 6, 13  

No class:

  • March 28- Open House French Immersion School
  • April 11-18- Spring Break
  • May 23 - Memorial Day 
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Romanian Stories, Songs and Poems (ages 7-9)

Instructor

Elizabeta Iliescu

When

Oct. 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM - 13 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- 1st Semester (Oct 12 2019- Feb 1 2020):

  • October 12, 19, 26
  • November 2, 9, 23
  • December 7, 14, 21
  • January 11, 18, 25
  • February 1

No class:

  • Nov 16 – Romanian Film Festival
  • Nov 30- Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 28, Jan 4 – Christmas/Winter Break

Instruction Days- 2nd Semester (Feb 29 -Jun 13 2020):

  • February 29
  • March 7, 14, 21
  • April 4,  26
  • May  2, 9, 16, 30
  • June 6, 13  

No class:

  • March 28- Open House French Immersion School
  • April 11-18- Spring Break
  • May 23 - Memorial Day 
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Club Piticot (ages 5-9)

Instructors

Elena Constantin and Florina Gușu

When

Nov. 2, 2019 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, Easter and Children's International Day), through poems, games, arts and crafts.

Calendar: 

Nov 2, Dec 21, Feb 29, Apr 11, May 30

 

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Introduction to Romanian Language ( youth 9 + and adults 17 +)

Instructors

Otilia Baraboi and Ileana Marin

When

March 5, 2020 at 05:30 PM - 04 Jun. 2020 at 06:30 PM

Where

Online or TBD

What

This class is destined to 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. 

This class is also suitable for students with a diverse cultural background who want to learn Romanian. Depending on the number of students, their level of Romanian and their age, we will from 2 groups and adjust our teaching methods to their particular learning needs and interests. 

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

Open Survey

Instruction Days (Tentative)  Spring Semester (Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm, March 5 - Jun 4 2020):

  • March 5, 12, 19, 26
  • April 2,  9, 30
  • May  7, 14, 21, 28
  • June 4  

 

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

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When

Sept. 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM - 09 Jan. 2021 at 12:00 PM

Where

UW Campus, Communications Building, second floor, room 226

What

Unique in the US, the program "Româna la Liceu", launched in 2016 with great success. It includes two courses: Intensive Romanian (6 sessions, October - January) and Standard Romanian (14 sessions, September - May).
The courses target students of Romanian heritage in an English language context. The teaching combines reading comprehension and grammar with interactive and project-based methods.

Instruction Days- TO BE DETERMINED

Introduction to Romanian Language (Online Course)
Introduction to Romanian Language ( youth 9 + and adults 17 +) pay by March 5 $240

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Romanian in Action-Center of Excellence- 2nd semester 2020

For students between ages 7-13, the full tuition cost for the 2nd semester of classes at ROACT (hosted at the French Immersion School in Bellevue) is  $480 for 12 sessions of 2 hours EACH  ( Feb 29 2019 – Jun 13 2020). We do not charge any extra fee for the days when our classes do not meet. The cost will cover only partially our rent, classroom materials and instructors' salaries.

We strongly believe in heritage language education. In an attempt to become accessible to all children from our community, we offer competitive tuition prices. Please consider  donating to our school  to help us cover our expenses, develop our programs and offer more scholarships to those in need. Thank you!

If you need financial aid, please contact Otilia Baraboi at otilia.baraboi@arcsproject.org. We offer up to 3 scholarships per course, based on a letter of intent explaining your family’s situation. Thank you!

1st child tuition payment 3 installments of $160, by Feb 29, Apr 4 and Jun 6 2020 $160

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1st child (discounted total) 12 weeks pay by Feb 29 2020 $460

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2nd child (discounted total) 12 weeks pay by Feb 29 2020 $384

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2nd child tuition payment 3 installments of $160 pay by Feb 29, Apr 4 and Jun 6 $128

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2nd child - 6 sessions (discounted) pay by Feb 29 2020 $205

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1st child - 6 sessions pay by Feb 29 2020 $240

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Club Piticot
1 session $20

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2nd child (discounted) 1 session 2nd child (discounted) 1 session $10

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Otilia Baraboi

otilia.baraboi@arcsproject.org

Before coming to the US in 2000, Otilia was actively involved in the cultural life of her hometown, Iasi. In Romania, she worked as a literary journalist and published short-fiction, translations and articles. She holds university degrees in French and English literatures from Romania, Switzerland, and the US. She wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on Cioran’s untranslatability at the University of Washington, where she taught French language and literature for 17 years, and where she is currently teaching a course on Romanian literature and film, together with her colleague from ARCS, Ileana Marin. In 2013, she co-founded ARCS and was President of the Board for five years before accepting the challenge to become ARCS’ firstExecutive Director. For Otilia, ARCS has been a wonderful opportunity to remain connected with the vibrant culture of her birthplace, while contributing to the artistic and cultural vitality of the Northwest. As ARCS' Executive Director, Otilia’s priorities are to create sustainable, community-building programs and partnerships, manage and secure funds, as well as develop ARCS' brand identity in accordance with its mission and values. Most of all, Otilia hopes that her work will have a direct, long-lasting impact on the ways in which future generations of the Romanian diaspora will define, celebrate and pass on their heritage.

Ileana Marin

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. 

Elizabeta Iliescu

elizabeta.iliescu@arcsproject.org

Elizabeta Iliescu was born in Northern Romania where she grew up very attached to her grandparents. After high school, she moved to Bucharest where she studied physics and worked for an insurance company. She moved to the US with her family in 2008. The love of being around children made her look for opportunities to work with them. She has an AAS-T Certificate in Early Childhood Careers, a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, and she is a Washington state certified middle school math teacher.  Elizabeta volunteered and worked in various early childhood education programs and is currently working with Bellevue School District as a teacher substitute. She is also collaborating with Bellevue Library for the program Romanian Story Times / Poveşti româneşti.