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.

We also started to offer Romanian Language Classes ONLINE, for heritage and non-heritage speakers. Please scroll down to find out more about aour classes.

CORONA VIRUS ALERT!!!!

The Center of Excellence has suspended its activity till April 25 or untill further notice from the WA State officials. The instructors will keep on communicating with the students and explore learning possibilities online. If you are interested in learning Romanian with us online, please contact us at contact@arcsproject.org or fill out this survey: 

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We hope our community will overcome these difficult times as soon as possible. STAY HEALTHY and protect the most vulnerable of us by keeping your social distance. 

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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 

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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 

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Mate cu Elis /Math with Elis (Tutoring)

Instructor

Elizabeta Iliescu

When

March 23, 2020 at 12:00 PM - 15 Jun. 2020 at 12:00 PM

Where

ONLINE

What

If your child needs help to understand math concepts, her/his with homework, or likes to solve challenging problems and wants to learn more, now we offer one-on-one online math tutoring (elementary/middle school level). The sessions are 60 min long, once a week, following BSD's calendar. The instructor is a Washington state certified middle school math teacher and the instruction can be in English, Romanian, or both. The schedule is to be decided with each student. 

How much? 

$35/session; $420/12 sessions, 1 hour each session

The payment will be made after the first session, which will be a trial to see if online instruction is a fit for the student. If it is not, then you will not be charged for it. 

Please REGISTER here: 

Registration

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Dacă copilul dumneavoastră are nevoie de ajutor la matematică sau dacă ar vrea să învețe mai mult, vă oferim clase one-on-one online de matematică pentru clasele elementare și de gimnaziu. O ședință durează 60 de minute, acestea fiind opțiunile oferite: 

  1. Lecții săptămânale, urmând calendarul anului școlar al districtului din Bellevue,
  2. Două lecții pe săptămână, urmând calendarul anului școlar al districtului din Bellevue,  
  3. Număr redus de lecții, doar atunci când copilul are nevoie de ajutor suplimentar pentru un anumit topic.

Intructorul este profesor de matematică pentru gimnaziu, certificat de statul WA. Ședințele pot fi în limba română, engleză, sau amândouă.

Cost: $35/sesiune; $420/12 sesiuni, 1 oră fiecare.

Pentru cei ce optează pentru varianta 1 sau 2, plata se va face după prima sesiune pentru a vedea dacă clasele online se potrivesc stilului de învățare al copilului dumneavoastră. Această primă sesiune va fi gratuită dacă veți considera că nu este conform așteptărilor dvs.  

Vă rugăm să completați FORMULAR de înscriere de mai sus pentru a ne ajuta să adaptăm cursul nevoilor dvs. 

 


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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 

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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


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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

 


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

Instructors

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


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

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


with PayPal
1st child (discounted total) 12 weeks

pay by Feb 29 2020


$460


with PayPal
2nd child (discounted total) 12 weeks

pay by Feb 29 2020


$384


with PayPal
2nd child - 6 sessions (discounted)

pay by Feb 29 2020


$205


with PayPal
1st child - 6 sessions

pay by Feb 29 2020


$240


with PayPal
Club Piticot
1 session

$20


with PayPal
2nd child (discounted) 1 session

2nd child (discounted) 1 session


$10


with PayPal
Introduction to Romanian Language (Online Course)
Introduction to Romanian Language (Adults 17+)

10 sessions/90min, discounted till April 4th


$350


with PayPal
Tutoring - Mate cu Elis/Math with Elis
Mate cu Elis/Math with Elis

1 hour session


$35


with PayPal
Mate cu Elis/Math with Elis

12 sessions/1 hour each - discounted


$400


with PayPal
Mate cu Elis/Math with Elis (2nd child, 1hour)

$30


with PayPal
Mate cu Elis (2nd child, 12 sessions, discounted)

$340


with PayPal
Mate cu Elis/Math with Elis

4 sessions/1h each- pay by Apr 3, May 1, Jun 5


$140


with PayPal
2nd child, 4 sessions/1h each

pay by Apr 3, May 1, Jun 5


$120


with PayPal

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.

 

ARCS Summer Program - Romanian in the Sky and Outer Space

When

Aug. 3 2021 09:00 AM
-
Aug. 21 2021 03:00 PM

Where

University of Washington, Seattle
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