'Arabiyyatii: An innovative technology-based curriculum for teaching arabic to native speakers

Zeinab Ibrahim*, Pantelis Papadopoulos, Andreas Karatsolis

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Abstract

This chapter presents an original research that aims to provide a path towards addressing a long-standing problem in the teaching of the Arabic language to native speakers. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this research focused on the development of technology-based curriculum for the teaching of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) to 5 to 6-year-old (kindergarteners) Arabic native speakers. Utilizing the affordances of tabletop touch screen surface technology, the chapter reports on the development of a framework for language instruction based on combining three innovative approaches: student-centered curriculum based on storytelling, physical classroom reconfiguration, and interactive software centered on multiplayer, collaborative games. Following the deployment of the new pedagogy into a pre-elementary school language-learning curriculum, it also reports on the significant changes in attitudes toward MSA by students, as well as the learning gains they experienced over the course of a semester. Finally, modifications and improvements that resulted from the outcomes of the actual experiment are reported.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook for Arabic Language Teaching Professionals in the 21st Century
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis
Pages199-215
Number of pages17
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9781315676111
ISBN (Print)9781138934764
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

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