Teaching the arabic alphabet to kindergarteners: Writing activities on paper and surface computers

Pantelis M. Papadopoulos, Zeinab Ibrahim, Andreas Karatsolis

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Abstract

This paper presents initial results regarding writing activities in the context of the ALADDIN project. The goal of the project is to teach Modern Standard Arabic in 5-year-old kindergarten students in Qatar. A total of 18 students, enrolled in the 'Arabic Class', participated for 9 weeks in the activities of the project. All students were native speakers of the Qatari dialect. Learning activities involved both typical instructional methods, and the use of specifically designed tools for tabletop surface computers. The paper focuses on writing activities and on how the affordances of surface computers affected students' performance and attitude towards the Arabic class and, consequently, the Arabic language.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSEDU 2014 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
PublisherSCITEPRESS
Pages433-439
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9789897580208
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2014 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 1 Apr 20143 Apr 2014
Conference number: 6
http://www.csedu.org/?y=2014

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2014
Abbreviated titleCSEDU 2014
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period1/04/143/04/14
Internet address

Keywords

  • Arabic language learning
  • Early childhood education
  • Tabletop surface computers
  • Writing

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