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Like many active language educators, I find that I attend, present, give talks and workshops in conferences that target our area of expertise multiple times in the academic year. And as such, I have come to learn that each conference is but an opportunity to learn from and engage with fellow language educators. I have … Continue reading Learning and Growing; Conference Reflections.
About the series: A seven-book series written in MSA targeting improving the reading comprehension. The series targets beginner, intermediate as well as advanced levels. It is designed according to the standards of the American Council for Foreign Language Teaching (ACTFL). Each book includes, in addition to the original text, audio recording, vocabulary, and drills targeting … Continue reading Book Signing
Brings me great joy to accept the invitation that I get from NYATC to preset. Presentation abstract: Grammar is an integral part of the composition of any language and so is teaching it. And as such, experienced and new language educators alike share the desire of teaching grammar in the most effective way possible while … Continue reading Teaching Grammar; Engaging the Learners
Having worked with VoiceThread and completed two of their certification courses, I was happy to share my experience in designing VoiceThread activities based on recent research findings. Read full article here
I am honored to publish my first article in the official blog of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic! Read full article here.
When I was invited to speak to the new cohort the Distance Language Teaching and Learning Program, I knew it was going to be exciting and fun at the same time. And indeed, it was. I walked in on the group finishing a hands-on activity in which they had to remotely collaborate with a partner … Continue reading Speaking to Participants in the Distance Language Teaching and Learning Program 2020
Arabic Music and history is one of the themes that we are studying this semester in both of the advanced classes that I am teaching this semester (ARBC 151 and ARBC 176). Therefore, I was more than happy to contribute to a YDN article that focused on the performance of the iconic Iraqi Maqam on … Continue reading Iraqi Maqam performed on Yale Campus.
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A description and a recommendation of my book series was features on Arabic k -12 Teachers Network. Here is what they had to say about it: “With Reading We Excel” book series in MSA This series is great to use as supplementary reading material, especially if you want your students to do some independent reading … Continue reading Book Series Featured in Arabic K -12 Teachers Network
Intermediate Arabic I (ARBC 130) created short stories for their peers to be used as reading materials in coming years. This project was an attempt to remedy one aspect of the current text book where students struggle to comprehend 50% of the reading material found in this book. Hence their project centered around creating reading material that fits the criteria of comprehensible input theory by Krashen. To this end they received basic instruction of what this theory was, the basic effect and benefits of using visuals and audio recording in story telling for second language learners, as well as the importance of the proper inclusion of culture and cultural themes and aspects in these stories. They were paired with native speakers with whom they worked to receive cultural as well as language feedback and guidance. They studied and analyzed various already existing reading materials that ranged form those created for language learners, to those created for native children and others that were authentic resources created for young adults. The differences and similarities between these different materials were discussed as well different strategies that each used and the purpose behind them. For each story, students were asked to write first drafts that they would have opportunity to check with their telecollaborative language partner, the class teaching assistant and /or the instructor. Technology was not only included via the telecollaborative cooperation partnership. Students also had to use VoiceThread as the medium through which they were to create their story and they were instructed to do so in a Pecha Kucha storytelling format.
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The Iraqi native Yale World Fellow Ahmed Al Basheer visited class of Advanced Arabic I to help them with their project in which they had to create a short video with a two-fold purpose; the first was to include information they have learned about the Arab world and the second to use this information in … Continue reading Yale World Fellow Helps Students with Project
The Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT) publishes my article in their Newsletter for Winter 2019. Read full article here (Winter 2019 Newsletter, page 11).
One student says : “To be honest, I was very nervous at first. But now I know I have had massive improvements in my Speaking.” But have you really? Among other aspects of students’ tellecollaboration project, my presentation in ACTFL 2019 inspected the results obtained from mapping students’ oral performance throughout the semester, looking … Continue reading Tellecollaborative Conversation in Arabic, does it really Improve Speaking?
How can one piece of art inspire conversation in a language class? What does this conversation look like? Read mere here.