Annenberg Learner and Qatar Foundation International (QFI) are partnering to bring a robust professional development Open Education Resource (OER) to U.S. Arabic language educators. The project, Teaching Arabic, is produced by WGBH Boston with guidance from leading advisors on the teaching of Arabic and world languages. Teaching Arabic includes seven videos of public school Arabic classrooms where student-centered teaching and authentic language is emphasized. In addition, teachers will have online text resources to assist them when using the videos for professional development purposes.
The classroom videos feature three high school, one middle school, and three elementary school classes ranging from New England to California. An additional overview video is provided to explain best teaching practices when blending novice and intermediate-level students with those who come from Arabic-speaking homes in order to create an effective learning community. The videos also exhibit Arabic teachers skillfully incorporating different dialects of Arabic with the more formal modern standard Arabic. The videos and resources will be available as part of the Teaching Foreign Languages Library and also through QFI’s OER platform, Al-Masdar, in fall 2016. Annenberg Learner and the QFI will debut the resources at ACTFL’s Annual Convention in November 2016.
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