This film introduces the Arabic language to non-Arabic speakers that I made using Photostory 3 at the 2008 Startalk Summer Workshop "Powering Up Your Arabic and Chinese Programs Using Technology," which took place at NVCC/ Arlington Center, June 30 - July 3, 2008
Startalk 2008 Arabic and Chinese Teacher Training Programs at NOVA Powering Up Your Chinese and Arabic Language Courses with Technology Afour day professional development course for teachers of Arabic and Chinese funded by STARTALK
DATES: June 30-July 3, 2008 HOURS: 9:00AM – 4:00PM (with a one hour lunch break) LOCATION: Northern Virginia Community College Arlington Center(behind Holiday Inn) Address and Phone: 4600 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington Virginia (703) 933-5050
COURSE DESCRIPTION A professional development Summer Institute designed to help teachers integrate technology tools and 21st century language pedagogy in the NVCC/APS Arabic and Chinese curricula. The infusion of modern methodologies in the Arabic and Chinese programs will promote time on task among students and motivate them to persist in their language study. In order to keep learners engaged, teachers must include the most effective, standards-based activities, emphasizing all modes of communication and culture. Arabic and Chinese teachers in each language will create a collection of activities to expand the curriculum presently in place. The networking that will result from the course will enrich instruction and save teachers the task of “reinventing the wheel” by creating materials in isolation.
FACILITATORS Dr.Marjorie Hall Haley, Associate Professor, George Mason University Dr. Mohamed Esa, Associate Professor, McDaniel College, Arabic consultantRuihua Dong, Lead Trainer of Chinese Language, World Bank, Chinese consultantDr. Laura Franklin, Professor, Northern Virginia Community College
LOCATION Northern Virginia Community College Arlington Center(behind Holiday Inn)Address and Phone: 4600 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington Virginia (703) 933-5050
Arabic orthography is a cursive system, running from right to left. Only consonants and long vowels are written. There is no upper and lower case distinction, nor can the isolated forms of letters normally be juxtaposed to form words.
The Art of Arabic Calligraphy
Arabic belongs to the group of Semitic alphabetical scripts in which mainly the consonants are represented in writing, while the markings of vowels (using diacritics) is optional.