Fifteen Arabic language teachers have completed the first online Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) module for educators in Qatar, developed by Qatar Foundation International (QFI) in partnership with the Education Development Institute (EDI).
The four-month TAFL module, launched in December 2016, provided the teachers with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and expertise in strategies for teaching Arabic as a second or foreign language. The online courses concluded on April 23 following a two-day in-person workshop hosted by QFI in Doha.
The TAFL module consists of seven units dedicated to topics that help teachers enhance their understanding of strategies that they can implement in lesson plans. The courses feature interactive presentations, prompts for reflection, readings, links to external resources on the arabicalmasdar.com site and an online discussion forum supervised by Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal, an expert in the field of Arabic language education. Through the TAFL module, Qatar Foundation (QF) high school teachers of Arabic 2 learned critical topics such as integration of assessment and lesson planning, providing learners with comprehensible input, learner-centered instruction strategies and approaches for meeting diverse learners’ needs.