Arabic language teachers in Qatar receive professional development opportunities through a new online module on teaching Arabic as a second/foreign language, followed by in-person workshops.
QATAR/WASHINGTON D.C. – April 23, 2017: Qatar Foundation International (QFI), in partnership with the Education Development Institute (EDI), developed and launched the first online Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) module for educators of the Arabic language in Qatar in December 2016.
The module helped Arabic teachers enhance their knowledge and expertise. The online courses concluded on April 20, and coincided with a two-day in-person workshop hosted by QFI in Doha, Qatar, before the EDI Teaching and Learning Forum.
The TAFL module includes interactive presentations, readings, and an online discussion forum supervised by Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal, a premier expert in the field of Arabic language education. Arabic high school teachers learned about assessment and lesson planning, as well as comprehensible input, learner-centered instruction strategies.
The in-person workshop providing the teachers with the opportunity to implement what they learned online. The teachers left with a strong grasp of the strategies learned, as well as their own long-term Arabic education development plan.
QFI Arabic Teacher Katie Quackenbush of Boston Arts Academy and Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal, QFI’s language expert and advisory board member, led in-person workshops.
A second phase of the TAFL module will cover larger topics that were touched upon in the first module. The second phase will seek to give educators teaching expertise to take back to their classrooms and schools in Qatar.