Discovering the World of Arabic


These interactive resources were created to complement the live online lessons of the Arabic language course designed by SCILT (Scotland’s National Centre for Languages) for primary school pupils.

The 10-week, 20-hour course has been designed to allow young learners to experience the Arabic language and culture through the context of traveling and storytelling inspired by the well-known historic explorer, Ibn Battuta. It is aimed at P5-P7 learners (8 to 11 years old) who are complete beginners in Arabic. As part of Scotland’s approach to language learning, the program is designed as a meaningful L3 language learning experience; in other words, it is meant to support the teaching of a second additional language in the upper primary stages. The purpose of the course is to introduce learners to aspects of Arab cultures as well as practical Arabic language skills.

There are seven presentations. The first is about Ibn Battuta himself, the following five focusing on different Arab countries: Morocco, Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, and Jordan, with the final presentation a quiz to review what the students have learned. Each presentation contains one slide with a number of links to information and activities designed to enhance the learners’ knowledge and understanding of the Arab world, its many cultures, and in some cases, its links to Scotland.

1. Introducing Ibn Battuta


2. Discovering Morocco


3. Discovering Egypt


4. Discovering Qatar


5. Discovering Tunisia


6. Discovering Jordan


7. Discovering the World of Arabic