The UK’s Annual Arabic Teachers Conference

The annual UK Arabic Teachers Conference, held by the British Council and QFI, went online for the first time in December 2020. The conference focused on a range of issues, with particular attention given to approaches to teaching and learning culture.

You can access the sessions for useful and up-to-date information from our expert participants below:

Welcome And Keynote Speech

The British Council’s Eilidh Hamilton and Carine Allaf, Senior Programs Advisor at QFI, talk about the six-year partnership between the two organizations – and why Arabic is one of the most important languages for people in the UK to learn today.

Hummus And Chips

QFI’s UK Consultant Tony Calderbank discusses how vocabulary can bring culture into the classroom. He explores the opportunities for visiting the Arab world virtually as well as through historical accounts, and wonders: what are the Arabic words for 2020 neologisms like “lockdown” and “social distancing”?

Teaching Arabic Phonics

Saussan Khalil from Cambridge University outlines a new approach to early Arabic literacy, presenting some of the techniques she has devised for teaching phonics to young learners beginning their Arabic language journey. This session includes a helpful Q and A session with participants.

The Role Of Pedagogical Strategies In Curriculum Development

Luma Hameed, a vastly experienced Arabic educator, looks at approaches to designing stimulating interactive materials for teaching Arabic to GCSE students and making the subject a realistic option for the school curriculum.

Embedding Cultural Competences In The GCSE Arabic Course

Samira Dani shares illuminating ideas and techniques on how to include the teaching of culture in GCSE classes – such as looking at the many festivals throughout the Arab world.

Virtually Teaching And Learning Vocabulary

Teacher, examiner, and moderator Nezha Rida on useful ways to engage students and enrich their Arabic vocabulary in the online classroom.

Differentiated Arabic Instruction-Meeting Students’ Learning Needs

Dr. Wafa Hassan, Director of Michigan’s Arabic Teacher Council, explores ways of teaching Arabic to classes that contain both heritage and non-heritage learners

A Cross-Curricular Approach To Arabic Language Learning Through Art

Fatima Khaled and James Anderson explain how the works of the artist Ali Omar Ermes have helped heritage learners engage with Arab culture.

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