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Al-Bab (Portal)
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Al-Bab is a portal website designed to introduce non-Arabs to Arab culture by providing links to news sources, country profiles, articles, and a blog on Middle East current events. There are also specific links related to learning Arabic: dictionaries, language classes, textbooks, and other information pertaining to the study of Arabic. A free e-book, The Birth of Modern Yemen, is available for download.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
British-Yemeni Society
Date Added:
10/11/2013
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film
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Arab Culture through Literature and Film is a five unit high school curriculum that provides students with knowledge and tools toanalyze and understand the Arab world. The materials utilize a student-centered pedagogical approach that promotes critical thinking and respect and encourages engaged global citizenship. Through this curriculum, students will recognize shared themes across the region and gain a sense of the rich diversity inherent to the multidimensional cultures of the Arab world. Students will study life and culture in the Arab world and engage with primary sources including films, short stories, and poems. Exposing students to Arab voices and putting human faces on the Arab world will increase understanding and tolerance in the American classroom.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Daily Life, Kinship, Marriage and Family
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Across the Arab world, kinship and familial association are cornerstones of society and the experience of every individual. Though each kin group functions in a unique way, there is a pervasive pattern of reliance on family networks regardless of religion, gender, ethnicity, or class. This unit explores concepts and structures of family in Arab societies from a variety of angles. Students will explore Jordanian customs and consider the values behind them and their relation to family. They will also hear from gay and lesbian Middle Easterners who reflect on their concepts of family and its impact on their coming-out processes. Students will read select short stories and poems and watch Ajami, a film in which the plot is fueled by character reactions to their families' needs. In the final lesson of this unit, students will synthesize all of the lessons above to create an Arab kinship themed version of Chutes and Ladders that demonstrates the role of kinship in setting and realizing individual goals.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Gender Roles
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This curriculum understands gender and gender roles as social constructs that are built, defined, and fulfilled on an individual and societal level. These roles are both an outcome of and rationale for appearance, behavior, and interactions of individuals and groups. Such concepts of gendered behavior are impacted by various factors including one's age, geographic location, social class, religion, marital status, and ethnicity. In this unit, students explore the dynamics of gender in the Arab world and consider their varied manifestations, perhaps challenging traditional notions of gender in the region. Students will explore the nuances of gendered interactions in public and private space and the pressures that gender expectations may place on individuals in the region. By engaging with texts and stories from the region, students will consider how those traditional expectations are negotiated and contested in a variety of ways.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Introduction to the Arab World
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The Arab world is a large and diverse region that spans from Morocco in the west, through the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula. It includes twenty-three countries and represents a wide range of customs, traditions, and cultures. This unit frames the region through the lens of cultural unity and diversity, a concept essential to this curriculum. The historical and cultural background provided in this unit serves as a foundation for students to identify and understand the nuances and complexities of the region. Additionally, students are introduced to the primary tool used for cultural analysis of the Arab world throughout the curriculum, the culture as an iceberg metaphor.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Language and Ethnicity
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Though the Arab world is broadly defined by a shared Arab ethnicity, there are actually a variety of ethnic groups in the region, many of whom are indigenous to the land. Each of these ethnic groups, including the Amazigh, the Bedouin, the Nubians, and the Kurds, has a unique history and culture and often their own language as well. Since the early years of Arab expansion, these indigenous groups have negotiated their acceptance and integration into the dominant Arab culture, at times adopting elements of the culture and at other times, rejecting it. This unit introduces students to ethnic groups in the Arab world and guides them through an understanding of their lived experience as minorities in the region. Students will consider the challenges that face specific ethnicities and explore how these groups negotiate their collective identity and membership in the region. Students will study the activity of Amazigh activists, read Kurdish poetry, and watch a documentary about the Nubians. They'll end the unit by conducting independent research on an ethnic minority of their choosing.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Religious Expression
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Religion permeates through the cultures and societies of the Arab world, manifesting itself in diverse ways. Its presence is seen at an institutional level as well as in personal behaviors and interactions including dress, daily routines, and patterns of speech. Although religion is ubiquitous, the way individuals understand and practice their religion varies widely. Furthermore, while Islam is the predominant religion of the region, religious sentiment pervades broadly and a host of other religions are practiced throughout the region. This unit guides students through an understanding of religion in the Arab world within its own cultural context. It challenges students to consider the complexities of religion and religious expression in a region in which its presence is unavoidable. This unit exposes students to diverse religious practices and expressions of Islam and the relationships between religious practitioners in the region.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arabic Lessons from Musings on Arab Culture
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This blog is from an American woman living and working in Saudi Arabia. It includes information about living and working in Saudi Arabia as well as her travels elsewhere in the Middle East. This particular section of the blog includes lessons on Arabic, which are all transliterated. Conversations that are transliterated and translated, vocabulary lists, and cultural information are all included. The lessons include one on bread, one on time and the concept of time, and one on New Year's Resolutions.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
World Cultures
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Michele La Morte-Shbat
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic for Travelers
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This site contains word lists designed around travel-related vocabulary. Each list contains many different words and a randomly generated quiz that will test users on how well they remember the words. The words are written in Arabic, transliterated, and translated. The site offers Egyptian Aamiyya and MSA

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Travlang Online, Inc
Date Added:
10/14/2013
BBC Arabic
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This is BBC's Arabic page, containing a wealth of written material as well as live video and radio feeds all in Arabic. There is also a multimedia section with a video archive and a link to BBC Arabic's YouTube channel, which contains over 6,000 videos, including playlists with complete episodes.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Lecture
Reading
Provider:
BBC
Date Added:
08/27/2013
BBC Guide to Arabic - Arabic Key Phrases
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This page from the BBC includes a list of 20 essential Arabic phrases, including hello, goodbye, thank you, and more. The Arabic phrases are written in two separate lists: one with transliterations and English translations, and the other using the Arabic alphabet. Users can print out a list of the terms they've selected, listen to their proper pronunciation online, or download the audio clips to study on their own.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
BBC Guide to Arabic
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Building up One Empire while Tearing Down Another: Scholars, Missionaries and Spies in the Ottoman Middle East
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No Strings Attached
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This module explores the careers of British archaeologist T.E. Lawrence and Czech scholar Alois Musil. Both men were scholars, but also agents for their respective governments. As with many figures active in the age of European colonialism, Lawrence and Musil created an important intellectual legacy, but their value as contemporary witnesses is diminished somewhat by their imperial outlook and subsequent inability to attain any approximation of objectivity.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
World History
Archaeology
Material Type:
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Michael Decker
Date Added:
10/31/2006
Critical Language Service (YouTube Channel)
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Critical Language Service offers playlists with video lessons that explain the material in Alif Baa, Al-Kitaab 1 (through lesson 11), and a series on Egyptian vocabulary. Videos designed for the Alif Baa series focus on stories to illustrate new vocabulary while the series designed for Al-Kitaab explains grammatical concepts introduced in the books, and demonstrate proper pronunciation. They also offer a playlist of 60 cartoon episodes in Arabic.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Critical Language Service
Date Added:
10/14/2013
CultureTalk - Arab World
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CultureTalk - Arab World features a very extensive selection of filmed interviews with people from different countries in the Arabic speaking world. While some interviews are in English, the vast majority are in Arabic. Translations and usually transcripts are provided for all non-English video clips. Topics include family, food, education, religious and cultural customs, work, art, sport, travel, etc. The regions covered are the Levant, North Africa, Egypt, and Mauritania, with an Iraqi section on the way.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Culture Talk: Egypt
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CultureTalk - Arab World features native speakers from across the Arabic-speaking world giving filmed interviews, in Arabic and sometimes English, on selected topics. Text-based translations and transcriptions are often provided as downloadable documents for most Arabic videos. The videos engage a number of region/country-specific topics, including cultural traditions, religion, politics, and sports.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
World Cultures
Economics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Reading
Provider:
Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Culture Talk: Yemeni Arabic
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CultureTalk - Arab World features native speakers from across the Arabic-speaking world giving filmed interviews, in Arabic and sometimes English, on selected topics. Text-based translations and transcriptions are often provided as downloadable documents for most Arabic videos. The videos engage a number of region/country-specific topics, including cultural traditions, religion, politics, and sports.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
World Cultures
Economics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Database of Arabic Place Names (DAPNA)
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This project is an attempt to build a comprehensive database of Arabic place names that covers the entire world, not just place names in the Arabic speaking world. The place names are proofread carefully to ensure adherence to the rules of hamza orthography, something often ignored in most publications. The database gives the correct name in Arabic script, its name in English or transliteration, spelling variants, and common errors in spelling. Frequency of variants is also given.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
The CJK Dictionary Institute
Date Added:
10/14/2013
The Egyptian Castle
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Arabic Castle provides the Arabic alphabet and a list of the 21 most common phrases that non-Arabic speakers should know how to say when traveling to Egypt. These phrases are presented in the Egyptian dialect. In addition, the site introduces the numerals used in Arabic and the months of the year. Each section is accompanied by an audio pronunciation.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Magic Enterprise
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Egyptian Self-Taught Arabic (PDF)
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This manual, written in 1914, includes a very basic introduction to the colloquial Egyptian Arabic spoken in Cairo. The 80-page text focuses mostly on vocabulary and contains 28 different word lists. There is also a brief section on grammar, one on the Arabic alphabet and how it is pronounced in Egypt, and a collection of sample dialogues. Although the book covers the alphabet, most sections rely on transliteration into Latin characters. The filesize of the PDF is 5 MB.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
E. Marlborough & Co.
Author:
Carl A. Thimm
Reginald A. Marriott
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Fly with Arabic: Unit Eight (Travel and Transportation)
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Authored by Belal Joundeya, Fly with Arabic: Unit Eight (Travel and Transportation) features a variety of language-learning lessons tied together by fun themes related to travel, sightseeing, and transportation. The unit focuses on the acquisition of listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills, as well as knowledge of Arabic cultures and history.

Unit eight is the last chapter in the "Fly with Arabic" series, which is comprised of a total of eight units, each containing several lessons, including fill-in-the-blank exercises, open-ended writing practice, and word-matching games, that seek to reinforce specific learning outcomes, such as oral and written production, writing, and reading. Additionally, brief cultural drills are included in each unit, and are designed to add a cultural dimension to each unit's language activities. All units also contain self- assessment checklists to help monitor and measure the learner's progress during the unit.

In summary, through using a number of drills to produce vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and speaking skills, including pictures, word-matching games, open-ended writing practice, and fill-in-the-blank exercises, the "Fly with Arabic" series seeks to connect all phases of Arabic-learning into one comprehensive package.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Homework/Assignment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
CLASSRoad Admin
Date Added:
01/28/2016