ACTFL Arabic Educators

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al-Muallaqat

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This website contains all of the muallaqat, or odes, from pre-Islamic Arabia. They are recorded, some with accompanying music, along with the written text so listeners can read along. Many words are highlighted; these words include grammatical explanations. The website is full of information about classical Arabic poetry and includes a search engine where people can look for words by root. The website will then tell the user in what line(s) of poetry the word is located. The website is entirely in Arabic.

Material Type: Reading

Arabic Music Translation

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This blog offers translations of Arabic songs into English. Arabic transcriptions of the song lyrics are also provided, as are the transliterated lyrics. Where possible, the song has been added to the website as well so that users can listen to the song as well as read along. Users can request new songs to be translated, submit their own translations, and leave comments. Users can also search the site or click on a singer's name to be given a list of their songs that have been translated on the site.

Material Type: Reading

The Arabic Student

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This is a blog that links to videos, music, and other information about studying and learning Arabic. The blog provides comments on information provided. For instance, there is a link to an episode of The Simpsons in Arabic while providing sentences and translations of some of the more complicated phrasing.

Material Type: Reading

Vocabulary Words: Media and the Arts

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This list presents a basic set of vocabulary words that deal with categories of media and the arts, including verbs and nouns that deal with cinema, song, dance, plays, and film criticism. The list also contains verbs and nouns that cover key aspects of broadcast media. The majority of words contained within the website are nouns, and some verbs are interspersed. The words and verbs are presented in both Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian colloquial. All words feature Arabic script and transliteration.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

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.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Calligraphy Qalam

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Calligraphy Qallam offers visitors information about the Arabic alphabet, various styles of scripts, and the process and history of calligraphy. It offers tutorial videos which demonstrate the various shapes of the Arabic characters both within one script and between different scripts. There is also a "script quiz" which allows visitors to test their ability to recognize different calligraphic scripts. The site also includes a blog and a forum where topics surrounding calligraphy are discussed.

Material Type: Assessment, Lecture, Reading

Vocabulary Words: The Human Body

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This list presents a basic set of vocabulary words that deal the human body, including verbs and nouns that address body parts like the eyes, arms, and legs, as well as actions done on the human body, including combing one's hair. The majority of words contained within the website are nouns, and some verbs are interspersed. The words and verbs are presented in both Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian colloquial Arabic. All of the words feature Arabic text and transliteration.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Printable Flash Cards- Al-Kitaab Part I

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This flashcard set contains a total of 890 cards for users to print and use that represent the vast majority of the vocabulary words presented in Al-Kitaab Part I. The cards provide the English word on one side and its meaning in Arabic on the other. Terms are generally listed in chronological order based on their appearance in the textbook's lessons.

Material Type: Reading

Vocabulary Words: Clothes

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This list presents a basic set of vocabulary words that deal with categories of clothing, jewelry, and tailoring. The words include both nouns and verbs that describe various clothing items, clothing styles, and types of clothing accessories.The majority of words contained within the website are nouns, and some verbs are interspersed. The words and verbs are presented in both Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian colloquial Arabic. All of the words feature Arabic script and transliteration.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Quiz Ch. 4 Al-Kitaab

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This is an example of an exam given at the University of Oregon that tests Chapter 4 of al-Kitaab, second edition, focusing on MSA. A written dialogue for the listening portion is included; instructors can pre-record it in their own voices or read it aloud during the exam. The key is also included. The exam should take one class period of 50 minutes.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Heather Sweetser