All resources in ACTFL Arabic Educators

Poets' Gate

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Poets' Gate is a website that contains examples of Arabic poetry ranging from the jahiliyyah period to the present day in an attempt to create a comprehensive diwan (or compilation) of Arabic poetry. Poems are divided according to the time periods and poets. The site also provides biographic information about the poets and a full list of their poems.

Material Type: Reading

SoftArabic

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Soft Arabic is a tool dedicated to the Arabic language and teaching it to non-native speakers. Lists of vocabulary in English and Arabic, complete with pictures when appropriate and transliterated words, are available to assist with correct pronunciation. Many vocabulary words have an audio component as well. In addition to vocabulary lessons, basic grammar lessons on adjectives and conjunctions, the layout of the Arabic keyboard, pronunciation lessons, and lessons on the Arabic alphabet are available. A login option is available.

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

Arabic I

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This is a textbook for beginning Arabic language learning. The textbook is divided into twelve lessons. Each lesson focuses on an activity and common theme to introduce the basics of Arabic. Each lesson starts with a short video, which you'll be asked to watch. To help you understand the video, each lesson also includes a transcript (in English), a list of vocabulary (with audio clips), and language and grammar notes.

Material Type: Full Course, Textbook

Aswaat Arabiyya

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Aswaat Arabiyya is an archive of 245 videos in Arabic, listed by difficulty level and accompanied by glossaries and four worksheets each that focus on every aspect of listening comprehension. Selections come largely from Arabic media, with some cultural presentations by native speakers. Videos cover the entire Arabic-speaking world and include MSA and different dialects. Materials are designed to be used both as in-class activities and homework assignments. Videos can be slowed down.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Lecture

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