How to Teach Arabic Vocabulary – Mahmoud Al-Batal

Contributed By: Connor Seidenschwarz
Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International
Author: Arabic Language and Culture Program - Qatar Foundation International
Collection: 2015 QFI Arabic Summer Institute
Condition of Use: Fair Use for Education

This is session 6 of 10 of the 2015 Arabic Summer Institute by Qatar Foundation International. It is a discussion of how to best teach vocabulary, an important part of language learning. Led by Mahmoud Al Batal, Professor of Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin. The session is divided as follows:

-Music as a teaching material
-Challenges in teaching Arabic
—Vocabulary, Vocabulary Vocabulary

-Teach using

-Technology used for unlimited repetition of vocab
-How can we best spend time in class?
—Games, Activities, Group work, Lecture, PowerPoint

—Most effective method to encourage Language Output and Interaction

-Stage of Information Production
-Polishing language into a final product

-Vocab drills
—Keep simple
—Require repetition
—Addition of descriptive details; adjectives to nouns

—Without correction, errors persist

-Examples of Activities:
—Pictionary, Charades, Pictoral examples for words

-Vocabulary should be practiced before coming to class

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