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Rihab Mohamed

Author and publisher

BSc. MSc. Architecture

Teaching Arabic in UK schools course, SOAS, University of London

Our Vision

Arabic is the official language of more than 22 different countries and many children in UK are taught Arabic in main stream schools, supplementary schools or other settings.  As well as offering educational materials, we hope to see further improvement in the following areas:

Enhance Students’ perception of learning

Most children are passionate about learning Arabic, but all too often they come to view this as a difficult and a boring process, as a result valuable time and resources are not used to their utmost capacity.  Some of the reasons are:

  • Most of the teachers have been educated in different Arabic-speaking countries. This attracts a wide range of materials and teaching approaches within our Arabic classes. The teaching style and resources may conflict with the style used in UK schools.

  • Different Arabic-speaking countries have different accents and local dialects, which results in different spoken dialects in classrooms.

  • This reflects adversely on long-term planning and continuity in learning between classes and between schools. Children having to change teachers or schools encounter very different approaches and classroom environment which hinder their education.

Raise the standard of Arabic teaching practise

Teachers are often competent in Arabic and very keen in teaching; many of them have pursued further training and developed their own activities and enhancement to the courses they teach. However, many teachers found the Arabic teaching practise unsystematic and needs promotion of:

  • Raising awareness of the need for enhanced classroom environments.

  • Raising awareness of the need for unified and systematic approaches to teachings, planning for lessons and preparing a scheme of work.

  • Encouraging Arabic schools & teachers to participate in languages conferences and exhibitions.

  • Facilitation of teachers training to gain recognised qualifications.

Develop standard guide lines for

“Spoken Language in classrooms” 

We recommend that Simple Modern standard Arabic should be spoken in all classrooms and not local dialects, as:

  • Different spoken local dialects of teachers’ confuse students who are just starting to learn.

  • Many words used in local dialects are not correct and cannot be used for writing.

  • Simple Modern standard Arabic is written and spoken in all media from news to children’s cartoons and understood by everybody.

  • When Simple Modern standard Arabic is spoken in classroom, it enhances learning and makes it easier for students when they change schools.

Develop standards for teaching and assessment

Develop standards for teaching and assessment at different levels sets clear objectives for learning. It facilitates assessing the student’s progress and levels achieved which is essential for students, parents and teachers.