Bringing together Arabic language teachers and educators from across Dubai’s private schools, new ideas and innovations in teaching Arabic were discussed at the latest edition of Living Arabic hosted on Saturday at the Nord Anglia International School Dubai in Al Barsha under the theme of reading.
An ‘Action Research’ initiative led by five pioneering schools was announced at the event. Allowing teachers to explore and identify evidence-based practices aimed at improving Arabic language teaching, the idea works towards improving skills of learners.
As part of the initiative, Arabic language teachers at participating schools will monitor and collect data to plan better and find innovative classroom practices, which can impact academic achievement and language learning skills of students.
Fatma Al Marri, CEO of Dubai School Agency said, “In the last year, we have heard many wonderful stories from children about how their Arabic language teachers have touched their minds and hearts through learning. It has allowed us to see that the Arabic language has introduced vivid experiences and innovative ideas to our children in a way that they can understand and enjoy.”
Matthew Farthing, Principal, Nord Anglia International School said, “Interestingly, within Dubai over the last few years, many communities have witnessed a trend in establishing reading cafes, public libraries and dedicated spaces for reading combined with social engagement. Reading develops our imaginations, it focuses our minds and allows us to visit unseen worlds that help us to understand the complexity of our own”
During the event, several workshops hosted by teachers provided innovative ideas and discussions on positive education and its role in teaching Arabic language.
Fatma Al Marri said, “The Living Arabic initiative is now in its second year and it serves as an important platform to share best practices among Arabic language teachers and opens up new avenues of collaboration and knowledge sharing among educators.”
– KHDA Media