Jul 7, 2009

Greetings in Arabic

The following video was produced by various members of the 2009 NOVA Startalk Arabic and Chinese Technology workshop on July 7, 2009. In the video you'll see and hear various ways to offer greetings from various parts of the Arab World.

Jul 5, 2009

Arabic 101

In this episode of my podcast, you will learn ways how to greet people and also how to introduce yourself.
Click here to listen to My Arabic 101 Podcast.

Click here to see My Mashup #1 - فيديو العنب
Click here to see My Mashup #2 - اهلآ وسهلآ
Click here to see My Mashup # 3 - موجز الأنباء-الجزيرة
Click here to see a set of My Flash Cards I have created with Flashcards Exchange. Click on the Study tab to see what I as able to make without paying a membership fee.

Jul 4, 2009

العرب والغرب

اقرء القطعة بصوت عالي مرتن ثم سجل صوتك باستعمال ال
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الكاريكاتيرابو محجوب

الرجاء زيارت الموقع التالي لابي محجوب الكاريكاتير


اقرء الكاريكاتير ثم علق عليه او رد على احد التعليقات

Jul 2, 2009

Google Group: NOVA Startalk Arabic

سلام ومرحبآ بكم جميعآ في نوفا ستار تاك العربي
Salaam and Marhaba:

I have created a Google Group for the NOVA Startalk Arabic teachers, for us to stay in touch. Here is the URL for the homepage and the group e-mail address.

Homepage: http://groups.google.com/group/novastartalkarabic
Group e-mail: novastartalkarabic@googlegroups.com

This is a forum that only invited Arabic teachers can access and post messages to the group. The purpose is to share ideas, information, and ask questions about classes, technology, and more. I hope this way we can stay connected ان شاء الله.

Your humble technology servant,
Mohamed Esa

Jun 26, 2009

Startalk at McDaniel College

McDaniel College/CHS STARTALK 2009:
Summer Arabic and Chinese Teachers’ Program

Interested in improving your ability to teach Arabic or Chinese? Want to learn new strategies that engage and excite students using film, role-playing, problem-solving and more? Interested in learning how to become a certified instructor or go on to earn a master’s degree?

The Institute will provide an innovative, engaging and reality-based approach to assist all participants to develop a solid foundation to pursue continued professional growth as instructors of Arabic or Chinese.

Course Name: TSL 566 OL: Strategies for Teaching Foreign Languages (with emphasis on Arabic and Chinese).
Course Dates: July 27, 2009 through August 21, 2009 (online and on campus)
Location: Online and at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157
Cost: Only $410.00 *
Credit: 3 Graduate Credits **
Application Deadline: June 30, 2009

Requirements: Participants will be responsible for submitting an application for graduate study, and an official transcript from an accredited institution verifying a bachelor’s degree.

For More Information, Visit: http://www.mcdaniel.edu/10041.htm
Contact Info: Arabic Teachers: Carol Zaru at czaru@mcdaniel.edu or (301) 520-4382
Chinese Teachers: Ruby Costea at rcostea@mcdaniel.edu or (410) 871-3123

The program will require face-to-face meetings at McDaniel College and participation online. Our calendar is as follows:

(1) Week of July 27th

Join us for a three hour informative meeting to welcome you. Our focus will be to assist you with your computer needs and provide you with an overview of the course. Tuesday July 28th 6:00 - 9:00 PM or Wednesday July 29th 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. (Location to be announced). Individually paced directed readings. Friday online practice option (10:00 - 11:00 AM).

(2) Week of August 3rd – 7th

This class will meet online each evening (Monday - Wednesday) from 7:00 – 9:00 PM Easter Time.

(3) Week of August 10th - 14th

This week we will meet face to face at McDaniel College from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

(4) Week of August 17th - 21st

This class will meet online each evening (Monday - Thursday) from 7:00 – 9:00 PM Easter Time.

* Through a grant from StarTalk and a special discounted rate from McDaniel College, the total cost of this 3-credit graduate course is $410, not including materials. Participants pay $590 (this includes a $50 one-time non-refundable application fee) when registering for the “TSL 566 OL Strategies for Teaching Foreign Languages” course. Participants will receive a $180 stipend from the Center for Human Services upon successful completion of the course.

** Non-credit / non-fee auditing options are available through CHS with Coordinator’s permission. Please contact the Coordinator, Ruby Costea, at rcostea@mcdaniel.edu or (410) 871 – 3123

Startalk Arabic 2009 - Blogs

Adil Elamir' Blog

Meriem Bacha's Blog

Ferial Demy's Blog

Wasan Alqaisi's Blog

Mona Mitry 's Blog

Zohra Guisse

Jun 23, 2009

Egypt wins the Africa Cup

فوز المنتخب المصري بلقب كأس الأمم الإفريقية للمرة السادسة


Startalk Seminar: Powering up your Arabic Language Courses with Technology
June 22-26 and July 6-10, 2009
Northern Virginia Community College, Arlington, Virginia


Day 1
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome, Introductions and STARTALK logistics (Dr. Franklin)
9:30 -10:15 Activity 1 Flip Camera exercise; Activity 2 TBA (All Instructors)
10:15 – 12:00 Chinese and Arabic Orientation (Dr. Esa and Dr. Chi)
12:00 -1:00 Lunch
1:00-4:00 Brain Compatible Teaching and Learning Workshop (Dr. Marjorie Hall Haley)
4-5 Open Lab for Day Two Microteaching

Day 2 STARTALK evaluation visit
9:00-9:30 What we can do in a week- Show and tell Dong and Esa
9:30- 12:00 Brain Compatible Teaching and Learning Wkshp Dr. Hall Haley
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 I Tube, YouTube We All Tube (Dr. Esa and All Groups)
2:30 – 4:00 Flicker, Google Images, Jing (Part 1), Picasa (Dr. Chi and All Groups)
4-5 Open lab: Integrate what you learn (Dr. Franklin, Shigehisa)

Day 3
9:00 – 10:00 Review Day 2 (Dr. Chi)
10:00 – 12:00 Audacity, Voice Thread (Chi/Shigehisa)
12:00 -1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Jing (Part 2)/Aswaat Arabiyya and Al-Hakawati (Dr. Chi/Dr. Esa)
2:30 -4:00 MERLOT Updates, VOICES, etc. (Dr. Franklin and All Groups)
4-5 Open lab: Integrate what you learn/LinguaFolio (Dr. Chi and Dr. Franklin)

Day 4
9:00-10:00 MERLOT continued ;Review Day 3 (Dr. Franklin)
10:00 -12:00 BYKI/ Discipline Specific Session (Dr. Chi/Dr. Esa)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 WordPress Shigehisa
2:30 – 4:00 Putting everything together (Wikispaces and others) (Dr. Chi/Dr. Esa)
4-5 Open lab: Integrate what you learn

Day 5
9:00-11:00 Open Lab: Get ready for your show time (All)
11:00-12:00 Participants’ Showcase (All)
12:00-1:00 Lunch (All)
1:00- 4:00 Participants’ Showcase (All)
4:00 -5:00 Post-survey Wrap up and Certificates (Dr. Franklin)

Jun 22, 2009

خطه للتدريس التطبيقي

هذا نموذج لخطه التدريس التطبيقي. الرجاء استعماله عند تحضير خطتكم التطبيقيه وشكرا

Click on the link to download a template in Arabic for a possible lesson or unit plan the you can use when preparing any lessons using technology. Please also incorporate the ideas that Dr. Hall Haley discussed in her presentation today in class.

Link to Adil's Blog: http://arabictalk.blogspot.com

Click on the following link to see a description about
"How to Use Technology to Meet the National Standards (5Cs)"

Startalk Survey

Please take the following survey for the Startalk survey that Dr. Franklin talked about today:

Those who didn't do the needs-assessment on-line technology survey, should complete it ASAP, Here is the URL:

Jun 16, 2009

Startalk Arabic 2009

This is a 2-week professional development Summer Institute designed to help teachers integrate technology tools and 21st century language pedagogy in the NVCC/APS Arabic and Chinese curricula. The infusion of modern methodologies in the Arabic and Chinese programs will promote time on task among students and motivate them to persist in their language study. In order to keep learners engaged, teachers must include the most effective, standards-based activities, emphasizing all modes of communication and culture. Arabic and Chinese teachers in each language will create a collection of activities to expand the curriculum presently in place. The networking that will result from the course will enrich instruction and save teachers the task of “reinventing the wheel” by creating materials in isolation.

Ahlan wa Sahlan - اهلاوسهلا

For the Arabic teachers, I am planning on adding new things for those who took the workshop last year, work with them closely on continuing to develop what they have learned last year, but above all, working with all of you, one on one, to meet your own needs. After you sign up fro the workshop, I'll be e-mailing you a questionaire, which will help me determine your immediate needs and this way I can design my part of the workshop accordingly.

Here are some of the things I have so far in mind. However, I am always open to any suggestions and anything you need (that I know how to do):
  • Improving your syllabus and adding technology components to it
  • Learn how to use the Internet more effectively, i.e. downloading videos from YouTube, etc.
  • Create your own attractive and effective multimedia PowerPoint
  • Create your own Blog or Wiki
  • Create your own videos (educational videos or music videos) with 1, 2, 3 steps
  • Using Blackboard more effectively
A workshop is as good as its participants and not its facilitator. The best workshops are those, in which the participants create their own materials with the guidance of a facilitator. I don't want you to copy what I do. I believe that you should learn how to use technology to meet your own needs, and therefore, the workshop will be tailored according to the needs of the participants.

Here are some important documents that you may download to be used in your classes:

Some of My Favorite Arabic Videos

This is a video on how to say the alphabet in Arabic:

الارقام - Arabic Numbers

الحيوانات - Animals in Arabic