The course is a combination of the traditional branches of Nahw, Sarf and Balaghah, taught using a variety of methods, tried and tested through years of teaching Arabic, combined with English language teaching experience.
The course consists of all the components of the language, namely grammar, reading, speaking, writing and listening gradually leading up to the GCSE Arabic Exam for those students wishing to gain this qualification. The first four modules of the course will equip students with a steel framework to access Arabic texts. Thereafter students may take on traditional sciences such as Sarf Morphology, Nahw Syntax and I’rab Grammatical analysis to get a deeper understanding of classical Islamic texts.
The Arabic course aims to give students access to both Qur’anic Arabic as well as modern standard Arabic. The teaching methodology will be adopted from a combination of traditional Islamic rote memorisation and the modern interactive English language teaching style. The teaching will be divided into the four component skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The memorisation and grammar notes will be done, as homework while interactive drills and developing language skills will take place in the classroom.
The language of instructions for Module 1 and 2 will undergo gradual stages, initially from English then both in English and Arabic finally all in Arabic. The medium for module 3 and 4 will be Arabic only.
Students are expected to buy the recommended books and a small notebook for building new vocabularies with three divisions and subsections:
1. Nouns: singular and plural,
2. Verbs: past, present and verbal noun,
A minimum of 12 new words will be learnt each lesson as a group and students are expected to learn more according to individual aspiration.
Pair work structure for reading and memorisation
Reading lessons can be effective when working in pairs, this enables automatic memorisation as well. In this course students are expected to follow this structure:
Teacher: model and choral drill
- A reads to B
- B reads to A
- A tests B by covering the Arabic words and only showing the Engish translation or the picture and vice versa
- A tests B by asking B to write from memory without looking and vice versa.
This whole process enables both students to memorise and remember the words as reading, writing, and memory is being tested.
Group work and Independent Research
Group work is an important part of the course. Maximising student interaction with students using the Arabic medium. Students are encouraged to choose Islamic texts such as parts of the Qur’an and Ahadeeth and carry out independent study and present their research to their groups.
Individual Learning Plan and Certificate
Tutors will regularly be keeping records of student’s strong points and areas to work on as well as test results. This will enable the student to reflect on her own learning and aim to achieve higher. At the end of each module certificates will be awarded with their final mark.
Arabic Course Outline for Module 1 to 4
Teaching plan for each Arabic lesson
Topic/Vocabulary: The course will put emphasis in learning new vocabulary in context and topics as well as from reading a wide range of stories. The communicative power of vocabulary is immense as psychologists comment that higher the level and number of vocabulary one knows the mind is at ease, frustration is reduced because the person can articulate ones feelings and emotions with words rather than anger and physical agitation. Daniel Goleman in his ‘Emotional Intelligence,’ alludes that eloquence and ability to manipulate words to express oneself as one of the hidden signs of intelligence. Arabs also showed obsession with this science as a result produced much literature in this science such as Fiqh al-Lughah, Muthallath al Qutrub, Ghareeb al Qur’an, etc.
Use of dictionaries will be encouraged to enable student autonomy.
Grammar: A new grammar concept will be introduced each week and integrated with the topic and the spoken segment. Module 1 to 3 will provide the student a good base to independently progress on to comprehension of Arabic/Islamic texts.
Speaking: The spoken segment will be divided into 10 minutes oral communication in the topic of the lesson and 10 minutes drills with a partner.
Drills provide intensive oral practice of selected sentences that are linked to the particular grammar rule or vocabularies introduced. The philosophy behind is that through repetition or restricted response drills we can be trained into automatic responses to stimuli. This method is useful particularly in the non-Arab world where students are not exposed to daily Arabic conversations hence if students repeat a particular response to a question five times in class, then there is a fair chance that their tongue will get habituated to uttering these words in order.
Theory/Adab: Includes etiquette of learning, history of Arabic, memory techniques and study skills. This will enable the student to progress faster and arouse higher ambition.
Tests: Students will be set tests individually and in groups to enable competition to excel as well as for the tutor to record and evaluate the progress made by students.