Here are some nice techniques and games to make use of in teaching Arabic. After the students had learned some words of the classroom items,I asked them to form groups. Each group had to go and find in the classroom some of the items that the other group name for them. They had to touch this item and name it as fast as possible.
Another game was after teaching the students the Arabic numbers. I chose two groups of five students each. I made them choose numbers from 1 to 5 for themselves and I stood between the two groups having a handkerchief in my hand and I began to call numbers. Whenever the student hear his or her number' he or she has to hurry before the other contestant to catch the handkerchief. They have to listen and respond fast.
I have been spending a lot of my time thinking how to keep my students always reading,saying and repeating their Arabic stuff they learn at the classroom. I got an idea which helped me great deal achieve my goal. I got many board cards and cut them into the size of business cards. I gave each student a bunch of these cards. I made them write most of the vocabulary and phrases related to the topics they have studied. Having written them and dividing the cards according to the topics, I asked them to keep these cards in their wallets to make use of them wherever they go. Two days later I asked them to tell me how they used these cards. Some read them during his long wait with his mam in the doctor's clinic. Others read them while they were traveling with their parents for a long journey by car. Some students said they had read them at home during the break between their study sessions when they felt bored. Others said they were very happy showing their Arabic business cards to their friends and family members.
It's always fun to have the chance to publicize your language. I have attended recently a German class at my school when many students who don't take Arabic asked me to have their names written in Arabic. Also I began to translate some German words I heard to Arabic which made the students and the teacher herself so excited.They liked the way the Arabic letters are written. We have discussed together some differences between Arabic and German. I ended up with many students who expressed their eagerness to learn the Arabic language.
I attended a useful training about using the CPR. It's an automatic devise to help you give help to someone in emergency. It should be useful to know how to deal with it in case you take students on a field trip. CPR stands for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. It provides you with a makeshift and rapid solution until you can get help for that person who is in danger. It can be considered to be a ground breaking technique in the field of the First Aid.
There was a meeting in my school for the teachers in the district. I was enrolled as the third speaker on the agenda of this meeting. I talked about many things to let people know about my program,culture and country. The audience and I were so excited to discuss the differences between schools in Egypt and the USA. We also discussed some of the controversial issues that are common between both sides. We talked about the role of the teacher in tackling such issues inside the classroom.It was fruitful debate that both sides benefited from.
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