Designing for Impactful Learning in Arabic Classes
A Shift from a Culture of Teaching Arabic to a Culture of Learning Arabic
This two-day institute is dedicated to teachers of Arabic in American international schools. The main goal is to learn together how to create learning experiences that build the learner’s proficiency in the Arabic language. Arabic teachers are invited to this institute to reflect on current teaching designs and practices and examine the impact of these practices on learning. Together we will design learning that positively impacts students’ proficiency in Arabic.
CONNECT & ENGAGE
Usually, the teaching of Arabic requires a national curriculum with accompanying textbook. Arabic teachers find themselves navigating the requirements of the mandated curriculum and the multiple profiles and needs of their Arabic language learners. In this institute, Arabic teachers will engage in a process of unpacking expectations and designing learning experiences that match learners’ profiles and needs. Whether heritage speakers or non-speakers of Arabic, learners' proficiency is developed when the design is focused on learning to use the language, not teaching about the language.
Throughout the two days, we will explore the profiles of Arabic language learners, their relevant learning outcomes, and take a deep dive into designing learning plans that ensure increased levels of proficiency.
Together, we will learn the following:
How to identify multiple Arabic learners’ profiles;
How to set achievable learning goals and outcomes;
How to design impactful learning experiences that ensure achievement of the outcomes;
How to ensure that achieving the outcomes is leading to increased proficiency.
REFLECT & APPLY
In small collaborative teams, participants will arrive at a shared understanding of learners’ profiles and their relevant achievable outcomes. They will design learning experiences that increase the learner’s proficiency and leave with impactful lesson plans ready to be implemented. The process involves reflecting on current practices and making the necessary shifts to focus on student learning and increased levels of proficiency.
Understanding the profiles of Arabic language learners;
Unpacking learning outcomes and setting learning targets;
Designing learning experiences that increase learners’ proficiency;
Assessing and reflecting on the designed experiences to increase impact.