I Learn Arabic - Multi Languages Curriculum أتعلم العربية منهج متعدد اللغات
The “I Learn Arabic: Multi-Lingual Series” is a multi-lingual, simplified series for teaching Arabic to non-native speakers, and it covers the elementary school levels. It is a suitable series for instructors with only 1.5 – 2 hours per week for teaching Arabic in.
The “I Learn Arabic: Multi-Lingual Series” is the same as the “I Learn Arabic: Simplified Curriculum Series,” with one exception – the multi-lingual series has introductions and instructions in four different languages: Arabic, French, English and German. The rest of the series’ content is in Arabic, and is not translated to these languages. The series is perfectly suited for students who come from non-Arabic speaking families, and who need a mediating language to understand instructions.
The series consists of three levels: the first, second and third levels. These are immediately followed by another series, the “I Love and Learn Arabic” series, which contains levels four, five and six.
The books form a well-developed curriculum that presents Arabic in an educational, interesting, and simple manner. These books pay great attention to the needs of non-native speakers, and those living in the West; they are characterized by inclusiveness and integration. The series looks at language as a group of general skills and particular exercises. The instructor should not simply spoon-feed or force the information onto students; rather, the instructor should strive to help students pick these skills up by communicating with students, involving students directly in the discovery of the skills, and then having students pick these skills up, understand and analyze, and finally, use them.
The series aims to teach Arabic to children in the best and most advanced ways, by training them in the following areas:
Linguistic aptitude: this includes the four language skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing
The three linguistic elements: phonetics, vocabulary, and grammatical structures
Communication aptitude: the ability to communicate, in verbal and written forms, with native speakers
Cultural aptitude: imparting various aspects of the Arab-Islamic culture in a form that is interesting and enticing for children at this age, while merging this with aspects of the child’s own culture in the West at this stage
This series is dependent on Modern Standard (formal) Arabic; it does not use any of the various Arabic dialects, nor does it use a second language to explain things. It does, however, utilize the most advanced methods and ways for teaching second languages, while taking into account the nature of the Arabic language. The series is also guided by the curriculums and teaching methods of The Common European Framework of Reference (Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues), which was put together by the Council of Europe. This framework is the basic reference guide for teaching languages in Europe from all angels (objectives, content, teaching methods and styles, etc.). It is a result of the work of language instruction experts in 41 European state members of the Council of Europe. The goal of utilizing this framework is to allow Arabic to take its rightful place in Europe (and the West in general), alongside the other living languages of the world.