ADEC organizes the first Arabic Teacher Language Forum under the motto “Eye on Arabic … Eye on Education”

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) will hold the first forum for Best Practices in Learning Arabic on March 6th 2014. The Forum, which will be organized by the ADEC’s Curriculum Division, is part of numerous initiatives conducted by ADEC to enhance and promote Arabic language.

The forum will shed light on the efficient projects, successful experiences and effective practices in learning Arabic for all Arabic teachers across ADEC schools. Hence, the event will attract different attendees, such as curriculum specialists, heads of faculties, education specialists as well as teachers working for public and private schools.

The forum also represents an opportunity for teachers to display their experiences related to best educational curricula and most effective educational methods used to achieve continuous development, which will reflect positively on the level of students. The three main corners of the triangle of education; the learner, the teacher and the curriculum should be taken into consideration within a collective framework including: creativity, innovation and interaction in school life.

Therefore, some of the most prominent experts in Arabic language are expected to attend the forum along with outstanding speakers, media experts and prominent figures.

The selection of the motto (Eye on Arabic Eye on Education) reflects the importance of Arabic language as it is the cornerstone of modern education; it is also the foundation of the cultural identity which represents a key component of the development process in the UAE. Thus, there is a focus on promoting the learning of the Arabic language and the development of standards-based curriculum in accordance with requirements of the New School Model.

The Assessment Committees of the Arabic Language Forum attracted various participants in the Arabic Teachers Forum; most important of which was focused on the experience of ADEC in teaching Arabic language through a standard-based curricula and continuous assessment through the text program “Tama’an”.

In addition to innovative experiments in teaching reading and writing, as well as practical study programs approved by ADEC to support and enrich the Arabic language such as: “Scrabble ” “My Newspaper” and the “UAE Alphabet Kit.” It is also remarkable how teachers of other subjects, which are being taught in Arabic, participated through presenting their experiences in linking the curricula of Islamic Studies or Social Studies with standards of Arabic Language learning; using different strategies such as: image analysis, various charts, mind maps, the integration of drawing and written expression, intellectual stimulation and brainstorming, as well as the use of technology, all kinds of reading, and the vocabulary wall.

Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of ADEC, said: “ADEC is organizing this forum as part of its growing focus on Arabic language and teaching Arabic, as well as presenting its best teaching practices, taking into account that the new school model focuses on acquiring the Arabic language through practices beyond the duration of Arabic classes. These practices are based on scientific standards that all Arabic curricula’s adhere to.

Arabic teachers as well as other teachers using Arabic medium, should be innovative in building these curricula’s, planning its lessons and teaching them to students. Therefore, teachers have every right to be granted the opportunity to present their experiences and get to know the best practices in the field of teaching Arabic. Especially that ADEC has some outstanding teachers whose enriching experiences are worthy of becoming a role model”.

“This forum will also include an assessment scope that reflects ADEC’s commitment to monitoring Arabic teaching programs and evaluating them. It also implements teacher evaluating standards which includes four basic factors: professional standards, curricula standards, classroom standards and local community standards,” added Dr. Al Khaili.

Dr. Karima Al Mazroui, Director of ADEC’s Curriculum Division, pointed out that ADEC has communicated with public and private schools in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al-Gharbia to send the best projects, presentations, experiences and practices that have been implemented in the field of Arabic teaching. She also stressed that this event is far from theorizing and aims to benefit teachers and help them develop their classroom skills.

Dr. Al- Mazroui reiterated that the forum’s target audience will include Arabic teachers from all academic stages across Abu Dhabi schools. She added that they will participate in the forum through a practical engaging process that provides an opportunity to exchange views and educational experiences as well as discuss language and education related issues. She also explained that the forum aims to contribute to the development of Arabic language teachers, whether they are only attending or participating in the presentation of projects. It also aims to present the most prominent practices and projects in teaching and learning Arabic in schools of Abu Dhabi, exchanging experiences between Arabic teachers, enhancing the spirit of positive competition among Arabic teachers who will be able to present their good practices in teaching and learning Arabic language. The forum will encourage Arabic teachers to strive for excellence in teaching Arabic language skills and thereby enable them to achieve learning outcomes that can be linked to that forum. The forum also aims to train the private education sector and the community to engage actively in the field of improving Arabic language teaching and enhancing Arabic language status among native speakers in the UAE.

Dr. Al-Mazroui stressed that the need for worksheets addressing practices in the field of e-learning has been emphasized as a key objective of the forum so as to utilize modern technology in support of Arabic language learning among students, especially since students have a kind of stagnation in all activities, and must be motivated by the technological means they love most, to best serve Arabic language. Al-Mazroui underscored the high importance of employing creative mechanisms and strategies that can improve reading, writing and research, which are in conformity with the Arabic language standards and learning outcomes adopted in ADEC.

Dr. Ali Abdel-Qader, Head of the Arabic Curricula Division, said that the preparations for this Forum have been in progress since the beginning of the academic year 2013/2014 and were made public only in the annual International Day of the Arabic language on December 18th as part of committing to ADEC’s plan.

ADEC views this day as a starting point for permanent Arabic language organizational and community work, so it would not only include an event to celebrate every now and then.

A steering committee has been compiled to supervise the forum and has introduced a three phase plan; introductory phase where the theoretical framework of the forum is developed and its targets are set based on the objectives of the curricula division emerging from ADEC’s vision to give Arabic language the attention it deserves. Then the date of the forum is announced and teachers and educators are invited to participate by sending research papers and presentations.

The second phase is the “assessment and final selection” where presentations to be introduced in the forum are selected; this phase will include training for presenters of the successful projects in an interpretation of ADEC’s interest in building Arabic teachers’ skills and supporting them on their cognitive level in order to present their experiences in the best way possible.

Finally, the third phase includes launching the forum itself where best practices in the field of learning Arabic will be presented. He explained that what sets this forum apart from any other educational gathering is that it is teacher-centric; and teachers are always the target of any desired development. This phase presents all effective practices in a practical manner which is quite far from theorizing