بقلم فريق المعهد العربي … أجمع
لتسعة أشهر مضت
بدأنا العمل حثيثاً على تحقيق فكرة
كان بَعضُنَا يجدها خيالية بعض الشئ
ولم نفرغ بعد منها
ولكننا على الأقل دونّا كل ما يتعلق بها
أو هكذا نظن
وبنهاية اليوم ستصلنا عينات من البطاقتين الذهبية والفضية
البطاقة التي أنهكت مصممينا
أخيراً سيُصبِح لدينا نادٍ
لا نعرف بعد كيف سيبدو
ولكننا نعلم أننا سنتحدث فيه بالعربية
وليس الفصحى فحسب
بل بكل اللهجات والألوان
ودون إعداد مسبق
وكما نفعل كل يوم ودون جهد يذكر
سنتحدث إلى طلابنا
الذين بالكاد يعرفون الهجائية
وإلى غيرهم ممن يحب الانضمام إلينا
علموا بالعربية أم لم يعلموا
ولسنا نشعر بالذنب
كسابقة في تاريخنا القصير بالتعليم
النادي مفتوح للعرب والعجم
وللمثقفين ومن هم دونهم
أن لغة الحديث فيه هي العربية
ولا أخرى سوى العربية
قد نضطر إلى استعمال لغة العيون
ولكننا نعد أنفسنا وأعضاء نادينا ألا نتحدث بغير العربية
ليوم واحد في الشهر
أو لنقل لـ ٨ ساعاتٍ في يومٍ واحد في الشهر
أمامنا شهور أخرى لتهيئة المقر
وتحضير بعد النشاطات
كَوِرَش الخط العربي
ومنافسات لعبة سكرابل
ومسابقات الشعر والنثر
وبرامج ممتعة أخرى
نكاد نخفيها عن أنفسنا
نكاد نطير من الحماسة
إذ لا أمتع من أن نعيش مغامرة (النادي العربي) داخل المغامرة الأم
انضموا إلى النادي
أو كما اعتدنا قولها بالإنجليزية
Join the club.
By tutors unit, student support unit (LMS management) and R&D
“Learning is a mysterious ability that we share, we, living creatures. It’s this long, complex, self-centric, social, physical, biochemical, emotional interaction we unconsciously make, every moment we truly experience.”
This is how the course A Better Learner By You introduction begins.
This course automatically shows up on the student’s course library once they complete 40 hours of Arabic learning of any track (i.e. online, blended or face-to-face).
Then it continues…
“It forces you, to bring back a countless amount of information the present moment, fetches them into your memories, both the working and the long-term memory, erases old information, interleaves the rest with what you’ve just gained, gives you the pleasure that you can only experience with the uh-ha moment! In short, it is what can truly changes you; and when you do it rightly, it certainly makes you… a better you.”
And the third paragraph…
“As you’ve decided to add a new skill to your unique set, you will find a good amount of information in that will help you moving ahead with your decision of learning Arabic, all that we’ve meant of this course is to refresh your already-stored “chunks” of knowledge that brought you in the first place to this particular moment and offer some new patters and perspectivs as we learn from life, science and from you.”
In a face-to-face track, only a few learners can complete 240 hours of Arabic, the majority can attend up to 120 hours, the exact half, so we had to be very wise in planning and dividing the content of this course.
“We’ve divided this course into 12 modules:
- Coping with learning challenges
- When formal education and life come across
- Summing up and interleaving
- Your brain secrets
- Learning and controlling the necessary technology
- Language-acquisition techniques
- Summing up and interleaving
- Arabic in your daily tasks and career
- Getting the best out of you
- What’s next?
- Summing up and interleaving”
And this is the course TOC. Notice this repeated summing up and interleaving module? Without it, we couldn’t give this course its current name.
You might want to do the same. Whenever you complete three to four chapters of whatever you are learning, pause deliberately, gather all the notes you have jotted down, open up the text you have been reading and reconnect the dots.
Back to the intro…
“Our approach in this course is based on the technique which we refer to as the Active Learning/Skill Cycle ©, it is the secret sauce that keeps your skills fresh, enhanced, recall-able and reliable at any time should you need them.
Try to “plug-in” a skill that you want to learn and watch with your own eyes how this technique is so effective in concreting your skills and knitting them into your own life.”
On the personal and community levels.
Believe it or not, and so far, all of us at The Arabic Institute (Khobar branch) know how to play guitar (each to a certain level of course)!
So, for us, no other skill is better for the “plugin” exercise than learning guitar… Let’s do it!
You teach yourself playing on the guitar on your own or with someone else’s help; then…
→ you convert the verbal and non- verbal information into knowledge;
→ you understand these information and ACCEPT them after long or short processing;
→ you apply that understood knowledge into your instrument, your fingers and you ears;
→ you judge and evaluate your performance, keep trying until perfection and at a certain point, you ask others for their feedback;
Then, we insist on adding this step:
→ once you reach a promising level where you could barely keep your newly acquired skill to yourself and you feel the need to share it all over the world, you must do it the best possible way, and the best form of sharing is teaching. So transfer that information someone who has no prior knowledge;
→ on a personal level, you would surely get new information from your learners, in a form of a question, a gesture or even a feedback. It is your job to convert them into knowledge;
→ and the cycle runs forever…
The same goes with Arabic.
Only because of a course like this one, we were able to understand and develop:
– The Eastern and western learners and all learners in between…Who we have been sharing our insights of them with you.
– Arabic by none-natives… A preparing course that we will provide to our learners of none native to teach others who share their mother tongue.
– Arabic for business programs.
And other information we convert into knowledge and apply onto ourselves as individuals and organization. The active learning/skill cycle © has become a part of our DNA.
“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn from you. All that we’re hoping for is that you can find your own unique path throughtout this course journey and share it with us.
The Arabic Institute team”
The Arabic Institute teams
If you were looking for definitions:
Information is data that has been given some meaning by way of relational connection.
Knowledge is the concise and appropriate collection of information in a way that makes it useful.
Understanding is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that object. Understanding is a relation between the knower and an object of understanding. Understanding implies abilities and dispositions with respect to an object of knowledge that is sufficient to support intelligent behavior.
Putting the PTP framework © into practice
By Susan Ali and the team
H. M. Contacted us:
Please give me a specific starting point if I want to learn formal Arabic (Fusha).
This is our reply:
So, as promised, here are the best resources in which we believe they will give you a solid foundation in learning MSA then progressing to Fusha, your targeted language. To learn the difference between the two please hit the link.
Based on the foundational program Arabic for religious purposes, we recommend the following, ranked from the best to the better:
Offline materials (Books)
- Arabic between (at) your hands series
- Modern Standard Arabic Grammar
- Alkitab Alasasi
- Medina Arabic series
- The book: Learn to read Quran
- Any Quran interpretation in your mother tongue with The Quran being writing in Arabic
- Learn Arabic with Maha YouTube series
Where to purchase:
Amazon.com and Noorart — learn Arabic books for adults
We use these exact offline resources (among others) for our students who study this program , however, we do not have to follow any of which back to back, just what they need.
You probably wonder how and why we come with this list for you and on what grounds, so here is our analysis of your case:
As a learner, you are an Eastern Learner and it is most likely that you are an advanced learner too. What do mean by being an Eastern Learner? The short answer is here, the facts that your mother tongue is Kurdish and you lived or still living in Iraq are playing a significant role in determining your Arabic-learning capabilities.
The long answer is in this link.
As you wish to learn Fusha, the best resources are The Holy Quran and the pre-Islamic era literature, based on what we understood of your level, we are recommending that you start at the foundational level, so the pre-Islamic literature is post pointed for a later stage. Learn more about the foundational level from here.
The single foundational program that matches these requirements among ours is Arabic for religious purposes program as president for the Eastern Learner. Here is the skills distribution of this program:
These are the skills that you need to focus on in any program that you’re committing to. Additionally, you must only use formal Arabic (MSA and Fusha) as an instructional language. Ask your provider to provide you with a similar sheet upon registrations.
Other programs that we highly recommend are:
Arabic for reading and writing
Arabic for religious purposes -Shiat dialects
You can find the equivalent in many offline and online resources as we as blogs and websites. Only focus on choosing the keywords that matching these titles. For example, instead of searching for “Arabic book”, type “Media Arabic books”.
Since you are learning on your own, there isn’t much to provide regarding your track nor your budget, so it’s naturally going to be a self-paced track. Here is a link that explains what we mean by the self-paced track.
Ideally and to get the best out of this track, your tutor dependency should range from 1% — 30% during your studies. So 70% or more is on you, meaning, you plan for your schedule, content/learning consumption, content mastery, homework completion, deadlines and so on. Only when you get stuck in grammar or phonetics for example, or that you want to practice your language with someone knowledgeable, you call for a tutor.
Here you have it! A list of resources customized for your goal of learning Fusha. Feel free to change any element you wish if you think that our assumptions were not in the right place.
We do these steps for any learner who seeks customized program at our school as we follow what we call, the PTP framework ©. We believe that it is one of the best application of the researches done by our R&D and EVERYBODY should benefit from these findings too.
We do these steps for any inquirer who seeks standard plan at our school as we follow what we call, the PTP framework ©. We believe that it is one of the best application of the researches done by our R&D and EVERYBODY should benefit from these findings too.