Teaching tools and ideas for online language courses: How

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Teaching tools and ideas for online
language courses: How I created an online
Arabic language class
Maha Sweis- Dababneh, Ph.D.
Moraine Valley Community College
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Arabic Language has some challenging
particularly for people who speak
English for the following reasons:
The Arabic script is written in a Cursive style,
Letters are connected
The Arabic language is written right to left
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Letters have slightly different shapes
depending on where they take place in a
word
In general Arabic sounds use a wider range
of mouth and throat positions than English
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Further, In Arabic language we use
diacritics marks, or short vowels. These
are symbols or signs that are placed on or
underneath a letter, to indicate that it has
a different pronunciation
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Arabic has very few irregular
verbs and does not use "is" or
"are" at all in the present tense:
"the boy tall"
means "the boy is tall"
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Teaching Arabic Online
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Teachers Tools
Students Tools
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Teachers Tools
1- Learning Activities
2-Assignments
3-Assessments
4-Grading
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1- Learning Activities
A-Teachers Tools
For Arabic 101, I have created 10 learning modules, which
include a series of videos using “Smart Pen” technology,
smart pen allowing me to record everything I say or write.
Those clips are linked to course documents that students
can then follow.
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Teachers Tools- SmartPen
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B-Voice Recording- PowerPoint voice recording
PowerPoint
Smooth Draw with Tablets
Bamboo Tablets
SmoothDraw website
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B-Voice Recording- Movie Maker
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Engaging - Ning Website
It is an online destination where students
can submit photos, videos, homework, and
blog posts
Ning website allows students to be more
engaged in the classroom; therefore they do
not feel alone.
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Teachers Tools- Ning
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2- Assignments
Particular Assignments
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Online Quizzes
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4-Grading
Microsoft Word
Paint Program
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Students Tools
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Blackboard – first page
Expectation
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Guidelines
Examples- Paint Program
How to use Paint Program:
While you are on your computer
Desktop
Click on START
Then click on ACCESSORIES
Then click on PAINT
Write your answers, save and then
Attach as a word document
Upload to blackboard
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Example -Guidelines
How to do voice recording
If you are going to have any homework that required pronunciation (Audio record), you can use
the following tools:
Materials Microphone
Instructions You are going to prepare and submit only 1 voice recording in Arabic using the
content that you have learned .Before you begin this assignment, I have 3 suggestions:
1) Have your responses in front of you already prepared so you do not have several pauses in
your recording,
2) Listen to your recording a few times to make sure that you are satisfied with your responses
and
3) Check your microphone volume.
Step 1: Open PowerPoint.
Step 2: On slide 1, write: your name, Voice recording number, ARB 101-300.
Step 3: Click on Slide Show located in the tool bar and select Record Narration or
Record Slide Show.
Step 4: Click OK to begin recording your responses.
Step 5: Save your recording as, for example: Maha Sweis- Voice recording 1.
Step 6: Finally, attach and submit the PowerPoint file in Blackboarddropbox.
You also, can use different tools, such as your cell phone, record, then upload and post in
Blackbord- dropbox.
You can use any other tools you are acquainted with to record your voice.
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Example -Guidelines
How to install Arabic keyboard
GO TO
START
SETTING
CONTROL PANEL
REGIONAL AND LANGUAGE
OPTIONS
CLICK
ARABIC
APPLY
THEN CLICK OK, AND CLOSE IT.
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Students Tools - Connecting
Paint Program
Smooth draw
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Students- Samples ( connecting)
Cell Phone
Paint Program/
smoothdraw
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Voice Recording - Examples
PowerPoint – Voice recording
Youtube- collaborate with another
student
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Voice Recording – Voki website
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Voice Recording- windows7
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Thank you
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