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Join us as we dive into the vibrant world of Arabic language education, sharing resources, interviews with experts, success stories, and discussions of hot topics in the field. Get ready to be inspired, equipped, and connected in your journey as an Arabic language enthusiast. Hosted by Caroline Sibley, teaching assistant professor of Arabic at UNC Chapel Hill, and produced by QFI, an organization committed to advancing the value of teaching and learning Arabic as a global language.  

All Things Arabic Caroline Sibley and QFI

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Join us as we dive into the vibrant world of Arabic language education, sharing resources, interviews with experts, success stories, and discussions of hot topics in the field. Get ready to be inspired, equipped, and connected in your journey as an Arabic language enthusiast. Hosted by Caroline Sibley, teaching assistant professor of Arabic at UNC Chapel Hill, and produced by QFI, an organization committed to advancing the value of teaching and learning Arabic as a global language.  

    Arabic Language Assessments Part II: Examining the Arabic GCSE

    Arabic Language Assessments Part II: Examining the Arabic GCSE

    In the UK, teachers are calling for changes to the current language assessment models. The difficulty of Arabic language assessments and a disconnect between classroom teaching and exams are potentially deterring students from studying the language.
    This episode of All Things Arabic discusses teachers’ experiences with the Arabic GCSE and the changes they recommend to improve student experiences and encourage further language study. Contributing guests are Fatima Mohamed, an Arabic teacher at a girls school in England, and Luma Hameed, an associate lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London and a leader of the Arabic teachers Council in London and southern England.
    References:
    Arabic Teachers Council in London and Southern England: https://arabicteacherscouncil-london.com/homeBritish Council: https://www.britishcouncil.org/Arabic Honor Society: https://www.qfi.org/students/arabic-honor-society/ Arabic Teacher Councils: https://www.qfi.org/teachers/arabic-teacher-councils/Glossary of terms:
    GCSE: The General Certificate of Secondary Education is a set of qualifying exams in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.Edexcel, or Pearson Edexcel: The only privately-owned exam board in the United Kingdom, and the only exam board to offer Arabic.ACTFL: The Association for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, https://www.actfl.org/ CEFR: The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), an international standard for describing abilities of foreign language learners.Contact information
    We welcome comments or suggestions. Contact us at communications@qfi.org.
    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the hosts and guests are solely their own and do not reflect the views of QFI. QFI does not endorse any products or services mentioned.
    QFI is an organization committed to advancing the value of teaching and learning Arabic as a global language. Visit our website to learn more, qfi.org.

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    • 28 min
    What Arabic Can Learn From Other World Languages

    What Arabic Can Learn From Other World Languages

    What lessons can other languages provide Arabic teachers? In this episode of All Things Arabic, Ann Marie Gunter, a World Language Consultant in North Carolina, discusses how other global languages like Mandarin overcame challenges that now face Arabic language programs, and strategies to boost enrollment, from offering online classes to Seal of Biliteracy programs to building teacher capacity.
    References:
    North Caroline Arabic Teachers Council: https://tarheels.live/ncatc/#:~:text=Established%20in%202021%2C%20the%20North,language%20programs%20across%20the%20state. North Carolina Virtual Public School: https://ncvps.org/Critical Needs Languages: https://exchanges.state.gov/clsSeal of Biliteracy: https://sealofbiliteracy.org/Arabic Honor Society: https://www.qfi.org/students/arabic-honor-society/Glossary of terms:
    FLANC - Foreign Language Association of North Carolina: https://www.flanc.org/CLTA-NC - Chinese Language Teacher Association of North Carolina: https://cltanc.com/Contact information
    We welcome comments or suggestions. Contact us at communications@qfi.org.
    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the hosts and guests are solely their own and do not reflect the views of QFI. QFI does not endorse any products or services mentioned.
    QFI is an organization committed to advancing the value of teaching and learning Arabic as a global language. Visit our website to learn more, qfi.org.

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    • 22 min
    Art of Argument: Supporting Secondary School Arabic Debaters

    Art of Argument: Supporting Secondary School Arabic Debaters

    This episode dives into Arabic debate at the high school/secondary school level. Arabic debate seems to be more than just a linguistic exercise; students are advancing in their language and critical thinking skills and are finding joy in learning, all within the school setting.
    This episode features secondary school Arabic debater and team captain Mariana McCottry, her Arabic teacher and debate coach Rana Nasser, and principal Dr. Caroline Sanchez, all from Cumberland International Early College High School in North Carolina. They share tips for success in debate, what’s needed to start a debate team and recruit students, and the value-added of the Arabic program and debate team at their school. Tune in for an inside scoop into secondary school Arabic debate!
    References:
    Flipgrid (now called Flip)Arabic Honor SocietyStart an AHS ClubWorld Arabic Language DayU.S. High Schools Arabic Debating ChampionshipHow to Become a DebaterDebate ModulesContact information
    We welcome comments or suggestions. Contact us at communications@qfi.org.
    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the hosts and guests are solely their own and do not reflect the views of QFI. QFI does not endorse any products or services mentioned.
    QFI is an organization committed to advancing the value of teaching and learning Arabic as a global language. Visit our website to learn more, qfi.org.

    Follow us on: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube

    • 30 min
    UNC vs. Duke: Rivalry Renewed in the Arabic Debate Championship

    UNC vs. Duke: Rivalry Renewed in the Arabic Debate Championship

    Join us this week as we follow two university Arabic debate teams as they prepare for a national competition and make every effort to come out on top. UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University’s rivalry is age-old: Who has the better basketball team? Who has a more beautiful campus? Which shade of blue is better: light Carolina blue or dark Duke blue? And now, who has the fiercest Arabic debate team?
    In 2022, Duke and UNC students joined forces to win the 3rd US Universities Arabic Debating Championship. In 2023, they will face off, all in Arabic. Hear from UNC and Duke debate team captains Jasper Schutt and Majid Al Munefi about their experiences with Arabic debate and the hard work of both teams to prepare for the championship. Are you #teamUNC or #teamDuke?

    We welcome comments or suggestions. Contact us at communications@qfi.org. 
    Contact information
    We welcome comments or suggestions. Contact us at communications@qfi.org.
    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the hosts and guests are solely their own and do not reflect the views of QFI. QFI does not endorse any products or services mentioned.
    QFI is an organization committed to advancing the value of teaching and learning Arabic as a global language. Visit our website to learn more, qfi.org.

    Follow us on: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube

    • 37 min
    Arabic Language Assessments Part I: Teaching for Proficiency in the US Immersion Classroom

    Arabic Language Assessments Part I: Teaching for Proficiency in the US Immersion Classroom

    With the expansion of Arabic language programs across the US, UK and Europe, educators and their institutions are striving to strengthen methods for teaching and learning Arabic, just like any other global language. 
    This episode discusses one of the proficiency and performance assessment techniques and language standards used in some US classrooms. Guests Rolla Elsaiary, Magnet Coordinator at Arabic Immersion Magnet School in Houston, Texas, and Amanda Minnillo, a Language Specialist at Avant MORE Learning, share their opinions on what's working and what needs changing in their contexts. 

    References:
    QFI Can Do Statements for Dual Language Immersion ProgramsDLI OverviewWhat Is CLIL? The Global Trend in Bilingual Education ExplainedAvant Assessment STAMP Teacher Power Up Guide Avant STAMP™ Glossary of terms:
    ACTFL:  American Council on the Teaching of Foreign LanguagesAIMS:  Arabic Immersion Magnet SchoolCLIL:  Content and Language Integrated LearningSTAMP:  Standards-Based Measure of ProficiencyContact information: We welcome comments or suggestions. Contact us at communications@qfi.org. 
    Contact information
    We welcome comments or suggestions. Contact us at communications@qfi.org.
    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the hosts and guests are solely their own and do not reflect the views of QFI. QFI does not endorse any products or services mentioned.
    QFI is an organization committed to advancing the value of teaching and learning Arabic as a global language. Visit our website to learn more, qfi.org.

    Follow us on: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube

    • 33 min

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