The first student's book contains 5 units, each with 5 lessons and a test. The book in total includes 25 lessons and 4 unit tests. Each lesson consists of a text that includes conversation, an illustrated story, illustrated vocabulary, practice with sounds and letters, two exercises on linguistic structures and conversation, and writing practice. Then, students should complete the accompanying exercises in the the activity book.
Series goals and components: The goal of the I Love Arabic series is to enable the student’s verbal and written communication skills in Arabic. To achieve this goal, the series provides the student with educational materials that help them to use the classical language from the start, while also creating an opportunity to use what is learned in real-life situations. While this series is directed at non-native speaking children between the ages of 4 and 12, it is also useful in teaching Arab children all over the world. This series consists of 8 levels which contain a student textbook, workbook, and teacher book. Some levels also include audio tapes (sold separately). Also in this series the book "I Love Arabic Teacher's Guide" is for using images and cards in teaching Arabic.
Particular times to teach the units: The series books are taught in about 600 classes (with the average class being 40 minutes). Each level has 100 classes, distributed as follows:
For the first two books: 75 Classes for the student's book 25 Classes for the exercise workbook
From the third book to the sixth book: 80 Classes for the student's book 20 Classes for the student's book
Educational content: The series displays Arabic Islamic manners in an attractive, motivating style for children. It also supplies the student with different levels of general education appropriate to the age (especially the first book). The subjects discussed in this series are child-friendly and include topics such as hobbies and toys, life in school and at home, and relationships with friends, neighbors and relatives. It also studies the animal and plant worlds, the outside world like the village and the city, geographical information about the Arab countries, historical information, good manners and scientific facts.
Lingual content: The series displays the vocal system for the Arabic language in its different phenomena and presents vocabularies built around a child. The elementary stage of the series covers around 1,500 words, with the focus in the first two books being on the sensory vocabulary. It also supplies the child with a number of basic grammar structures (about 300 compositions), and each lesson contains a specific number of vocabulary, structures and expressions. Additionally, the concept of progression is used from one book to another and from one lesson to another.
Integration between lingual skills: The series deals with the four main lingual skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing and uses a complete and balanced approach to all four skills. Special attention is given to speaking and listening in the first two books, and reading and writing are the focus in the third through the sixth books.
Ways of presenting the educational material: Various techniques were used throughout this series to make the lessons more interesting for the child. Stories, chants, songs, conversations, lingual games, and amusing homework assignments designed to provoke the student's motivation and needs utilizing child skills such as drawing, coloring and teamwork were used. The series contains different kinds of lingual exercises that suit the child, with emphasis on mental and physical activities in an individual, couple, and group setting. Each book of the series contains a number of tests for evaluating and measuring the student's progress in learning the language. A test is included at the end of each educational unit; therefore, each book has four transitory tests. The curriculum depends heavily on the use of pictures so the student can easily comprehend the meaning, without turning to an intermediary language. Thus, they are given the opportunity to think and express themselves in a fun and interactive way.
Figured dictionary: The first two books contain a figured dictionary at the end. This dictionary includes the sensory words mentioned in the lessons so that their meanings remain in the student's memory, and they can reference, if necessary. The figured dictionary also prepares the student to use the Arabic dictionary in the future.
Vocabulary list: There is a list of vocabulary at the end of each of the six books. These lists contain all the words that were introduced in each book and are arranged alphabetically for easy referral.
Teaches Arabic as a primary language
Uses vowelled letters (diactrical marks, or tashkeel)
Textbooks focus: listening, writing, reading, and speaking
Workbooks focus: exercises and games that support the textbook
Evaluations follow every 5 lessons
Exposes students to common terminology
Illustrated dictionary plus vocabulary list
Ideal for Western students; themes are heavily cultural, not necessarily Islamic.
A comprehensive curriculum for teaching Arabic to non-native speakers in full-time Islamic and public schools
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