Do worms fall in love?
A couple of weeks ago the teachers at Sharek Centre were treated to a whole day of training on the use of video in the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language. The course looked at the enormous potential for learning that can come out of using short videos in class, as well as in doing projects where learners of Arabic at all levels create their own simple films. It was led by my good friend Jamie Keddie, a leading expert in this field who shared with us loads of innovative ideas for our Arabic through Film course.
In the video below you can see an example of one of Jamie’s ideas put into practice in a very simple film made by a beginner level learner of Arabic (me!). You can read about the technique here. The video makes it seem like I’m much more fluent than I really am. Is this cheating? Well, maybe it is, but as a life long language learner, and sometimes not a very successful one, I’m convinced that having the experience of hearing yourself speaking fluently, is a big step towards actually becoming fluent. What do you think? Would it work for you in the language you are learning? Please let us know in the comments below.