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Apr 07, 2017 Author: sharekcentre
Learning the Arabic script (1) Quickspell!

This week I’m publishing the first of three posts describing different activities that can be used to learn the Arabic alphabet in more enjoyable ways than writing the same letters, or words, again and again and again. One of such activities is what we call “quickspell”:

The teacher hands out a set of cards for each student in the classroom.

Each set includes 4 decks of cards for each one of the four shapes that letters can take in the Arabic script, so that we have one set for the isolated form, one set for the initial form, one set for the middle form and one set for the final form.

Then the teacher asks the students to write a word; it could be a word that the learners know or that they don’t know, and they need to write the word using the cards.

The activity is actually trickier than it might seem, as some cards could be upside down, and all the participants have to go through the decks fast enough to beat the others.

I think the activity is a lot of fun; it works great with teams of learners trying to “outspell” their opponents. It can also involve students at different degrees of knowledge of the Arabic script, just by putting in order the decks of the lower level students while shuffling and turning upside down the letters of the more advanced ones.

At Sharek we had a great time with Nick and Rahaf, as you can see in the video below. So what are you waiting for? We’re waiting for you at Sharek and get ready to quickspell!

-Ed

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