The Second Series of BATA Webinars: Blended Learning and the teaching of Arabic language, culture and literature.
This series will focus on Blended learning and will offer colleagues a platform to explore the opportunities and challenges of delivering Arabic teaching inside and outside the classroom. It comprises several online webinars delivered by experienced educators in Language Teaching. Webinars are free for BATA members and subscribers, so please subscribe if you have not done so!
To apply for BATA membership, or subscribe to BATA newsletter, please visit our website at https://britisharabicteaching.org/membership/
FIRST webinar of the 2nd series Teaching Online: Levelling up Language Proficiency through Stories: by Susan Wicht on 25th of November 2020 at 5pm.
The recordings for this webinar can be found HERE
Susan Hanna Wicht has taught Arabic language and culture at different institutions in the United States and in Europe. She holds a Master of Arts in Bilingual Bicultural Education from Teachers College Columbia University (2015). She has worked with the Research Center at City University New York (CUNY) on the Arabic curriculum content for Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE). She is currently working on an Arabic language curriculum exploring Arab cultures, and incorporating stories by Arab authors. In 2019/2020, she co-led the New York Arabic Teachers’ Council (NYATC), organising events and activities for Arabic teachers. She has presented a number of webinars on best practices in teaching Arabic. Susan’s interests center on bilingual education, language and culture in curriculum design, Arabic instruction development, and Arabic stories as a source of language acquisition.
SECOND webinar of the 2nd series Developing Online Language and Translation Teaching Materials: A Reflective account of preparing materials on and during Covid-19 By Dr Mariam Aboelezz on 18th of December 2020 at 5pm.
Dr Mariam Aboelezz is a Lecturer (Education) in Arabic translation at UCL. She has a PhD in Linguistics and MA in Language Studies from Lancaster University. She taught sociolinguistics and applied linguistics at Lancaster University and Birkbeck College prior to her current appointment. Her research falls within the field of Arabic linguistics. Mariam is also a practising translator and interpreter: She is a Chartered Linguist with a Diploma in Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists, and is certified Legal Translator by the UAE Ministry of Justice. She has been a Translation Officer at the British Library / Qatar National Library Partnership Programme since 2016.
THIRD webinar of the 2nd series “أخذه قصرًا أم أخذه قسرًا”
Phonological Challenges Faced by AFL Learners and Teachers By Dr Muntasir Al-Hamad on 12th of February 2021.
The recording for this webinar will be made available soon!
In this Webinar Dr. Al-Hamad will the explore the phonological challenges encountered by learners and teachers of Arabic. Drawing on key frameworks in the field, he will examine fluency and accuracy in phonological competence, highlighting the most common errors made by learners with special focus on L1-related challenges in writing and speaking. Dr. Al- Hamad will identify potential reasons for these errors, suggesting strategic ways of developing learners’ skills and overcoming these errors.
Dr Muntasir Al-Hamad worked as a lecturer of Arabic and Oriental Studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University, before moving to Qatar University to teach Arabic at the Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Centre. He provides training and consultancies for various universities, schools, educational firms and publishers in the field of teaching Arabic as a second/foreign language.
Fourth webinar of the 2nd series Arabic teachers’ perceptions and attitudes towards online teaching in Arabic supplementary schools in the UK during Covid-19 By Hebatalla Elhelbawi on 2nd of March 2021 at 5pm.
Registration for this webinar is now OPEN. To register, please click HERE
This webinar will present the findings of a recent study that explored the experience of Arabic teachers who used online platforms to teach Arabic to UK supplementary schools for the first time during Covid-19. Arabic supplementary schools, in the main, provide formal education to children from all backgrounds. The focus of the research is to gain an insight into and understand Arabic teachers’ perceptions and attitudes towards the use of online teaching, the training provided before teaching and the design of the language materials used to support their teaching.
Hebatalla Elhelbawi is an Arabic teacher educator and researcher at Brunel University. Her field of interest is Teacher education and Arabic language teaching using online technology, games and video platforms. She has carried out research on Arabic language learners’ and Arabic teachers’ attitudes towards the Arabic language varieties and to online teaching. She has an MA from SOAS University in Arabic language teaching and is currently studying for a PhD in Arabic language teacher education at Brunel. She worked as a teacher trainer with teachers in the Middle East and in the UK and is currently working on a programme for teacher training and PGCE for Arabic teachers in the Gulf.
The First Series of BATA Webinars: Teaching Arabic Online: Opportunities and Challenges (Materials and recordings for this series can be found HERE)
The theme of the first series focuses on Teaching Arabic online. This series will offer colleagues a platform to explore the opportunities and challenges of delivering Arabic teaching online. It is composed of three online webinars delivered by experienced educators in Language Teaching. Webinars are free for delegates, but priority will be given to BATA members and subscribers, so please subscribe if you have not done so! To apply for BATA membership, or subscribe to BATA newsletter, please visit our website at: https://britisharabicteaching.org/membership/
Information about registration and programme can be found HERE.
Over 100 colleagues have attended BATA webinars. Below are some screenshots from the webinars.