Arabic Teaching Methods used in Aldiwan Center instruction
This article is briefly describing Aldiwan Center Teaching Methods and its pedagogical implications in classroom and in students learning outcome.
The teaching methods used at Aldiwan Center are based on the Audio-Lingual Method with a Communicative approach. This effective method and this approach have been proven successful in foreign language instruction worldwide.
Instead of using an intermediary language in teaching foreign language, the Audio-Lingual method requires that only the target language to be used in classroom instruction as well as in study. This method gives equal attention to the development of all the four language skills, starting with Listening, then focusing on Speaking, Reading, and Writing. This method has been proven highly successful because the student starts speaking Arabic immediately.
The Communicative approach aims at making the student communicate using the target language in real situations. Aldiwan team works hard all the time to create many real situations outside the classroom for every student, through acquaintanceship, activities, groups, visits, phone chats, short and long trips, and the exchange of tapes and other live media.
Aldiwan also uses numerous teaching aids to improve the learning environment. These aids include: reading selections from various genres, pictures, comic strips, posters, cards, audio tapes, CDs, video tapes, local and international Arabic magazines and newspapers, and recreational trips.
With the help of these and other aids, learning Arabic becomes incredibly enjoyable, easy, and appealing to the student.
Evaluation and Assessment System
"Continuous Evaluation" of all instructional components: Student, Teacher, Curriculum, and Administration is our main principle. We have accordingly implemented the following evaluation systems in order to continuously improve the instructional components of our program:
* Student Evaluation System
* Teacher Evaluation System
* Curriculum Evaluation System
1 - Student Evaluation System
A- Aldiwan Center Student Evaluation Framework:
1. A placement test must be taken before the student starts taking courses. This test helps us determine exactly what level of language proficiency the student possesses at the onset of his or her studies
2. A daily evaluation is conducted through homework assignments, class participation, and quizzes
3. Midterm Exam
4. Final Exam
B- Aldiwan Center Student Evaluation and Grading System:
At Aldiwan Center, the student's learning performance is evaluated according to the following system:
Teacher and Curriculum Evaluation System
1 - Teacher Evaluation System
A. Daily administrative supervision and follow-ups on teacher performance using technical forms and logs
B. A teacher evaluation form, which the students will fill out at the end of each course
C. Periodic discussions with students on their opinions of the study system, their feelings regarding the achievement of their study goals, and their suggestions by way of improvement
2 - Curriculum Evaluation System
Aldiwan Center organizes regular instructor meetings and workshops to evaluate curricula, making the necessary additions or changes in an effort to better meet the students' goals and increase our effectiveness in language instruction.