The NAA Arabic curriculum recognizes the importance of Arabic as the language of the Holy Qur’an. The Arabic curriculum emphasizes reading, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, and grammar. In order to choose the best teaching style for each student, our teachers become familiar with their educational level. The teacher has the ability to meet the learning needs of students through differentiating the lessons. In addition, they are able to supply the students with the knowledge and understanding of the material being taught.
After teaching students an appropriate level of reading and comprehension skills, the focus shifts to conversation skills. Teachers help them memorize Arabic vocabulary nouns and verbs in order to enhance students’ understanding of the Quran. In addition, they develop conversational lessons designed to teach how to use the language in practical settings and situations that they face in daily life.
At NAA, Arabic instruction is divided into grades and levels.
Pre-K to 3rd grade:
The students learn the same Arabic curriculum. Learning strategies used:
- Cards are used in teaching words, sentences, and answering questions.
- Use new words to make sentences, ask questions and give answers, correct wrong sentences.
- Arabic culture stories.
- Show and tell plus similar techniques.
4th grade to 8th grade:
Students are divided into four levels. Each level has a special curriculum. To speak a language well, in a culturally authentic way, the speaker must develop skills in four specific areas. The four components of competency are:
- Strategic competence: knowing how to sustain conversation.
- Linguistic competence: Using the correct grammar and syntax.
- Sociolinguistic competence: Knowing when and how to use culturally appropriate language.
- Discourse competence: being able to use language for a wide range of functions.
Ten teaching techniques for Arabic:
- Teach meaning not form.
- Teach the whole before the part.
- Follow the natural sequence of learning language skills.
- Think as a learner while developing lessons as a teacher.
- Be creative.
- Assign quality tasks not quantity tasks.
- Teach the language not about the language.
- Use simulations and games as much as you can.
- Match between teaching styles and learning styles.
- Use audio-visual techniques.