v-Arabic : Virtual Arabic
v-tivity : virtual activity
Realia: Real life authentic items
Digitized objects and items from the target culture which are brought into the classroom as examples or aids and used to stimulate spoken or written language production.
Realia is a term used in education to refer to certain real-life objects. In education, realia are objects from real life used in classroom instruction.
In education, realia include objects used by educators to help students to understand better other cultures and real life situations. A teacher of a foreign language often employs realia to strengthen students' associations between words for everyday objects and the objects themselves.
In foreign language instruction, the term realia has a broader meaning, which includes photos of objects from a country where the target language is spoken.
Mme Draime, in response to your comment that, “It is always important to know the language of the enemy!”:
Enemy?! All Arabs are NOT the “Enemy”!
Seriously, folks — have we learned nothing from the Holocaust about making judgements and war against an entire race/culture?
I lost my brother in the military, but he always said that if he was killed, I should never let hate take over my heart – that it is important to fight the enemy where we must, but make friends and allies wherever we can. IT IS ALWAYS HELPFUL TO KNOW THE LANGUAGE OF POTENTIAL FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS!