Now it’s Your Turn….What Do You Think?
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Have you come across any interesting virtual realia resources (i.e. digital images) in your learning/teaching of Arabic – if so, please contribute to this website to enhance our database of resources and benefit the learning of the online community.
Also, if you would like to comment on the linguistic accuracy of the written Arabic or translated English – your contributions will be much appreciated.
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Feedback & Reviews from users
J. Spiller, eLearning Team, Uni. of Edinburgh, 05/05/08
Firstly, I like the way that you have structured the ‘e’ content into v-Arabic, e-Arabic and m-Arabic and so clearly accessing the 3 strands of available online/electronic resources.
The provision of access to virtual realia, and directing learning activities around them, gives students a real sense of the arabic language in real contexts, helping to prepare them for their extended stay in an Arabic-speaking country.
And all integrated around a weekly topic/theme, brings a cohesion to the content as a whole. As someone who spent a year and a half in Cairo and not only learnt a bit of Arabic but was also teaching English, I think this sort of topic-based structure with a clear integration of language learning elements is using ‘e’ content at its best.
I just wanted to say that I thought this activity (Bilingual BBC Radio Programme : Life without TV or Telephone) was really useful. It was great to have the English base to the interview, then to hear it translated into slow and clear Arabic. It was also useful to find a topic relating to our own doorstep! You e-activities certainly make learning a lot more interesting. Thanks also for thinking of the get well soon card. (Animated e-Greeting Cards Realia) These kinds of everyday expressions stick in one’s mind much better for seeing them attached to pictures and learning them in context.
Dr. E. Kendall, Uni. of Edinburgh, 10/03/08
The virtual realia materials you are compiling are excellent. I particularly like this week’s realia, which offer a wide choice (posters, book covers, signs) of real-life situations in which the human rights vocabulary taught might be encountered. This kind of contextualization of classroom work is invaluable. It is extremely encouraging for students to see the words they are learning on paper appear in real life situations.
Wow!!! this is amazing – its like a real virtual newspaper! And the magnifying glass works!! – Interactive Virtual Online Arabic Newspaper
Dr. A. Newman, University of Durham, 21/02/08
The students are indeed very fortunate to have these tools! – I think v-Arabic looks absolutely splendid — you can’t buy that kind of publicity! – with warmest wishes