Arabic revision activity

End of term one revision activity

Alhamdulillah an entire term has passed since i started teaching Arabic every Sunday morning for two hours.

It is the end of term and i wanted to plan a fun activity for them to revise all the rules we had covered so far.

There was 2 parts to lesson.

  1. Retrieval activity – Students were given keywords that we had covered this term. (or words that prompt them to remember rules we had learnt). Students had to brainstorm on A3 paper what they could recall about each keyword. They had 10mins to do the task first without using their books – forcing them to retrieve information from their brains and then as a treat allow them a few minutes to use their books to fill in any missing gaps. (But don’t tell them that they will be able to use their books later on). See pictures below.

2. Translation competition – In groups of 3 students were given different short stories to translate from English to Arabic. The stories incorporated all the rules they had learnt over the term. There was 14 points available per story. However students could not move on to the next story until they had got the first story 100% correct. Every time they got they asked the teacher for help or submitted it incorrectly they lost 0.5 marks. They were allowed to use the vocabulary list and the A3 paper which they had brainstormed the rules on (mentioned above). In order to differentiate the tasks i made mixed ability groups and for every story i asked a different person to write.

The students had lots of fun and the winning group won by 0.5 marks. There was prizes for the winning group and chocolates for all!

Alimiyyah resources, islamicteachingresources, Qasas

Qasas un Nabiyeen – Resources

Ibrahim (as) story

I just finished teaching the story of Ibrahim(as) in Qasas to my first-year Alimiyyah students and thought I would share some resources that I found useful whilst teaching.

The start of the year was a bit difficult as Qasas was the student’s first exposure to Arabic vocabulary and translation. ThereforeI would give them the keywords and then some time to make sentences together. But alhamdulillah as the term progressed and they became more familiar with Arabic I taught them how to use the Hans Wehr dictionary or online app (available on Android or Apple) and they had to come to class with the vocabulary definitions already found. This allowed them to become independent in using an Arabic dictionary confidently and able to find the verb variations themselves also.

Support in teaching the content

Vocabulary – story by story

You will find the vocabulay here organised into keywords for each story. Every verb will have the past tense verb and the present/future tense verb given. Every noun will have the singular and plural shown. Even though the student has not learnt the advanced grammar needed to understand how these are created. It creates familiarity in the student and aids them later in the learning. These keywords were compiled by a collegue of mine and i would like to thank her for allowing me to share them with you all on my blog.

Assessment papers

Revision Summary Sheets

I created these sheets for my students so they could revise the content we have covered. Each sheet has vocabulary nouns and verbs for students to recall, 2 paragraphs of translation from random stories as well as a few questions regarding the context of the story and some basic practice at grammatical analysis. I would recommend you to print them in A3 to allow more space for writing.

Revision summary sheet for Ibrahim (as) story 1-7 – Microsoft word 

Revision summary sheet for Ibrahim (as) story 1-7 – PDF

Revision summary sheet for Ibrahim (as) story 8-13 – Microsoft word

Revision summary sheet for Ibrahim (as) story 8-13 – PDF

Revision summary sheet for Ibrahim (as) story 14 – 3 – Microsoft word

Revision summary sheet for Ibrahim (as) story 14-3 – PDF