Arabic language learning for children
More and more Muslim parents in the west are now expressing their desire to give
their children a quality education in Arabic, something they do not. I am a parent for
example. I want my children a good knowledge of the language, so no language
barrier between them and their books, the sunna of the Prophet and their prayers.
Islamic schools across the country are doing their best to address issue of Arab
Studies. After visiting about fifty of them, I came to conclusions about how things are
and how they should in this area of research for our full-time and on weekends and
after school. This series will try to organize these thoughts into a coherent and
hopefully positive. In the spirit of pragmatism, do not expect any drastic change in
your local Islamic school because of these articles. It is my hope that at least (a) as
food for thought in your local community and (b) together to be remembered as a joint
effort with a solid powerful program, with new and innovative goals realistic and
PART 1: what our children want to learn Arabic?
In general, why adults learn a new language? Mostly because the goal is to
communicate in that language. In general then, why children learn a new language?
Usually because their teacher told them. This is not curiosity that promotes children's
learning Arabic, is a compulsory. Arab education is not just about specific academic
goals, but also enthusiasm, curiosity and a desire to inject language learning in
children. I never tire of saying that the most important thing you need to study Arabic
is the motivation and the first thing to disappear into thin air when you begin studying
Arabic is the motivation. This is a great concern, even for adults, we must not neglect
its importance in the context of our children.
My personal opinion of the installation of this motivation as a fixture in the lives of
our children is the connection, we can build them and the Quran, especially the Koran
stories. In early levels, we must develop an education strategy which includes
illustrated books that tell them what the people said unto His messenger and the
messenger said to his people. I speak of a training program for our Arab and Islamic
studies teachers where they learn to move, the characters of the imagination to create
stories are evident in the classroom for our children feel that they are standing at the
edge of a cliff to a Part of the water to look, because they can hear the horses enemies
charge towards them and a cloud of dust rising behind them! The teacher tells the
story AMAAAAZING built this incredible tension and said, "and you know what
happened ....". At this stage children have their eyes bulging from their sockets, the
eyes of concern and curiosity that their facial expressions to invade. Some people can
not help themselves and yelling "we mean teachers!" The teacher recites the verse in
an animated fashion that bears his words to life in the classroom without translation.
"The End". "What?" The children cry. "What is that?" "You mean you do not know
what that means? OHOHOHHHO ... let me tell you!" The teacher takes a word of
verse and builds a story around every few seconds and asks, "What's that word?" The
class shouts the answer is making the most nervous about what happens in the
Enliven the story is a great way to curiosity and a great secret method of introducing
the vocabulary to create. Words on a page are boring and only for the students to
remember while they study for a test. Words, phrases that do not even have a
meaning, context memorable into the mind of the student. This, you think, is an
alternative approach to early years learning Arabic, for example, the second category.
This is just a way to increase excitement about the subject.