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ARABIC student's dictionary

broadcast news

The Arabic Student's Dictionary allows students to look up an Arabic word more accurately than google translate.  The guesswork of figuring out the root is eliminated and you can see words from the root as well any related expressions. The ideal search is from Arabic to English, but you can search by trans-literation or also English words.  Search for any Arabic word or as any verb form.  It currently is available on desktop, mobile, or tablet.  

Please contact Professor Khan for additional information.   

ARABIC FOR BROADCAST NEWS

broadcast news

This website contains speech samples to practice the more specific, stylized content of Arabic-speaking media such as Al Jazeera or BBC News Arabic and to learn more about the Middle East and its conflicting interests as portrayed in broadcast news. Recordings of headlines and short broadcast features (together with print exercises) enhance and train listening comprehension and vocabulary.  This is a companion site for the textbook “Arabic for Broadcast News”. Please contact Professor Khan for access to the webpage.

LIVING ARABIC

Spoken Dialect for First-Year Arabic

Living ArabicIn an attempt to introduce more modern, proficiency-based materials into teaching and learning Arabic, Professor Mikhaeel developed 45 listening passages and 45 dialogues of conversational Egyptian Arabic for first-year students in college.

These recordings, adapted from dialog scenarios and scripts based on Munther Younes introductory course "Living Arabic",  are presented in a web project called “Living Arabic” where they expose students to one of the most widely used Arabic dialects. The material is highly flexible and can be used for self-learning or can be added to any regular classroom instruction. Visit the site here: http://sites.northwestern.edu/livingarabic/

TEACHING ADVANCED ARABIC MANUSCRIPTS

A Pedagogical Tool for the Teaching of Advanced Arabic

reading manuscriptsA longstanding challenge of language instruction is introducing non-native and heritage speakers to ways of writing they have never seen and developing their skills and confidence to get into challenging areas of research typically dominated by native speakers.  In order to teach students how to decipher Islamic manuscripts, Professor Mikhaeel developed an online tool with six pilot lessons for advanced Arabic language students to interact with audio and video explanations while analyzing annotated texts from Arabic Manuscripts from the West Africa collection housed in Northwestern’s Herskovits Library of African Studies. The project, supported by a Provost Award for Digital Learning (2018-2018), was developed by Northwestern’s IT group using the Lightboard as a pedagogical tool. The goal of the project is to expose students to an aspect of humanities research that many will be experiencing for the first time.

CHAPTER ONE CHAPTER TWO
LESSON 1.1 LESSON 2.1
LESSON 1.2 LESSON 2.2
LESSON 1.3 LESSON 2.3


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