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World Arabic Language Day 2014



Happy World Arabic Language Day dear Arabic Adventures blog fans!



It has been observed annually on December 18th since 2010 and was established by UNESCO to promote equal use of all 6 of its official working languages and to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity.


Suggested reading:

A good piece summarising the need for such a day, the need to demarginalise Arabic and the place of Arabic in the past and the present. Arabic is worth celebrating, even as it is threatened by ‘Arabish’


Arabic comprehension exercise: Text on World Arabic Language Day and q/a to test understanding. Recommended for Intermediate students of Arabic.

Thoughtful reflections on this day. Must read! World Arabic Language Day: Challenges and opportunities


Qur’anic Arabic resource site. Access to Qur’anic Arabic page.

Happy reading!


Arabic root words activity


Here’s another activity to review the Arabic root word system and the concept that words are created out of three root letters (basic level understanding).

Arabic Verb Roots activity pdf

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Present Tense Arabic activity


Here is an activity to review the Present Tense in Arabic. The girls will get to a stage inshallah where they will be able to translate conjugated verbs like this. Here is the pdf to use in your classroom.

Arabic Present Tense activity pdf

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I hoe you find this activity useful insha Allah. Any comments or suggestions are most welcome! Please like the Arabic adventures FB page. Thank you!


Arabic verb roots activity


The latest grammar rule I introduced to the Year 8s was the Arabic verb root system. Telling them that if they learnt this correctly, they would know 50% of Arabic seemed to do the trick. For me to have even gotten their attention after teaching them 6 grammar rules already was a massive deal. But Allah made things easy for me alhamdolillah!

I introduced the 3 Arabic verb roots as 3 roots of a tree. The fruit the tree has are the words that can be made out of the three roots. Obviously, it will take many more lessons to even get 50% of the class to grasp this weird and wonderful language concept.

Here is an activity I created to help the girls grasp an idea that we talked about related to the Arabic verb system: words are created using the three root letters and additional letters.

Facebook Arabic verb root system activity pdf

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I hope you enjoy using this activity with your class insha Allah!


Surah al-Burooj Arabic cartoon


Next term, my year 9 class will be studying Surah al-Burooj as one of their Surahs for the term.

I came across the Arabic cartoon that I used to watch as a child that explained the story of أصحاب الاخدود (Ashab al-Ukhdood). At the time, I understood very basic Arabic but loved to listen to the language. I think I might send the link to my class to watch in their own time.

I just wish the video was translated. If you do comeacross a subtitled version of this on Youtube, please le me know, so I can update this page insha Allah.


Definite article review


Now that it has been agreed that there will be no use of social media symbols in the textbooks, I am free to publish activities which were included in the books. Apart from that I cannot publish other activities I have included in the books as I signed away the copyright. We aim to make the books available in the UK market in 2016 bi’ithnillah. I’m so excited for that moment as Muslim schools across London are waiting for Al Barakah school to sell such a product. I am deeply grateful to Allah for choosing me to work on it. Ya rabb keep my niyyah pure and accept this from me. Ameen.

It was interesting to see that the older girls didn’t bat an eyelid when they first saw such activities in the books. It was only the 12 year olds (year 8) who were surprised by it. It would be interesting to see what causes that change and in such a short space of time.

The following activities may not be to everyone’s taste/beliefs but teachers up and down the country use such materials in schools so I thought why not for Qur’anic Arabic.

The Definite Article worksheet pdf

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Revision activity: true/false activity


I’ve just created this quick activity to review the detached pronouns, possessive pronouns and prepositions from the grammar points sheets I’ve covered in previous posts.

This true/false activity is a fun activity and I’ll be using it as an activity to be completed in pairs insha Allah.

Here is the pdf for the true/false Arabic grammar activity.

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Arabic Grammar review sheet


This Arabic Grammar review sheet 1 covers:

  • The definite article
  • Detached pronouns
  • Possessive pronouns
  • Demonstrative pronouns
  • Prepositions (the ones I’ve taught the class)
  • Arabic verbal root system (101)

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I hope you find this review sheet useful for your own personal use or for your class iA.

Surah `Abasa `Ilm to `Amal series


My year 10s have now moved on to Surah `Abasa masha Allah. We have so far covered the following:

  • Surah at-Takweer recitation of Arabic
  • Surah at-Takweer tafsir, key themes and action points for daily life derived from this Surah
  • Grammar points: The definite article, detached pronouns, attached pronouns, demonstrative pronouns and prepositions.

In the last lesson, we covered the recitation and brief Tafsir of Surah `Abasa. The students have been given the research of this Surah’s tafsir as h/w as well as to complete one action point.

They can choose one from the following:

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Language Show Live 2014




An accidental click on the Al Jazeera Arabic Language  page  I had bookmarked on my ipad was a fortunate one as the news channel was advertising their stand at the Language Show Live 2014. As a keen linguist who pursued two languages at university, naturally, an entire weekend devoted to languages, the learning and teaching of it at all levels was something to look forward to.

The Arabic department at Al Barakah masha Allah has a watsapp group where we share our resources and advertise events such as these. My mother (a native Arabic speaker) and I went along on Sunday with the aim to represent the Arabic department and to share what we had learned with our colleagues. With a goal in mind, it was easy to remain focused and yet still think laterally as we perused the aisles where Modern Foreign languages were the main focus.

Only a handful of the 130 exhibitors were Arabic language focused and they were: Al Jazeera, The Egyptian Embassy stand, the Anglo-Arabic Company (creators of the “Gateway to Arabic” series) and the SOAS stall where Ilham Salimane – course coordinator of the Diploma to Teach Arabic as a Foreign Language was at. Still, it was inspiring to see that Arabic had been represented and represented well. Alhamdolillah!


First off, we headed to the Al Jazeera stand but noticed the Egyptian Embassy one where many books related to Arabic teaching were displayed. The total lack of engagement from the stall exhibitors quickly reminded us that we had limited time and lots to explore.

The Al Jazeera stand was where the exhibitor couldn’t wait to speak to us, we were talked through how to use the website created for Muslims in the West who want to read and understand the news headlines and Arabic articles on AL Jazeera in a little more depth. Using the articles as a springboard to learn vocabulary and grammar is an excellent way of engaging with the language and seeing it used as it is in daily life.

The website caters for different levels of students, has many interactive activities and best of all gives the learners the opportunity to learn the correct pronunciation. I may just email the link to the parents of my classes or the older students who may want to pursue independent Arabic learning.


verbMaps was another excellent concept where the exhibitor explained how learners of say French are taught verbs by learning the process used to arrive at the correct form. Meaning, the student is taught the process to change a verb into the past, present and future tense for different speakers rather than sitting there staring at a table.

We agreed that it was an excellent idea and obviously our brains were working out how we could manipulate this concept to fit into the Arabic verbal root system. One of the best things about teaching at Al Barakah is that we are always reminded to check whether our students are learning actively – using a concept such as verbMaps turns Arabic verb learning on its head. I am excited to teach it to my classroom in the next few classes.


Another excellent concept was the PostIt notes with vocabulary printed on it.  It is sold by a company called Flashsticks who’ve obviously teamed up with Post-it to deliver this language resource. Clever indeed! flash

The pink for feminine nouns and blue for masculine nouns. The concept is more than that – the children have to scan the postit note with their ipad and the app that accompanies this product will open up a video with the word’s pronunciation. The Arabic version of this product is not out yet but I guess we can manipulate this concept for activities around masculine/feminine nouns, definite/indefinite nouns, sun/moon letters and much more. I’ll be making use of Postit notes a lot more insha Allah.


I restocked my own personal Arabic library with the Gateway to Arabic series books 3-7 which masha Allah are an absolutely amazing resource. I wish I had bought them earlier while I was learning Arabic as it breaks down difficult Arabic concepts into bitesize pieces. I would highly recommend this series for English speakers looking to learn Arabic.


We also bought some recently published books from Lebanon solely focused on explaining short Surahs in a story like way. It is children’s tafsir in Arabic basically. We bought the whole set and will be using them in our classrooms to help the students engage with Arabic – to make them feel like they can read Arabic and understand some of it.

I absolutely love this series as it complements the Al Barakah Arabic departments’ focus on teaching Qur’anic Arabic. Great find mum!

Lastly, just before we had our lunch, customary dates and tea (we’re Arabic teachers after all!) I picked up Linguascopes’s famous verb wheel that deals with irregular verbs. This is what it looks like:


I think it’s a great idea and I am looking at ways to use this concept with Arabic. Perhaps with Arabic verbs in the past form and their meaning. Or even simply, with the vocabulary of a particular Surah. A quick Google search led me to the free graphic organisers offered by the Enchanted Learning site and they can be used to make this in the classroom. Alhamdolillah.

I feel privileged and honoured to have been blessed by Allah to teach his Book to young people. Oh Allah, use us to spread your deen and make our work purely for Your sake! Ameen.