Directions & Signs in Arabic

This is a YouTube video that could help students on how to ask for directions. It is good for intermediate level Arabic language learners. The length of the video is approximately 4 minutes.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Fahris Or

Why Do We Like Arabic?

This YouTube video presents a group of Arab young guys talking about why they like to study and speak Arabic. Different dialects are featured in this short clip. The length of the video is approximately 2 minutes long.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Google Arabia

Hobbies in Shami Dialect

The speaker in this YouTube video showcases various hobbies in Syria. He explains what were his hobbies as a child, teenager, and adult. He also mentions common places associated with his hobbies. The length of this video is approximately a minute and …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
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Baddi Tkoon (Song)

This video can be used to teach useful keywords and expressions to students. The song is presented in the dialect of the Levant and it is appropriate for Arabic I. Some of the expressions include “I want you to be…”

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Lina Sleibi

Jary Ya Jary

This is a nice show for  teaching North African dialects. Every episode features cultural and other discussions between speakers of various North African dialects. This show is good for advanced level Arabic language learners.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: North African (Algerian, Libyan, Mauritanian, Moroccan, Tunisian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Medi1TB

Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighbourhood

This film tells the story of a Palestinian kid living in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem . The film shows the suffering that he faces with his family under the Israeli occupation. His life is followed for 2 years.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English, Other
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Guardian

Syria Behind the Lines

This political film speaks about the war in Syria. Both views of the war are presented. It is a  good reference film for high school and university students.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: WGBH Educational Foundation

Palestinian Dictionary

This is a funny clip about an American student that wants to learn the Palestinian dialect. He finds it very hard to learn and he runs away. The video is a good source that shows some cultural aspects of Palestine.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
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Palestinian Dialects

In this YouTube video, students will be introduced to different dialects from Palestine and how each of them are associated with a specific regional culture. Students will learn how much diverse is the Arabic language within one country. The length of …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Bokra Site

Arabic Dialects Dictionary

Mo3jam is a website that include thousands of  colloquial  Arabic expressions. The dictionary features various Arabic dialects. Users can add their favorite expressions on the website. 

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Egyptian, Gulf, Levantine, North African | (Algerian, Bahraini, Egyptian, Emirati, Iraqi, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Lebanese, Libyan, Moroccan, Omani, Palestinian, Qatari, Saudi, Sudanese, Syrian, Tunisian, Yemeni)
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
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Cultures of Resistance (Movie)

Cultures of Resistance is a film that focuses on the experiences of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.  In this work, various art forms (music, photography, and film) are utilized to narrate the harrowing stories of resistance and violence that are a par …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Films for Action

Movie – 475

This film tells the story of  Amina Filali who committed suicide in Morocco after she was forced to marry her rapist. This movie shows  the social issues that Moroccan women face. This is a good film for high school and university students.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: North African (Moroccan)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Films for Action

My Escape From Syria: Europe or Die (Short Film)

This film tells the story of Ismail who left Syria because of the War. The destination of Ismail and the rest of the refugees was Europe. It is a great movie to show students the suffering of the immigrants who were forced to leave their country.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Films for Action

Days of Glory (Movie)

This is a well done WWII movie about Algerian soldiers fighting and dying in the liberation of France. The film depicts these Algerian soldiers suffering discrimination within the army and in French society. The film contains graphic combat and sexual …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English, French
Dialect: North African (Algerian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University
Institution/Provider:

Trip of a Syrian Family to Germany

The following film tells the story of a Syrian family as it attempts to reach Germany. The Guardian newspaper followed the family along the trip. This is an excellent movie to reflect on the situation of Syrian refugees. .

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Guardian

Learning the Shami Dialect

This video features Muhammad Al-Khudair sharing basic information about himself. The aim of the video is to introduce students to the dialect of the Levant. The length of the video is approximately 2 minutes.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Mohamed Ansary

Months of the Year Song

This is a children’s song about the months of the year.  The song is presented in the Egyptian dialect. And it is approximately 2 minutes long.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Egyptian
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Ibrahim Koshib

Syrian Children on the Front-Line

This documentary film is about the civil war in Syria and how it  changed the life of the children over there. The video comes from a program by journalist and filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen. The length of the video is approximately 50 minutes long.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Insaan Rights Watch

خرابيش كوميدي

This YouTube page provides a variety of  funny short film clips about different aspects of the Arab culture. The clips are presented in collections, covering many themes. Then length of the clips range from 1-15 minutes.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Jordanian, Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: خرابيش كوميدي

Aamiya Arabiya

This YouTube channel provides authentic materials to teach the students the Jordanian dialect. The videos introduce various aspects of Jordanian and Arab culture. The videos focus on various themes.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine (Jordanian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Aamiya Arabiya

Arabic Online

The following units designed for advanced Arabic language learners are provided by the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University. The units feature authentic texts and audio/video excerpts. While the majority of the u …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Egyptian
Media Format: Streaming Audio, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Western Michigan University

Ramparts of Clay (Movie)

Ramparts of Clay features the story of a young woman confronting gender discrimination. She plays a role in a strike by salt miners in a remote village in southern Algeria. The length of this film is approximately an hour and a half.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, French
Dialect: North African (Algerian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Budrus (Documentary)

This documentary focuses on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It depicts the Israeli separation barrier, non-violence in political activism, and gender roles on both sides of the conflict. The length of this film is approximately an hour and a half. 

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English, Other
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Arna’s Children (Documentary)

This is Juliano Mer Khamis’ documentary on his mother, Arna. An activist against the Israeli occupation, Arna founded an alternative education system for Palestinian children. The length of this documentary film is approximately an hour and a half.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

World Language Classroom Resources

This is a great website for many effective activities and games in our world language classes ( Arabic). You can translate the games and implement them into your Arabic classes very easily. There are 11 categories and you can choose your activities bas …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Desert Sorrows

Desert Sorrows is a dual language (Arabic-English) collection of poetry by the renown Jordanian poet Tayseer Al-Sboul translated by Nesreen Akhtarkhavari and Anthony Lee with an introduction introducing the poet and the translation.  This is an excelle …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Print Publication
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Michigan State University Press

Al-Afak ( The Horizon) – Test 1

This test is about the lesson “Al-Nathafa” for level 3 of the book Al-Afak. It is an example that helps teachers who teach the same book to design their own tests. This exam is predominantly in Arabic with one paragraph that needs to be translated from …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider:

“What did I say?” Listening Assessment

This resource provides information on how to administer varied assessment types.It provides information on how to make the assessments feel less like an exam and more like an activity in order to reduce student anxiety. Assessments to assess students c …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
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Ideas for Listening Assessments

This file contains various ideas for summative listening assessments. Each idea or activity is accompanied by a short description of how to implement it. Some of the listed activities include: dictation, false dictation, first/second, true/false and mu …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
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Reading Comprehension Questions

The following document provides different kinds of questions that teachers can ask students through reading activities to assess their comprehension of the material. Depending on the proficiency level of students in the target language, some questions …

Language of Presentation: English
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School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
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Comprehensible Input

This article discusses 25 ways to find comprehensible input in the classroom. Prior to discussing the examples of comprehensible input, the article encourages teachers to become acquainted with the overall concept. Some of the examples provided include …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
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Warm-Up ideas

Written by Terry Heick, this article presents warm-up activities for the classroom. The article speaks of twelve interesting ideas that will engage students. Each listed activity is accompanied by a detailed description of how to implement it.  

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: TeachThought

56 Different Examples of Formative Assessment

David Wees is a formative assessment specialist with the New Visions for Public Schools. In this presentation he speaks of formative assessment. He provides 56 examples of formative assessment activities with which teachers can engage their students.

Language of Presentation: English
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Self-Evaluation Form

This self-evaluation form is designed for students to use on a weekly basis. The objective of this self-evaluation is for students to identify the daily habits that are contributing to an enhanced acquisition of the language. By completing this evaluat …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
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Comic Book Project

The purpose of this project is to have students practice their writing skills in Arabic. The project consists of creating a comic book that is written in Arabic that is at least 200 words in length. Students are encouraged to use words that their audie …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
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Poem Collaboration Worksheet

“Poem Collaboration” is an activity in which each student in the class needs to choose 10 words from the unit that they are working on.  Upon choosing these words, students are placed in groups and compare the lists that they created.  The objective of …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
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Rap Activity

The following is a worksheet and rubric designed to create a writing activity that can be presented in a group with rap music. The rubric serves to grade the students’ rap. This particular activity can be used to write about many topics pertaining to s …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
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Writing – Speaking Assessment (Novice)

This document contains a collection of activities that are intended to serve as forms of writing and speaking assessments. These activities could be used as a summative assessment. The suggested grading scale for these activities ranges between 10 to 5 …

Language of Presentation: English
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A Ten-Year Class Reunion Project

The purpose of this project is to have students practice their Arabic speaking, listening and writing skills. To complete this assignment, students have to bring at least two pictures for each topic area and cover all the different pieces on the rubric …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
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Learner Centered and Communicative Learning Games: Putting into Practice with Arabic

This presentation contains strategies on how to practice learner centered and communicative learning techniques. There is a series of games/activities that are presented along with a detailed description of how to implement each one of them. Some of th …

Language of Presentation: English
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School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
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Listening Assessment-Daily Activities

This exam has been designed to asses students’ listening comprehension. The assessment consists of the teacher reading a short paragraph in Arabic dealing with someone’s daily routine/schedule of activities. Upon listening to the passage, students are …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
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Telling Time

The theme of this lesson is the telling of time. Students are introduced to various vocabulary words and expressions dealing with time such as asking what time it is and responding. Prior knowledge of the numbers and the number rules is required for th …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
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Telling Time (Worksheet)

In this worksheet, students are required to match a series of numerically displayed times to their corresponding written expression. Similarly, students are provided with a few blank clocks and they are supposed to draw the time handles corresponding t …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations- Saudi Arabia (Worksheet)

This worksheet is designed to accompany the Saudi Arabia episode of Anthony Bourdain’s TV series, “No Reservations.” Students are asked to answer a series of questions in regards to their reaction to the episode. The worksheet also has a “before you vi …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
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