Arabic ATP – What’s it all about? Student Perspective
After the recent graduation of our Apprenticeship in Teaching Practice – Arabic Route program, we know there are many of you who might be interested in taking part. With registrations for the New Year already underway, we wanted to take the time to share with you a little bit more about what is involved in the course and what you can expect if you want to take part. So we sat down with two of the recent graduates, Hanadi Mustafa and Eman Hamdan, to find out what they thought of the programme and the lessons they learnt!
Congratulations on your graduation! Tell us a little bit about what you are up to right now?
Hanadi: I am an elementary and middle years teacher and Coach in GEMS First Point School and I am doing Professional Development workshops for Arabic and Islamic teachers that supports the development of learning and teaching within the subject and develops staff understanding of how we apply skills in lessons. I motivate the teachers to create and stick to communicative goals, provide resources and support, encourage consistent practice, identify gaps in learning strategies, understand current potential obstacles and provide methods to overcome them, guide development of accountability and self-assessment systems moreover encourage creative solutions to problems.
Eman:I am the Arabic Coordinator and leader of 18 Arabic teachers. It is important to me that I am a dedicated team leader who always keeps abreast of the trends in Education regarding the Arabic curriculum and strategies and skills. Mainly in order to relay any new develops in Arabic education, to my colleagues.
So what motivated you guys to do this course?
Eman: Teaching is one of the few things on earth which increases as you give and it benefits both the receiver and the giver in equal measure. All of us will leave earth someday but what will probably remain is your teachings and acts which make people feel special and valued.
Hanadi:On-going professional development is the key to a quality education. I believe that “curriculum” goes beyond just subject area knowledge to concepts and approaches to teaching. Teachers should be constantly figuring out new ways to engage students—whether that is including the latest developments in their field or looking for ways to interact across fields to fully explore concepts through the lens of multiple subject areas, also I believe that teachers need to be constantly seeking more effective ways to help students learn and looking for more creative and engaged ways to assess their learning.
What was your overall experience like?
Eman:The course and training was unique because it teaches effective practices and introduces innovative ways to teach and new strategies. It also helped me relate to my students better as it put me in their shoes and opened my eyes to the emotions they go through during lessons. It was a wonderful experience that I would carry this knowledge with me, into the future, in all my endeavours.
Hanadi:This program really helped me find more effective and creative ways to maximise student’s learning in the classroom. This was the prevailing theme throughout the overall structure of the program which revolves around three tracks: Principles and theories of learning, education and Modern Arabic Pedagogy and Teaching and Learning, and each path is divided into modulesrelated to the Arabic language and teaching methods. I definitely walked away feeling as though this fantastic programme had taught me how to:
- Promote understanding of the comprehensive curriculum and the integrated approach in the field of Arabic language education.
- Develop specific techniques to teach the Arabic language writing system to learners at all levels of competence communication.
- Improve awareness of the practical applications of Arabic language proficiency in communication.
- Enhance awareness of the assessment of Arabic language and its levels.
- Improve awareness of how language skills and language systems are integrated into the teaching of Arabic and how to improve understanding and awareness of the practical applications of presenting the characteristics of Arabic grammar and its vocabulary for learners of all levels
How do you think the course will help you moving forward?
Eman:I feel that this course will contribute towards the level of the teacher’s knowledge within the school and awareness of the nature of the Arabic language, teaching and learning. It could make a great impact on Arabic teacher’s practices in the classrooms.
Hanadi: For me, I have more understanding of the history of methodologies and methods of teaching languages and their relation to teaching Arabic, and Improving the awareness of the basics and techniques of the classrooms that have led to the development of listening, speaking, writing and reading skills among the Arabic language learners.This program has generated the desire to apply more techniques and strategies and to believe in the importance of its results and impact on the development of students’ skills
What are your thoughts on TELLAL now, having done this course?
Eman:Tellal is offering a unique and an interesting programme for teachers, completely different from all other programs in a fun, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. What I really appreciated was that at Tellal they encourage a good relationship between students and teachers.
Hanadi:The Teacher training is delivered by experienced, practicing teachers from the TELLAL network, which includes some of the best education professionals from around the world. Tellal promotes and facilitates the exchange of ideas and best practices between the teachers attending the workshop, which helped me complete my career journey from continued personal growth and professional development with all the opportunities and support available.