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Arabic Language

Jusuur Arabic Language Program Book 1: Yasmeen asks about Nadine’s family (ياسمين تسأل عن عائلة نادين)

In partnership with Georgetown University Press, QFI sponsored a series of Arabic language videos for educators and students to accompany its new “Jusuur Textbook”. The accompanying video series is an excellent classroom resource for teachers looking to integrate new linguistic and cultural activities in the classroom.

In this video, you will observe a polite way to ask about other’s family members.

Suggested In-Classroom Activity:

Have your students write down 3 members of their family on a piece of paper and tape it on their chest. Encourage students to write the names of the adults as “mother of/father of” if possible. Have students pretend they are bumping into each other on the street. Have them greet each other, ask about the 3 members of the family and then take polite leave.

If you’d like to focus on the expression: “Say hi to him/her for me, سلم على” consider using some songs in Arabic by Fairouz, Elissa and Melhem Barakat among others.

Vocabulary in focus: greetings, taking leave, family

Georgetown University Press
Sarah Standish, Richard Cozzens, and Rana Abdul-Aziz