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Planning Arabic Curriculum - Can-Do Statements, Modes of Communication

This is session 1 of 10 of the 2015 Arabic Summer Institute by Qatar Foundation International. The video is approximately 40 minutes long and it is broken down as follows:


-Introductory Exercise with Lina Kholaki and Dr. Mouna Mana
-Goals, expectations, needs written on Post-It Notes

-ACTFL Can-Do Statements
-Important to keep in mind when making lesson plans
-Discussion of Differentiated Instruction

-Elementary and High School Level Arabic Instructors divided into 2 Groups
-Exchange of Curriculum and Lesson plans among teachers

-Group Discussion of One Example Lesson Plan- Culture Based
--"Think bigger picture. What do you want your students to be able to do?"- Dr. Mouna Mana

-Cont. Group Discussion of One Example Lesson Plan
--"If you don't know where you're going then any road will take you there." - Dr. Mouna Mana
--Overarching themes and how to think at the lesson plan level
-Cont. Group Discussion of One Example Lesson Plan
--How to incorporate Can-Do Statements into lesson planning
--How to teach art through Arabic / Arabic through art

-Can-Do statements important for AAPL Assessment
--Goal level, rather than activity level

-Modes of Communication
--Interpretive Listening/Reading
--Interpersonal Reading/Writing

Led by Lina Kholaki Instructor/Program Coordinator at University of South Carolina, and Dr. Mouna Mana Arabic Language Education Specialist involved with the STARTALK Initiative at National Foreign Language Center

Qatar Foundation International, LLC is a grant-making not-for-profit organization located in Washington, DC focused on connecting cultures for greater global good. The Arabic Language and Culture Program aims to increase the quality and quantity of Arabic programs in K-12 public and public charter schools in the Americas. For more information, please visit

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