Urban Arabic Class Activities

Due to the class routine and the complication of the Arabic language and the style some students prefers to learn by listening and some by visual, each class involves activities and games that focuses on the lesson that students are learning or already learned, to help them enhance their speaking, memorizing the new vocabulary or listening.

Those activities are part of the teachers' lesson plans, that will be introduced in parallel to the lessons covered in each day of learning.

Match the verb to its gender

To practice "Gerunds" (abstract nouns derived from verbs that name the action of a verb) teachers mix up cards listing gerunds and verbs,then students must try to match as many as they can. This game is repeated couple of times in the class until a list of verbs and gerunds are memorized.

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Match the sentences to their pictures

To help with learning prepositions[link to "UA Beginner Intensive" class description], the teacher provides each student with a scenario containing different pictures. And the aim of this game is to practice the prepositions. Each student writes down a sentence describing the picture, then they switch the papers with another student and have to match each description with the correct picture.

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Casse Tete, use your head

This fun game is really challenging, because it will really test your brain and memory. The teacher provides students with one letter, and they have to write as many words as they can that start with the same letter that fit the categories in each column (like: Person's name- Animal - Food – Thing- Place – Work – Verb). Whoever fills in the most words wins!

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The Memory Game

This type of game can be played in different ways depending on the students' level of knowledge. If the lesson is about cooking, which involves fruits and vegetables, the teacher creates two decks of cards, one with the picture of the fruits and vegetables and the other deck with the name of each picture. Both decks are out facing down the table, then each student takes turns choosing from the cards. He/she says the name of the fruit or vegetable, then moves to the other deck to find the name, and has to read it properly. If the student gets it right, he or she can continue until failing and then it is the next student's turn.
This helps learning the vocabulary faster, practicing reading and of course enhancing the memory of each word.
Note: it can be executed with verbs, nouns...

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Match the body part to its name

This fun game focuses on intermediate vocabulary in, and reinforces the words through a small competition. The teacher provides a scheme of the whole body and deck of cards with the names of body parts. Each student gets an equal amount of cards from the deck, and must try to match the word with the body part after reading it aloud. The winner is the first student to say and place all of his/her cards, and the last student ends up with the most cards.

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Find the differences between the two pictures

This game helps the students to remember their vocabulary, practice speaking full sentences and enhance expression.
Based on the students' level of knowledge, the teacher will provide them with two similar pictures with small differences. The differences can involve adjectives, nouns and activities taking place in the picture and the student has to describe them using Arabic.
Ex: In the first picture on the right, the bucket is full of sand; in the second one, the bucket is empty. Here two vocabulary were practiced to describe the pictures.

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Cooking class

This activity is based on the intermediate level where the students learn the vocabulary for cooking, fruits, vegetables and shopping.
It really helps them gain confidence into expressing themselves, sharing recipes and of course learning the Arabic culture of food.

The teacher divides students into groups, and each group prepares a dish to cook in the class based on a Lebanese recipe. The demonstration must involve, the name of the dish along with the ingredients, then they have to cook it in front of other students using the Arabic words only, like chop, juice, add, sprinkle, stir and cook, in addition to the vegetable, fruits, meats, spicing and other ingredients used in the recipe.

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Themed plays

This is a fun activity; students always enjoy it and of course it makes them proud to show off their Arabic.
The teacher asks the students from one class to create a play based on their recent lessons and work with them on a topic. The teacher will give a couple hints, but students write the script and arrange everything. Then on the day of the play, they have to act and speak completely in Arabic.

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Social Topic

Example of social topic activities from the advanced Yalla Ndardish class.
Theme is about child abuse in all different forms.

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