NCATC Spring Webinar: Exploring Playaling: Using Digital Resources in Your Arabic Classroom

NCATC Spring Webinar: Exploring Playaling: Using Digital Resources in Your Arabic Classroom
Contributed By: events coordinator
Organizing Institution: Middle East and Islamic Studies
Contact email: [email protected]
Start Date: April 27, 2022 (5:30pm)
End Date: April 27, 2022 (7:00pm EST)
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The NCATC is pleased to welcome Lena Krause to lead a workshop on using Playaling in your classroom. She will not only discuss the relevance of culturally authentic and level-appropriate digital resources, but will also lead teachers through envisioning how they might easily and effectively employ Playaling in their classrooms! 


The beauty of is its simplicity: imagine a glorified Arabic YouTube with clickable subtitles. But how to use it in the classroom? This 90-minute interactive virtual workshop will demonstrate several ways to use the Arabic learning website and guide educators in deciding how it can fit into their curriculum. Some of the activities will include identifying objectives, analyzing text genres, and developing listening strategies. Through Playaling, we will also explore questions such as how to expose students to the dialect spectrum and what constitutes an authentic resource. Come with your headphones and mics on for a collaborative discussion on using digital resources in the Arabic classroom!

*Note: Workshop will be conducted primarily in Arabic.

Lena Krause teaches Arabic and French at Beacon Academy, a Montessori high school in Evanston, IL. She founded the Arabic program in 2019 which now includes levels 1-4 and also offers the International Baccalaureate. In her classroom, she experiments with an integrated curriculum that includes both Fusha and elements of Moroccan Darija. The curriculum also includes an annual exchange with Moroccan high school students at the American Language Center in Tangier.

Outside of school, Lena was the first Darija translator for which is central to tonight’s talk. Last summer, she also began developing an online Darija curriculum called “derrej m3aya” and tested it with a small cohort of foreigners living in Morocco. In June, she will be returning to Morocco as Resident Director with the Critical Language Scholarship in Meknes.Hosted by the NCATC and co-sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.


Wednesday, April 27 at 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. ESTRegister:

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