Induction Tasks

  • Using Yammer
  • Induction to typing in Arabic
  • Using Online Quizzes  
  • Blogging Tasks: Introducing yourself in (a) English and then (b) in Arabic.
  • Cloud Text-to-Speech
  • Using Yammer
  • Typing
  • Blogging
  • Quizzes
  • Using Yammer

    1. Joining Yammer: As a PG Arabic student, you will have access to a dedicated online network/group on Yammer (an educational network tool part of the UoE Outlook package). The network is a shared collaborative space and an extension of the Arabic classroom. It is a private space (for IAA students only) for practicing your writing as well as for communicating with your peers and completing the pre-class activities.
      • To log in just follow the invitation link sent to your UoE inbox.
    2. Yammer Mobile
      • Now that you are familiar with using Yammer, you might be interested to use it on your mobile (particularly useful for posting short message/posts on the move). The Mobile app is available at: Apple | Android
      • Profile Photo: In order to personalise your blog – and to help us identify it – please upload a headshot of yourself.
    3. YAMMER’s NOTIFICATIONS
      • Make sure you edit the notification settings (as shown below) by ticking/unticking the updates you want to be notified about by email. (See attachment: Notifications)
      • GO TO Notifications (Bell Icon top left) > Click on “See all Notifications”

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  • Typing in Arabic

    Supporting Resources

    1. Essential Tools & Resources for Transliteration & Typing in Arabic
    2. Book Directory #07 | Arabic Typing Books, Tools & Stationary
  • Blogging

    Weekly Blogging Activities

    • Each week, over the duration of the course, you will be assigned a short blogging activity about the weekly IAA themes. This is mainly to allow you an opportunity to practise your writing skills in Arabic at home and getting feedback from your teacher.
    • Assessed Work: Some of these activities will be part of your assessed “Online Participation”, which counts as 10% towards your overall grade.

    Reflective Blog (1): Introducing Myself (in English): For your first blog post, introduce yourself using the following questions:

    1. Tell us a bit about yourself (academic background, place of origin, etc..) 
    2. Have you had any language learning experience before? (Arabic or/and other foreign languages)
    3. Your experience with using technology as a learner
    4. What would you like to achieve by the end of the programme?
    5. Why are you studying the Arabic language and culture

    Your First Posts in ARABIC!

    • Post #01 – Now, that you can write in Arabic, write a short message saying Hi (‘Ahlan or Salam) to everyone in the group. 
    • Post #02 – Write a blog introducing yourself in Arabic. For this week’s post, refer to IAA1 – My Personal Profile
    • Comments – try commenting on (and liking 👍) your peers profiles in Arabic/English.

    Other types of blogging posts you might wish to explore 

    • Post a Photo of yourself, your family or town w/ a caption (in Arabic or English)
    • Post an audio message sharing your favourite song. 
    • Share weblinks of your favourite websites or resources online that could be useful to your peers. 
  • Interactive Quizzes & Using Quizlet

    Using Quizlet

    Quizlet is an online tool that allows you to create and study flashcard sets using a variety of interactive tools. 

    Quizlet is also a memorisation tool, which allows you to create “sets” of vocabulary, grammar, definitions and so on and you can customised these to your own needs. 

    As a language learner, Quizlet can help you improve your vocabulary memorisation and retention, in particular your recall of difficult words. 

    You can download this tool as a mobile app if you prefer to learn on the move. You can also use it as a digital notebook of new vocabulary and a self-assessment quizzing tool.

    TASKS 

    1. Set up an account at Quizlet.com: Make sure you include your first name in your username so that you can be easily recognised by your classmates and tutor
    2. Join the dedicated Quizlet Classes for your PG Arabic module:
      1. Beginners: IAA  + Beginners’ Arabic – Student Generated Sets
      2. Advanced: AAD OR AAG + Advanced Arabic – Student Generated Sets
    3. Install the Quizlet Mobile App
    4. Take a Sample Quiz: Once you’ve installed the mobile app (highly recommended), study the following sample quizzes.  When you take each quiz, try out the learning modes available: Flashcards, Learn, Test, Speller, Scatter game, Gravity game, etc.

    5. Create your own first Quizlet set:  You can create your own sets for a variety of reasons:

    • To practice memorising new vocabulary you come across
    • To practice studying difficult or tricky words
    • Use Quizlet as a vocabulary notepad
    • Create your own Gap-fill exercises using sentences

    Tasks