Online Platform Provides Open-source Resources to Learn Arabic

MAWARIDARABIYYA is a user-friendly open resource for teachers and learners with free, up-to-date materials.

Offering materials in modern standard Arabic, spoken dialects, and Arab culture, Senior Lecturer of Arabic Nasser Isleem has launched a user-friendly website that provides learners with a breadth of materials to help speak, write, and read a language spoken by more than 420 million. 

The new website, titled MAWARIDARABIYYA, is a plethora of materials and links aimed at empowering a learner to easily find specific lessons, courses, and online resources to meet their needs.

Some of these materials include educational technology tools, popular books in the field of teaching Arabic as a foreign language, names of organizations and conferences, scholarships and programs, language centers and programs, as well as Youtube channels that focus on teaching Arabic and shedding light on Arab culture.

MAWARIDARABIYYA is one of its kind and comes in handy for both learners and teachers. It is very comprehensive, rich, and rewarding. It includes valuable information that a lot of the students and teachers look for and often have difficulty finding,” said Isleem.  

Produced in collaboration with Associate Professor and Director of Asian Studies at the College of Charleston Ghazi Abuhakema and professor of Arabic language Mohamed Ansary, MAWARIDARABIYYA is designed to be the go-to open-source resource for professionals, educators, instructors, and learners of Arabic language. 

MAWARIDARABIYYA also provides teachers with free, up-to-date materials and resources to quickly find and implement in the journey of teaching and learning Arabic language and culture. 

Isleem’s hope is for the website to be an open source of information for both learners and teachers of Arabic. He intends for the website to be a constantly evolving platform, giving educators the opportunity to share resources that could be valuable for teaching and learning Arabic on a constantly updated open-source platform.

“The information and materials have been created and uploaded by educators dedicated to improving the instruction and understanding of the Arabic language, culture, and the Arab world. Together we can build a valuable database for learning and knowledge,” he said. 

Nasser Isleem’s latest Arabic learning tool follows the release last year of Arabic Grammar in Action: Proficiency-based and Contextualized Activities, coauthored by Ghazi Abuhakema. Available on Amazon, the book includes a collection of instructional materials that target essential grammatical constructs in order to sustain performance at specific proficiency levels.