“Anamel: A Collaborative Online Anthology of Arabic Modules” with Maha Houssami

This workshop will introduce Arabic instructors to Anamel, a word press site that showcases capstone modules in Arabic designed by Duke and UNC students around topics students are passionate about, and that tangibly demonstrate their linguistic and creative ability. Houssami will highlight the benefits of Anamel to the global AFL community, the challenges of project-based learning at large and more particularly in the advanced Arabic class. Chris Hassel, a senior at Duke who helped gather material for the sample modules and create the foundation of the site’s content, will lead the workshop participants on a virtual tour of Anamel. Cate Schick, a senior who joined the team to assist with web design, will talk about the challenges of putting together and maintaining Anamel. She will suggest resources that participants need if they were to replicate the Anamel experience. A Q&A will follow the presentation.While Anamel currently targets learners of Arabic at the intermediate high to advanced high levels of proficiency, participants who teach students at lower levels of proficiency are invited to join in, especially that Anamel will soon include modules at varying levels of proficiency. This program is supported by funding from the Qatar Foundation.

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