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This consortium of the Universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, and Durham, established in 2006, aims to support the growth of Arabic teaching in the UK and to extend links with the Arabic speaking world. Although mainly focused on the study of Arabic at tertiary level, developments at school level are also considered and many of the resources offered on three websites linked to the centre are valuable for colleagues working in schools:
(1) eArabic Learning Portal
http://www.v-arabic.com/ (under construction 30 June 2010)
The eArabic Learning Portal is a growing online directory which contains home-grown and third-party e-Learning resources, tools and projects developed at CASAW with the aim of enhancing classroom learning and enabling remote learning of Arabic as a foreign language. These include:
(2) Visual Arabic Library (VAL)
The Visual Arabic Library is a growing library of realia (i.e.real-life) images/videos to improve the visual learning of the Arabic language
(3) As the Arabs Say… كـَما قالـَت العَرَب
As the Arabs Say … is an online audio portal to Arabic quotes and podcast-lessons for learners of Arabic, selected, podcasted and interpreted by Mourad Diouri. Using a variety of multi-media e-learning tools and resources As the Arabs Say … is an initiative to enhance understanding of the Arabic language and culture by exploring a wealth of carefully selected Arabic quotes, sayings and proverbs that authentically reflect the way many Arabs live and think.
(4) e-Arabic Teachers Network
This is a dedicated social and professional network for anyone involved in Arabic language teaching, research or support. EatNet is a place where Arabic teaching professionals support each other. It aims to promote sharing of ideas, classroom experiences, good practice, and teaching resources. This site, combined with others supported by CASAW, is important because it highlights the possibilities of e-Learning in the context of teacher professional development as well as in the delivery of blended modes of course delivery.
4.CILT, the National Centre for Languages (A: 4, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14) (C: 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)
CILT, the National Centre for Languages in England, aims ‘to influence policy, spread best practice and to support the development of language professionals’. A range of resources and professional development support is provided on its website, some relevant for all language teachers, some more targeted towards teachers of specific languages, including teachers of additional (or ‘community’) languages. The centre has contributed to the development of European policy on plurilingualism and its Positively Plurilingual document (2006) can be downloaded from the website:
CILT has also developed two European Language Portfolios the Junior European Languages Portfolio and the ELP for Adult and Vocational Language Learners
which are available to buy or download from the site.
With regard to additional languages, CILT has published Curriculum Guides for nine languages developed at Goldsmiths, University of London (Arabic, Chinese – Cantonese and Mandarin, Gujarati, Panjabi, Somali, Tamil, Urdu, Yoruba).
It also publishes the Community Languages Bulletin which is accessible through its website and provides information on new initiatives, good practice, professional development, research and resources relevant to the teaching of additional languages:
The Centre runs professional development courses and conferences and works in partnership with other key organisations on major projects such as Our Languages (see below.) The Community Languages Email Forum, hosted by CILT, is a network providing information, support, professional development at all levels and facilitating networking among colleagues teaching additional languages:
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