What is the weather like? الجو عامل إيه؟ - Google Slides™ ebook is a simple question and answer book for Pre-KG, KG and grade one children and beginners of Egyptian Arabic language learners who have English as a first language. It has been created with the reluctant or emergent reader in mind and introduces them to key animal vocabulary and simple sentences. The text is repetitive and simple subject specific language. Pictures and sentences are written to prompt discussion and designed to be an easy read that can be revisited over and over. There are two digital versions of this product so that you can choose how your student receives the document. There are some unavoidable technical language and this should provide the chance for children to clarify meaning.
- Two versions of this ebook™ - One as a pdf link to a Google Slides ™ebook and one PowerPoint™ version - 25 pages (each)
- These google slides ebooks are good basic readers for children who are starting to recognize and read initial sounds / letters in Egyptian Arabic .
- The text is simple and a quick read - My students like to whizz through books and revisit them.
- Children who like non-fiction books should enjoy this book and learn about overfishing and its consequences.
- This ebook are also great for 'warming up' readers who are a little out of practice or who have lost a little confidence.
- There are vocabulary repeats to help children make text connections and build familiarity with sight words and helping children to retain key words.
The following activities are to help children to practice the very early stages of reading and speaking Egyptian Arabic when they have English as a first language. Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the four main parts to language learning.
This text also uses transliteration prompts to help non-Arabic speakers or emergent learners of Egyptian Arabic to support their student in pronunciation. This is also suitable for educators who want children to connect with Egyptian Arabic but they are not fluent themselves so there is some support with how to pronounce.
Often, in international schools in the Middle East, children are required to take Arabic as a language study but need some help pronouncing the words and finding an entry point so that they can grow as a language learner as they are older learners in some cases and a new language and script can be daunting as well as adjusting to a new school environment.
There are some pdf activities to help children link initial sounds to their understanding of the Arabic script and familiar animal words. Simple sentences such as ‘It is sunny’- الجو شمس) used in a repetitive way to help new vocabulary sink in.
It is an advantage if there is a fluent Arabic speaker to read to your students at some point to hear the authentic pronunciation of each word.
When teaching nursery / pre KG, some children are ready to read but I found that some of the books were just too wordy.