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Teaching Arabic through Music and Song

Arabic Workshop

September 14, 2017

On September 14, the Middle East Center hosted a half-day workshop that explored ways to integrate music and song into any Arabic curriculum. People from a two-state area attended the workshop, presented in Arabic by Hussein Elkhafaifi, Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization. Professor Elkhafaifi is a leader in the development of Arabic proficiency teaching and training.

Participants learned to:

• Integrate Arabic songs into their own curriculum
• Build on the work begun through songs to include other skills
• Incorporate entertainment into lessons, which might otherwise be dry and routine
• Cultivate students’ interest in mastering Arabic and increase enrollment through dynamic and animated instruction

Professor Elkhafaifi will be teaching a course on “Arabic Through Song” at the University of Washington, Seattle in Autumn Quarter 2017. More information about the course can be found here.