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AbuZainab

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Arabic Alphabet Project
« on: February 09, 2016, 11:07:55 AM »
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I am recording some sessions for learning Arabic Alphabets (absolute beginner) for a disabled Muslim Girl.

Internet is the only way she can learn. I want to keep things dead simple and to the point.

Would anyone have the time to review my recordings so far and comment? Insha'Allah you will be greatly rewarded because this girl despite her disability is trying to learn to read the Qur'aan.

Jzk



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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2016, 12:39:10 PM »
Yes i can and my friend Aisha in shaa-Allah she wants to learn Arabic alphabet too!  In shaa-Allah bismilllah ustad let's  start! Allah make it easy.
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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2016, 12:47:39 PM »
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السلام عليكم

I am recording some sessions for learning Arabic Alphabets (absolute beginner) for a disabled Muslim Girl.

Internet is the only way she can learn. I want to keep things dead simple and to the point.

Would anyone have the time to review my recordings so far and comment? Insha'Allah you will be greatly rewarded because this girl despite her disability is trying to learn to read the Qur'aan.

Jzk

Ustad sahab i want to join along with my friend bint rafaideen

Acacia

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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2016, 02:33:15 PM »
Waalaikummussalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh:

Allahu Akbar!

Alhamdulillah, inshaallah we would all be very happy to help.

BarakAllahu feek.
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AbuZainab

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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2016, 10:22:46 AM »
Alhumdolillah Sisters,

I will upload 2 sessions tonight. It is deliberately done using Urdu words like Paish (Damma), Zabar (Fatha) and Zaer (Kasra) because the Maktab system in USA, UK & South Africa uses these terms.

Wherever the family moves, the little girl will be able to view these.

Jzk

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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2016, 04:15:03 PM »
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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2016, 04:49:35 PM »
Alhamdulillah.

Masha'Allah your speech is clear, loud enough (but not aggressive, forceful and scary) and easy to follow so inshaallah there is no problem there; and, your pronunciation of the letters are pretty clear too.

Okay, I haven't finished watching/listening to the entire lesson but I do have some general suggestions that might, inshaallah, be of assistance:

  • break the lessons down into smaller sections:
    • separate the intro (separate video) and simplify it a bit more - it seems to be a bit too long though, perhaps it will work well when separated from the rest;
    • break the Qawaid down by lesson in separate videos;
  • list short, clear, easy to remember rules but limit them to 3 and remind the student before each lesson;
  • rather than asking or expecting the student to repeat by rewinding (it isn't always an easy task to do, especially for someone who might struggle with motor abilities, multiple tasks, and/or just patience in general), focus on each letter for an extended period of time and repeat it (e.g. 11 times or so), slowly, with enough time for the student to repeat after you, before moving onto the next letter;
  • if possible, zoom into each letter or section on the screen so the student is better able to see it and focus on it, and is not distracted by other letters or does not move ahead - inshaallah may make it easier to maintain patience and help anyone who struggles with vision;
  • at the end of each lesson video, ask the student to re-do the entire page on their own using their own book, at least 3 times and as many more times as they need (with help if they feel more comfortable that way), until they are fluent or comfortable enough to share what they've learned with someone else;
  • ask the student to repeat, if they feel comfortable doing so, what they've learned to a family member or a friend if possible (not sure if this might make those without either feel uncomfortable though...); and
  • provide easy to follow instructions in written form someone in the description area for the lesson, for the student to refer back to/read as well (without having to engage a video).

Inshaallah will share more once I complete listening to the entire video.

Inshaallah others will share their comments and feedback too, from their various perspectives.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2016, 04:56:00 PM by Acacia »
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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2016, 07:32:58 PM »
A little clarification on a few of the suggestions, above:
  • regarding multiple repetitions and zooming, inshallah this would be helpful for the very first page (and maybe a reduced number of repetitions and zooming out a bit for pages 2-3) but cumbersome thereafter. Inshaallah, if the student can get the repetitions at that stage (pages 1-3 only), they will be okay with the others as you've proceeded at a good, steady pace masha'Allah.
  • I would still suggest breaking the sessions up, as follows:
    • intro with instructions
    • lesson 1 - page 1
    • lesson 1 - pages 2-3
    • lesson 1 - exercise (page 4) - slow down here, give the student a bit more time (the time it takes to say: "SubhanAllahi wa biHamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-azeem" without rushing, calmly)
    • separate videos for each of the remaining lessons (2-29)
  • separate videos for anything outside of the lesson (e.g. conclusion or remainder of booklet)

Overall, inshaallah slow down to give the student enough time to repeat after you (not necessarily as slow as you should for the alphabet but slow enough to give some time).

Edit: Alhamdulillah, I went through to the end and I think I know the mistake you're referring to - yes, inshaallah you should pronounce it 'short and sharp.'

Sorry, I realize these suggestions may involve re-doing but... inshaallah take what you feel is most beneficial, you know this young sister's specific needs and inshaallah it will be beneficial for her and others - inshaallah well worth the effort it in the end.

May Allah Ta'aala make it easy and accept it from all - especially the young sister who is striving despite her difficulties, ameen.

We have no excuse, alhamdulillah.

Wa'assalaam alaikum.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2016, 08:59:23 PM by Acacia »
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AbuZainab

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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2016, 02:27:04 AM »
How is the Zoom feature working? I tried it with Arabic and the screen got Blurry, is the entire session clear in this or is it blurry?

I will review this again, Insha'Allah.

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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2016, 03:40:06 AM »
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How is the Zoom feature working? I tried it with Arabic and the screen got Blurry, is the entire session clear in this or is it blurry?

I will review this again, Insha'Allah.

I'm not sure about the zoom feature (didn't see such a feature) but, alhamdulillah, the images throughout the entire session were very clear for me.

The suggestion was for the first 3 pages and more about isolating individual letters, if possible, while slowing the session down considerably and repeating each letter a number of times. The images for rest of the recording are in sections alhamdulillah and inshaallah, by the time the student gets to that point, they can recognize letters easier (plus, repetitions on your part would not necessarily be required so the student would be able to follow at your pace - without the urge to jump ahead).
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AishaZaynap

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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2016, 09:03:42 AM »
As salam alaikum ustadh sahab

I have to admit, this video is fast for a beginner.As you have mentioned in the video, these are for beginners.I felt after seeing few parts that it lost the objective.One thing i have noticed in arabic videos i saw from previous times was, you tutors dont think like the way a beginner does. When you were learning arabic, did your teacher repeat it onces and moved on? I dont think so. Also the student you also going to teach has disability. She needs more extra attention than a normal beginner, Since these lessons will be done online, you have no choice but to leave it to her ability. This is why basics like letters should be done in slow manner. Sister Acacia already mentioned good parts so need to repeat it futher. My comments will be all about suggestions.

- Lessons should be seperated
- The letters in Lesson one should be divided into 6 or 7 parts
-Letters should be said not once but 3 times because (this is one method how the musicans use for their songs .people memorise lyrics more easily that way, we can use for Arabic letters too)
-or you can say the 6 letters over and over again for 10 minutes
-reading part should be removed for now (I'm beginner myself. Too fast for first lesson)
-for the forms of letters: select forms that are close to each other. In that way people can recognise them easily.

Btw I should also add that this sister is example for people who find excuses to not learn arabic.she is a inspiration. I would like to say that may Allah reward you and her for both of your efforts struggle ameen

« Last Edit: February 11, 2016, 10:00:35 AM by AishaZaynap »

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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2016, 02:45:03 AM »
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Assalaamu 'alaykum warahmatullaah

Alhamdulillah great project, Allah ta'ala accept and make it  a means of attaining His pleasure  and a means for many to learn the Qur'an....for not just the little girl mentioned but also beginners like reverts who need help at home after we have introduced them to a lesson - especially pronounciation of the letters which are totally foreign to those who do not speak Arabic.

I've just  skimmed through the other comments so if I repeat what has already been suggested then please forgive. Also i have not heard the entire recording, just the beginnings of each lesson.

I definitely agree with having shorter lessons. A ten minute recording would facilitate students listening, repeating and learning one or two lessons at a time without being overwhelmed in about half an hour. A half hour recording would take them a lot longer to complete and many would perhaps give up.

There needs to be slightly more time fro students to repeat.

When the short vowels (or other signs) are introduced, please consider mentioning the Arabic terms as well. It is best to mention both. Also this site will inshaAllah have  and does have students from across the globe so it is best to mention terms in both Arabic and Urdu.

I found the short vowel (Fathah) pulled too long.
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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2016, 05:46:28 AM »
Jzk Sisters,

I have read every one's comments a few times and here is the second attempt taking all the comments on board as best as I could.

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« Last Edit: February 27, 2016, 06:33:59 AM by AbuZainab »

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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2016, 04:11:38 PM »


As salamu alaikum ustadh sahab

I checked the first video.

New video is much better. I especially like the intro part the most. About alphabet, repeating 3 times ,stuying similar letters and sounds is a good. The video is very detailed one. I have also suggestions:

- seperating videos that could be made only taking 6 letters at at a time(this takes 1 or 2 mins, let the person replay this over and over again)
-in the detailed(main) one, words can be used because like myself i cant prounce the default but can prounce it if it is said in a word. e.g Kh for Khan etc.







« Last Edit: February 12, 2016, 04:14:01 PM by AishaZaynap »

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Re: Arabic Alphabet Project
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2016, 07:10:35 PM »
Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh:

Wa iyyak.

Introduction and Instructions:
You've changed your introduction - it's longer but covers more detail which I feel is beneficial. Your example using the words baby and cat is brilliant masha'Allah, barakAllahu feek.

Suggestions for improving this section:
  • Separate it - have it as a totally separate video;
  • Re-record it - the sound is not as crisp as the first recording (perhaps you're holding the mic too close?);
  • Round vs. flat sounds - introduce and explain this so that the student understands and knows when to smile to make the flat sound and when to round their lips for round sounds. I don't feel full diagrams of the mouth and where sounds originate from etc. is helpful for children because it is still too abstract; however, describing how to make a flat sound (smile) and how to make a round sound (pout) would be helpful inshaallah (that's how I was taught & learned, alhamdulillah); and
  • List 3 basic rules - list these briefly at the end of the video:
    • "Repeat after me each time, even if  you feel you know it;"
    • "Say the letters and words loudly, don't be shy;" and
    • "Practice by repeating the lesson over and over, until you feel you know them well."
Alphabet:
Masha'Allah, barakAllahu feek, you were able to isolate letters, zoom in, and group similar letters; I feel this will benefit students, making it easier for them to focus on and follow the letters. So, great job on that!

Suggestions for improving this section:
  • 3 rules - start each video lesson with the 3 rules (listed above);
  • slow the pace down for the first 3 pages of the book because these are crucial pages where the student learns to connect the visual with the sound;
  • one-by-one - even when tackling similar letters, deal with them one-by-one, in this order:
    • describe the letter - give a quirky description that might help the student remember (like your brilliant example with the 'belly' letters);
    • give the sound with an example - as you did with cat and baby; and, once you've done that, proceed to
    • repeat each letter at least 3 times but I would suggest you repeat each one more than that, perhaps 5-7 times, slowly, pausing longer between each repetition;
  • full page sequence - show the full sequence at the end, with the English words underneath, and go through it that way at least once, slowly. I suggest this because some students who may be dyslexic or struggle with learning disabilities might have a coping strategy whereby they memorize the sequence and repeat it until they find the letter. So, sequence is very important for some students;
  • separate - keep the first page of the book, with the English letters underneath, as a separate video, spending considerable time here so that the student masters it without having to fidget around with rewinds etc.; and
  • last rule - end the video with a reminder of the last rule - "practice" (keep it brief though, no need to harp on about it... just a simple reminder inshaallah).

Again, you're doing great with these masha'Allah, barakAllahu feek. Inshaallah take what you feel will help and leave what you feel is not of use - you know the sister and her disability though we hope others will benefit as well.

JazakAllahu khayran for taking this on and for allowing us to be a part of this project too.

(PS: You posted 2 videos today. I haven't had a chance to view the 2nd video in full, these suggestions were based on the 1st one.)
« Last Edit: February 12, 2016, 07:18:02 PM by Acacia »
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