Tips to Teach Kids Arabic Language

What Kind of Help Could We Provide for Our Children at Home to Acquire Arabic Language?

In order to help our children to acquire Arabic in the house, there are many ways:

  1. To produce some of the simple vocalized sounds of speech:
    • Fly a kite and say {و} using long and various degrees of voice quality.
    • Let him observe the motion of your mouth especially that of the lips, while producing such sounds by putting his finger upon your mouth.
  2. The child could produce a phoneme consisting of two phones:
    • Tie one of the child’s preferable toys with a robe hanging it up then moving it down pronouncing some syllables such as (Toot Toot).
    • Play with the child the chasing play; cover his face with a piece of clothing then set it aside mentioning some phonographic syllables like {Bahe Bahe}.
  3. To make use of the language’s non-verbal system as particular motions and gestures to serve as communicative channels:
    Encourage him to express negation using hand gestures (no no) in Arabic (La La), or by nodding when saying goodbye to someone. Bring a kid –toy, point at it, and say bye. In addition to that, you can use animation as well as waving to say come here in signals.
  4. To react when calling his name:
    • Hide something, which you know that your kid loves it (below the table for instance), call him many times, then give this thing to him.
    • Call his siblings before him, ask them to response with a particular sign, voice, or word, and call him many times.
  5. A child usually imitates your gestures and actions: Use a toy to serve as a role model for regular actions like teeth brush, sleeping, and eating (Let the dull eat. – The dull should be hungry. And so on in Arabic).To understand simple instructions given in Arabic:Ask him to point at everyone in the family. Help him using a family photo album. Put your finger upon one of the pictures in the album, then let him repeat what you have done. Raise him a question (Point at Ahmed? Or where is Ahmed?).
  6. To use Arabic words: (More complex than the previous stage).
    Mention the names of some of the child’s preferable toys, colors, and things for example (fruit). Encourage him to give names for these things E.G What is this? … It is an apple.
  7. To use 2 Arabic words together in the same sentence: More importantly, a child should be trained, at this stage, to use verbs. Begin with simple and familiar ones as sleep-eat-play.Use pictures and childish magazines excessively during this period. Ask him to mention the verb that describes the picture: (The duck is in the house).
  8. To use complex Arabic sentences: Make him get used to Arabic semantically: You can begin with spatial deixis such as (the cat is under the table) and (The duck is swimming).
  9. Behave your son, if he is faulty. Be aware, never to scorn him. Cheer up, smile, and do not drive him angry because of your instructions. “Be flexible”. Recoursing to an specialized Arabic teacher to prepare a suitable program for the child is advisable at this time.

 

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