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2017

The impact of language. Collaborating across borders to the design, development and promotion of an Online Palestinian Arabic Course

Palestine

Department for International Development UKAID

Titre : The impact of language. Collaborating across borders to the design, development and promotion of an Online Palestinian Arabic Course

Pays : Palestine

Numéro du projet : GB-GOV-13-FUND—GCRF-AH_R004617_1

Organismes de mise en œuvre : University of Bath

Durée : Actual Start 01 Oct 2017 // Actual End30 Sep 2018

Objectifs
This proposal is for the design, development and promotion of an innovative Arabic language course grounded in Palestinian culture, art, history, and adapted to online delivery from the challenging context of the Gaza Strip (Palestine). The design of this course addresses unanticipated pathways to impact for the AHRC ’Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State’ (RM Borders) led by Prof Phipps and part of the Translating Cultures theme (2013-2017). The proposed Online Palestinian Arabic Course (OPAC) expands RM Borders’ impact by translating into a concrete and practical output the insights gained during the project. The OPAC also enhances the experience and skills gained by RM Borders’ researchers in designing the highly successful ’Mutliningual Learning for a Globalised World’ MOOC, an output of the RM Borders Project. An innovative, sustainable, contextualised course, the OPAC will engage new audiences and attract online students of Arabic worldwide, impacting on the development of language teaching practices in challenging contexts. It builds on the outcomes of one of the case studies (TASOL CS) of the RM Borders Project. The RM Borders TASOL CS was a piece of action research which delivered training to Palestinian teachers of Arabic as a foreign language, focussing on the use of online tools for language teaching in challenging contexts. The Arabic Center is an offshoot of the RM Borders Project, housed at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), and it currently employs all the teachers trained through the RM Borders TASOL CS as online Arabic teachers. Feedback from international online students learning Arabic at the Arabic Center shows that there is a substantial interest in learning Palestinian colloquial Arabic in addition to Modern Standard Arabic, and in having access to a more contextually grounded course, which encompasses elements of Palestinian culture, arts, and overall heritage. Based on this feedback, this proposal for the design of an innovative online Beginner course to be delivered over 12 weeks (36 hours in total). The course will be designed, developed and promoted in close collaboration with the trained teachers and in partnership with the Arabic Center - aims to translate

Financement : UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Project budget : £52,336

Présentation (UKAID)

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