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Alefb June_2017 Newsletter | Happy Summer In Arabic! | Eid Mubarak!

Michelle Tager - Tuesday, July 11, 2017


info@alefb.org

+1 301 9194481


www.alefb.org
         
Ahlan wa Sahlan!
 

الجوهرة

لطالما اثار اعجابي واستغرابي عندما قدمت إلى الولايات المتحدة الكثير من الناس الذين وجدتهم يصرون على تعليم أولادهم لغاتهم التي قد تكون في الكثير من الأحيان لغات محلية بحتة لا يتكلم بها سوى سكان مدينتهم . .. وهذا إن دل على شيء فهو يؤكد أهمية اللغة كوعاء ثقافي نستهل منه معارف قديمة من تاريخ الحضارة , ونحقق صلات جديدة مع العصر الحديث بنكهة متميزة وفريدة .. فكيف إذا كانت تلك اللغة هي اللغة العربية التي حملت بين حروفها تاريخ 800 عام من الحضارة وقدمت أساسيات الفلسفة والعلوم التي استند إليها العلم الحديث ...والتي تصل بين 400مليون شخص على الأقل في العالم يتكلمونها كلغة أساسية لهم .. !؟

وبعد أن خفت بريق تلك الجوهرة في عصور الاحتلال حتى أن البعض ظن أن اللغة العربية لم يعد لها مكان أمام الإنكليزية مثلا .. تُفاجأنا الحياة بأن نسبة المتهافتين لتعلم العربية الأن في العالم تزيد بين غير العرب لما وجدوا من أهمية لمعرفتها في ظل الانفتاح الاقتصادي والتكنولوجي العالمي .. فكيف بمن حمل تلك الجوهرة منذ ولادته ويعرف أهميتها وجمالها ويمتلك مفاتيح تفاصيلها وثقافتها ....!؟ هل يمكن أن يترك تلك الجوهرة لتضيع منه بكل بساطة أم يحتفظ بها لأغلى ما لديه .. أولاده ...؟

:وهنا يحضرني قول الشاعر حافظ إبراهيم

أنا البحر في أحشائه الدر كامن

فهل سألوا الغواص عن صدفاتي

كمالا العتمة
Kamala Alatmeh - Alefb DC teacher


NEWS FROM ALEFB:
Pictures are worth a thousand words.
Find below some of the wonderful projects achieved by our students across the country and... online!



Alefb Online
: Khalid, 13 years old Alefb Online student, San Francisco student alumni.
Click on the picture to watch his video project: Stop pollution.
Parents: You can register your children to our online classes



Alefb in NYC: Ms Einas' younger class at PS58 in Brooklyn, NY.
Parents: You can enroll your kids in our NYC classes as of now.
Click here for more information and for registration.



Alefb in Chicago: Mr. Fadi's Senior High Schoolers  from Chicago Lindblom Math and Sciences Academy. Arabic Teacher and Language department chair, Fadi AbuGhoush has used Alefb's Interactive Story Book, Dunia Fi Lubnan to teach his level 4 students.
The result is a final assessment project based on the story. 
Teachers: you can do it too! Let me know if you would like to implement this component in your classroom. Alefb will provide lesson plans, methodology and necessary training for free

Email us. 
Parents: Try the Interactive Story Book with your children, or just give them access to it, and let them enjoy the story, the drills/games and the cultural activities



Alefb in Los Angeles: Alefb was asked to train ADS (American Druze Society) Arabic teachers on its curriculum. Happy to see that they have successfully implemented it
with their students in their LA chapter.
Arabic schools: if you would like to benefit from Alefb's 6 year curriculum to teach the Arabic Language and Culture the playful way, please contact us for a training session.



Alefb in DC: Two of Ms Kamala's amazing students in our Arlington-VA location 
Parents: You can enroll your kids in our DC classes as of now. 
Click here for more information and for registration.

You can see more pictures and videos on our Facebook Page.
Feel free to get involved, like, share and post!

ENROLL YOUR CHILDREN WITH ALEFB
:

Now is the time to 
enroll or re-enroll your kids for our next school year 2017-18,
and reserve a spot in the right age and level group.
We will be sending reminders by the end of August. 
Early registrants will benefit from current fee, others may expect an increase for next year
.

WORK WITH ALEFB
:
We are always looking for dedicated teachers, for all our locations. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis.
                          Please click here to submit your resume. For more  job offers, click 
here.                      

THINGS TO DO DURING THE SUMMER BREAK:

Try this new app to teach your children the Arabic letters.




How about some cooking?



After the Alefb Arabic classes at PS58 in Brooklyn were over,  Natasha, 11years old decided to continue her learning with Alefb's online Skype teacher. She worked on a recipe project. At the end of the 6 week session, Natasha was able to register on Shahiya's website and publish her first recipe in Arabic!
Parents: Please feel free to send your recipes to Alefb's with a picture, and we will post them for you on the Shahiya website. 

More things to do: 
Every Summer break, we ask ourselves how to bridge the gap in the learning of Arabic as a Foreign language continuum.
A number of families are lucky to be able to travel to the Arab world, to visit family and friends. For the others, some options for Arabic summer camps are available. 
However, the majority of us need to rely on what we can do best: support language learning at home.
Here are some suggestions:
 
--Review with your children the material they brought back from Alefb workshops.
--Have your child teach you to say one thing in Arabic every day: very funny drill. Try it! 
--Provide videos, books, stories, and music in Arabic,such as Feyrouz new project.
--Look for opportunities outside the classroom: Re-connect with Alefb class mates.

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB (FUTURE) ALUMNI:

PLEASE MEET KAIA, only two months old and ready to become an enthusiastic Alefb student and surely a successful alumni :) 




If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org  and on our LinkedIn groupPlease fill out a 7 question survey.

Our Team wishes you a
  HAPPY EID!           ! عيد مبارك

 
Alefb... The playful way to learn the Arabic language and culture
Phone: +1.301.919.4481

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Alefb December 2016 Newsletter

Michelle Tager - Sunday, January 01, 2017
info@alefb.org +1 301 9194481 www.alefb.org
 


Ahlan wa Sahlan to Alefb Newsletter!

 

As we are looking forward to 2017 with all its uncertainties and yet many opportunities, we are wishing you to stay true to our values, as per the inspiring poster below. 
Let's preserve this fine line that makes us who we are.
Let's keep focused on what we do best, and 
work hard to make the world a better place for our children.                      

# 

 !كل عام وانتم بخير 

NEWS FROM ALEFB:

ALEFB IS EXPANDING TO NEW YORK:
Thanks to a group of dedicated parents, Alefb was able to add its program in Brooklyn, at the PS 58 Caroll School, as an enrichment activity. Read more here and here.
If you would like Alefb to come to your school, please contact us
Together, we can make it happen. 

NEW AlefbAlumni LINKEDIN GROUP:
All Alefb alumni, students, teachers parents are encouraged to join our AlefbAlumni group on LinkedIn. This group aims at connecting like minded people and sparking conversations about their experience as speakers of Arabic in today's job market, and in the professional world. This is a private group. Ask to join now.

ALEFB PROUD SPONSOR OF THE ARAB FILM FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO:
In the framework of our mission to support the Arabic language and culture, we are grateful to the Arab Film Festival organizers for the opportunity to support their offeringthis year again.
The Arab Film Festival is evolving into the Arab Film &Media Institute, an organization much needed for promoting a better understanding among the people, and creating a safe environment for our children. As the director Serge Bakalian puts it: "One of the most powerful things we can do is to lift up our own stories and our own voices".  I truly encourage to participate in this effort. If you want to know more and donate to this organization, please click here

ALEFB IS NOW OFFERING ONLINE SKYPE CLASSES:
We are working with Natakallam organization to provide 1:1 Skype lessons to our students. Alefb is augmenting Natakallam's refugee conversation partners with educational material, and skills to teach younger children. You can contribute to give refugees a decent livelihood
, while increasing your children's practice of the Arabic language, at a very affordable cost. If interested send a note here.

ALEFB WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU: Receive a 10% discount on your first year Alefb tuition when you fill out our Interactive Story Book Feedback Survey  here.
This will take only 5 minutes of your time, and will pave the way for many new opportunities to teach Arabic to our children. Offer ends on January 30, 2017.

REGISTER NOW:
Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. 
Please note that all children enrolled in our first session will automatically be enrolled in our second and third sessions for 2016-17.
We have classes in Arlington-VA, Brooklyn-NY, Courbevoie-France and Paris-France. Check them out here.
Deadline to register is January 2, 2017.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES:
We are 
hiring 
We are recruiting teachers, site coordinators, interns and volunteers in all of our locations.
We are also looking for board members who share our vision, and who would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please contact us.

YOU CAN REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC:

Take time during this holiday season to play with your children in Arabic. You can find some inspiration here


Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to try your luck on New Year's eve? Play with you kids the game of Basra in Arabic of course. Here are the instructions! 
Send us a picture of the winner and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

Visit our Facebook page to access more inspiration and online educational games here.


FROM AROUND THE WEB:

GIFT IDEAS:

Storymine-Hikayat: This holiday give the gift of Arabic ReadingHikayat is an interactive stories app for children ages 1 to 10.The stories are designed to motivate and inspire kids to be independent readers in an enjoyable and entertaining way 

Children Books: Check out this website to chose from a list of award winning picture books and youth literature.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES:

Try Alefb free Arabic Interactive Story Book with your child, for hours of fun and learning.
Give it a few seconds to download and let the magic begin....

CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES: 
If you would like to share an event, or suggest a field trip, please let us know at info@alefb.org.

Share our Arabic culture with your children. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

New York: 

Jerusalem 1000 - 1400: Every People Under Heaven

  • through January 8, 2017
  • The Metropolitan Musuem of Art, New York

Washington DC: 

The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

  • through February 20, 2017
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington D.C.

Paris:

Ocean Explorers: From Sindbad to Marco Polo

  • through February 26, 2017
  • Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

Dearborn:

Drawing in the Diaspora: Comic Art & Graphic Novels by Leila Abdelrazaq

Arab American National Museum


San Francisco:
Check out the community events in the bay area, at http://www.ncaacommunity.com/ 


STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:
If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher, please share your story at info@alefb.org.


Please meet Samaa Haridi - Alefb Parent, NYC
A Dedicated Parent who made it happen! 


Samaa Haridi is an international arbitration partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells in NY, who lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.  Samaa is Egyptian, and is married to an American citizen, and they have two children, Maya (9) and Zakaria (6).  Samaa grew up in several francophone countries as a result of her father's diplomatic background.  She pursued her law studies in Paris, France before settling in Brooklyn, New York.  

With strong will and perseverance, and with the help of two other NY based parents, Julie Malahi and Roula Raad, Samaa was able to give the gift of the Arabic language and Culture not only to her kids but to many others. It takes a village to raise a child....
Be part of it!
You can read her experience below:

"When my kids were born, I was torn between speaking to them in French or in Arabic, as both languages are native for me.  Ultimately I decided for French, while their father spoke to them in English.  It was difficult in a setting where each parent spoke a different language to the kids to introduce a 3rd language through the parents.  But I knew that I wanted my children to speak Arabic.  Arabic is not only the language spoken in their mother's country, and the one their maternal grandparents speak, it is also a beautiful, rich and rewarding language skill to have.  I have seen first hand, through my own legal profession, how important and unique it was for me to speak (and read and write) the Arabic language.  It has helped me in many ways in my career, as very few international arbitration practitioners in the U.S. possess that skill.  

I tried in different ways to introduce the Arabic language to my children: books, TV shows, Youtube videos, at-home tutors/play partners.  Nothing worked.  They were interested, but none of those options were good enough to generate a real ability to speak and engage in the Arabic language.  I looked for more classic Arabic classes for children in the neighborhood, and even outside the neighborhood.  I found nothing.  I then decided that rather than focusing just on my own children, the answer lied somewhere else: in their school.  In their community.  My kids attend PS 58, a public school in Carroll Gardens that offers a French-English dual language program (DLP) and that has been recognized for years as a leading force behind the institution of DLP education in New York.  I knew the school would be welcoming of even more robust and diversified foreign language education.  I also knew a number of parents in our and in neighboring schools who felt my predicament, and who wished their children could learn Arabic.  So I decided to put together an afterschool Arabic program to be added to the school's standard offerings, and I worked with the school administrators to achieve that goal.

It was then that I met Michelle Tager, through parent connections, and I immediately saw the light.  Alefb offered exactly what we needed: a curriculum, and a structure, to make sure the kids were taken care of in the most effective manner possible.  We implemented two different classes (by age groups) to take into account differing maturity levels for the children, and we convinced the school to welcome not only interested PS 58 families, but also families from neighboring schools.  We managed to garner sufficient interest to be able to start the two classes with a wonderful and dedicated teacher.  It has only been 4 months, and my children can now have light conversations in Arabic.  They recognize letters and they enjoy going to Arabic class.  They also met new friends and share North African and Middle Eastern treats in every class.  They are learning a new language but also a whole new culture.

When people ask me what was my proudest achievement in 2016, my answer is, without a doubt: starting the Alefb Arabic program in Brooklyn, and allowing a growing number of children to learn this beautiful language."

Please drop us a note if you wish to open your own Alefb program in your school or city at info@alefb.org

Our Team wishes you a very Merry Christmas
&
 a Linguistically and Culturally Wonderful 2017!

                                           


 

Alefb... The playful way to learn Arabic language and culture
Phone: 1.301.919.4481


Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!
Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!
Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!
Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Alumni NY Parent: Giving the gift of the Arabic Language one location at a time

Michelle Tager - Friday, December 30, 2016
Samaa Haridi is an international arbitration partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells in NY, who lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.  Samaa is Egyptian, and is married to an American citizen, and they have two children, Maya (9) and Zakaria (6).  Samaa grew up in several francophone countries as a result of her father's diplomatic background.  She pursued her law studies in Paris, France before settling in Brooklyn, New York.  

When my kids were born, I was torn between speaking to them in French or in Arabic, as both languages are native for me.  Ultimately I decided for French, while their father spoke to them in English.  It was difficult in a setting where each parent spoke a different language to the kids to introduce a 3rd language through the parents.  But I knew that I wanted my children to speak Arabic.  Arabic is not only the language spoken in their mother's country, and the one their maternal grandparents speak, it is also a beautiful, rich and rewarding language skill to have.  I have seen first hand, through my own legal profession, how important and unique it was for me to speak (and read and write) the Arabic language.  It has helped me in many ways in my career, as very few international arbitration practitioners in the U.S. possess that skill.  

I tried in different ways to introduce the Arabic language to my children: books, TV shows, Youtube videos, at-home tutors/play partners.  Nothing worked.  They were interested, but none of those options were good enough to generate a real ability to speak and engage in the Arabic language.  I looked for more classic Arabic classes for children in the neighborhood, and even outside the neighborhood.  I found nothing.  I then decided that rather than focusing just on my own children, the answer lied somewhere else: in their school.  In their community.  My kids attend PS 58, a public school in Carroll Gardens that offers a French-English dual language program (DLP) and that has been recognized for years as a leading force behind the institution of DLP education in New York.  I knew the school would be welcoming of even more robust and diversified foreign language education.  I also knew a number of parents in our and in neighboring schools who felt my predicament, and who wished their children could learn Arabic.  So I decided to put together an afterschool Arabic program to be added to the school's standard offerings, and I worked with the school administrators to achieve that goal.

It was then that I met Michelle Tager, through parent connections, and I immediately saw the light.  Alefb offered exactly what we needed: a curriculum, and a structure, to make sure the kids were taken care of in the most effective manner possible.  We implemented two different classes (by age groups) to take into account differing maturity levels for the children, and we convinced the school to welcome not only interested PS 58 families, but also families from neighboring schools.  We managed to garner sufficient interest to be able to start the two classes with a wonderful and dedicated teacher.  It has only been 4 months, and my children can now have light conversations in Arabic.  They recognize letters and they enjoy going to Arabic class.  They also met new friends and share North African and Middle Eastern treats in every class.  They are learning a new language but also a whole new culture.

When people ask me what was my proudest achievement in 2016, my answer is, without a doubt: starting the Alefb Arabic program in Brooklyn, and allowing a growing number of children to learn this beautiful language.




July 2016 Newsletter

Michelle Tager - Sunday, July 31, 2016
info@alefb.org +1 301 9194481 www.alefb.org
 


Ahlan wa Sahlan to Alefb Newsletter!

من خلال تجربتي في تعليم اللغة العربية كلغة أجنبية للأطفال طوال العشرين عاماً الماضية
 في الولايات المتحدة، بدءاً من الطريقة التقليدية القديمة، ووصولاً إلى أحدث الأساليب لتعليم اللغة،
 
أقول بأنه لدي ثقة كاملة أن اعتماد المنهج التواصلي لتعليم اللغة العربية كلغة أجنبية 
 سيؤدي إلى نتائج طيبة بإذن الله، وأهمها حب الأطفال لاستخدام اللغة العربية داخل الصف وخارجه كلما سمحت الظروف، بل والرغبة في ممارستها والاستمرارية في تعلمها .

لذلك من المهم البحث عن الفرص الوفيرة لتدريب المهارات اللغوية الأساسية لأطفالنا، وذلك من خلال مشاركتهم في أوقات لعبهم و تشجيعهم على استخدام اللغة، ومساعدتهم على استعمالها أثناء نشاطاتهم المتعددة ،وهذا بدوره يؤدي إلى توسيع إدراكهم للمفاهيم الأساسية والتعبير عنها.

Lina Kholaki, Arabic language instructor/consultant


NEWS FROM ALEFB:
We are proud to report that all across our three locations (Paris-France, Washington DC, and the San Francisco Bay area), our kids have enjoyed learning the Arabic language and culture in a fun and efficient way. 

We are so honored to have hosted famous Lebanese American Helen Zughaib artist in one amazing workshop session.
Our students worked with their teachers on My House topic, during which they acquired the vocabulary necessary to describe their ideal home, in the scenery of their choice. Ms Helen Zughaib guided our students through her illustrated story: Stories My Father Told Me. 



If your child was part of our Alefb Washington DC 3rd session cohort, you will see their pictures and videos on our Facebook page.

Stay tuned for more on Facebook...and feel free to get involved, like, share and post!
First 2 people* to send the title of our latest post on our Facebook Page will earn a discount of 10% on their next subscription to our Alefb workshops in Washington DC, or San Francisco Bay Area.
Send you answer to info@alefb.org before July 15, 2016.
*this offer is valid for first time Alefb students only.

ALEFB IN THE NEWSPlease read the Lebanese Francophone daily L'Orient-LeJour article on Alefb

« Alef, b » pour la langue et la culture arabes  Pauline MOUHANNA KARROUM (d’Atlanta, Géorgie)  De Paris jusqu'aux États-Unis et notamment la Virginie ou la Californie, l'association « Alef, b » sensibilise les jeunes et les moins jeunes à l'importance de maintenir la langue arabe, parlée... Lire la suite




ENROLL YOUR CHILDREN WITH ALEFB
:

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our next school year 2016-17, and reserve a spot in the right age and level group.
We will be sending reminders by the end of August. 
Early registrants will benefit from the actual fee, others may expect an increase for next year.


WORK WITH ALEFB
:
We are always looking for dedicated teachers, for all our locations. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. Please click here to submit your resume. For more  job offers, click here.   
                                                    

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

5 things to do during this Summer break: 
Every Summer break, we ask ourselves how to bridge the gap in the learning of Arabic as a Foreign language continuum? 
A number of families are lucky to be able to travel to the Arab world, to visit family and friends. For the others, some options for Arabic summer camps are available. 
However, as Ms Lina Kholaki states above, the majority of us need to rely on what we can do best: support language learning at home.
Here are some suggestions:
  • Help your child make time to practice: Review with them the material they brought back for Alefb workshops.
  • Have your student teach you to say something in the language every day: very funny drill. Try it! 
  • Find cultural events connected to the language and culture being studied: read more below in the Cultural and Community Resources. 
  • Provide videos, books and music in the language: read more below 
  • Look for opportunities outside the classroom: Re-connect with Alefb class mates.

    Read more here.

BEES... are busy in the Summer, are you?
Check this fun activity to do with your kids! 


FROM AROUND THE WEB:

The politicization of learning Arabic, by Madeleine Chang

This article appeared in the Stanford Daily. 

Why does Stanford require
 its students to study foreign languages? According to the Stanford Language Center, it’s because “Stanford students need to be able to initiate interactions with persons from other cultures but also to engage with them on issues of mutual concern.” read more here   

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his or her favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for them in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic unfold... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 
Have your child count the number of times the word appears!
See below for an example:



CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

Summer time and plenty of cultural activities to go to!

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies, or other. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

National Museum of Women in the Arts, WDC: She who tells a story, April 8, 2016 through July 31, 2016.
The exhibition features artists Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian. Their provocative works, most created within the last decade, range in genre from portraiture to documentary to staged narratives. Many of the artists develop expansive series of images that create compelling narratives about feminine identity, war, occupation, and protest. More here

National Museum of American History, WDC: Many Voices, One Nation. Stay tuned for this exhibit , scheduled for July 2017, featuring Lebanese entrepreneur Bechara Nammour. More here  and here

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris-France: Jardins d'Orient, April 19 to Sept 25, 2016  More here
 
Cantor Arts Center @ Stanford University, Palo Alto-CA: An Oasis in Glass, through August 8, 2016.
 More here

Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C: Symbolic Cities, the Work of Ahmed Mater, through Sept 18, 2016  More here 

Stay current on community events in the Bay area, click on this website: http://www.ncaacommunity.com/community-events



STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

This time, I suggest we write the story from Alefb Parents Alumni, all together :)
To do so, please fill out a 7 question survey.
If you do, I will publish the story in our next issue, promise!

Alefb Alumni, young parents, retired parents, you are welcome to join the effort for the sake of those who Gibran Khalil Gibran calls " the Flame that no Wind can extinct, the Salt that no Eternity can spoil".

If you are interested, please email here, or call +1 301 919 4481.

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a
  HAPPY EID!           ! عيد مبارك

 
Alefb... The playful way to learn arabic language and culture
Phone: 1.301.919.4481

December 2015 Newsletter

Michelle Tager - Monday, December 28, 2015
info@alefb.org +1 301 9194481 www.alefb.org
 


Ahlan wa Sahlan to Alefb Newsletter!

As the year 2015 comes to an end, we are looking forward to starting the year 2016 with innovative projects and renewed confidence about our 20-year long commitment to the Arabic language and culture for children.

 Mayssoun Olabi, a parent from our Washington D.C. location, acknowledges the difficult times we are going through, and reminds us of the importance of keeping our language alive, as the vehicle that defines our cultural identity.  

عام جديد يقف على الأبواب، تاركا وراءه عام ملئ بالتطورات والأحداث. عام شهد هجرة أعداد كبيرة من العرب إلى الغرب، إما لظروف سياسية أو اجتماعية أو مالية.. ومع زيادة هذه الهجرة عاد السؤال الأزلي المقلق للمهاجرين يظهر على السطح:

كيف نتواصل مع جذورنا وهويتنا الثقافية؟

 ولعل هذا السؤال يكون أكثر إلحاحا عندما يتعلق الأمر بأطفالنا الذين أبصر كثير منهم النور في المهجر..

ولا شك أن اللغة هي الوسيلة المثلى لربط الناس بجذورها وأصولها الثقافية..

 واللغة العربية بالإضافة إلى غناها اللغوي والبلاغي هي منبع ثقافة وعلوم استهل منه الغرب قرونا طويلة عندما كان العرب في أوجهم الحضاري.. وتعليم أطفالنا تلك اللغة يتيح أمامهم فرصة التعرف على ذلك التراث الغني من مصادره الأصلية.. 

ولعل العام المقبل يكون فرصة لتجديد العهد مع اللغة العربية وتعليمها لأطفالنا عبر أساليب جديدة مبتكرة تساعدنا على تجاوز صعوبات تعلمها.. وبذلك نهدي أطفالنا هدية تبقى معهم طوال العمر وتشعرهم بالتميز والفخر والاعتزاز

وكل عام وانتم بخير  !

Mayssoun Olabi - Alefb parent, journalist, producer and interpreter. 


NEWS FROM ALEFB:

SURVEY:
Receive a 10% discount 
on your first year Alefb tuition when you fill out
 our Survey here
.
This will take only 5 minutes of your time, and will pave the way for many new opportunities to teach Arabic to our children. 
Offer ends on December 30, 2015.

REGISTER NOW:
Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. 
Please note that all children enrolled in our first session will automatically be enrolled in our second and third sessions for 2015-16.
We have classes in Arlington-VA, South San Francisco-CA, Novato-CA, Courbevoie-France and Paris-France. Check them out here.
Deadline to register is January 2, 2016.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES:
We are 
hiring 
We are recruiting teachers, site coordinators, interns and volunteers in all of our locations.
We are also looking for board members who share our vision, and who would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please contact us.

REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can find some inspiration here


Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas? 
Send us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

Visit our Facebook page to access more inspiration and online educational games here.


FROM AROUND THE WEB:

GIFT IDEAS:

Natakallam: This holiday give the gift of Arabic ConversationNatakallam pairs Arabic natives from the Middle East with students learning Arabic for conversation-focused classes over the internet.This platform caters to a specific need within the Arabic learning community interested in the spoken Levantine dialect.

LamsaChoose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of games, e-books and videos to enhance your children's Arabic skills through this online platform specializing in Arabic edutainment for Arabic speakers and learners. 

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES:

QFI: Watch this video to learn more about why other children are excited to learn Arabic.

Madar El Huruf: Check out this free mobile app with your children to explore the secrets of the Arabic alphabet. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, and help them type it in Arabic.

CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES: 
If you would like to share an event, or suggest a field trip, please let us know at info@alefb.org.

Share our Arabic culture with your children. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

New York: 
-The MoMA presents the first comprehensive American survey of the leading contemporary artist Walid Raad (b. 1967, Lebanon), featuring his work in photography, video, sculpture, and
performance from the last 25 years. More here

Washington DC: 
-Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here
-Sackler Gallery presents Lara Baladi's (born 1969) Perspectives, in which the Egyptian-Lebanese artist experiments with the photographic medium, investigating its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East. More here.

Paris:
-Institut du monde Arabe features Les fables de Kalila et Dimna which originated as a collection of tales composed in India around the fourth century ce for the education of princes. More here


San Francisco:
-SF Public Library presents Arabic, Language of the Quran, where each artist takes a verse from the Quran and illustrates it through calligraphy, painting and other art forms. The artworks are a variety of mediums from traditional calligraphy to digital media, ceramics and stained glass. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:
If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher, please share your story at info@alefb.org.


An Alefb advocate with superpowers

Please meet 18 year-old Randy - Alefb Alumni, Washington D.C. 

Randy was born to Lebanese parents in Washington D.C. Despite understanding the language, and although Arabic was primarily spoken in his household, Randy, like most heritage kids, preferred to answer in English. His parents traveled to Lebanon with him and his sister almost every summer. While Randy and Nadine would come back to the United States excited to continue practicing their parents' native language, a couple of months attending a public American school was enough to re-immerse them in this new environment, in which it was easier to forget about Arabic. Until one day, they discovered Alefb!

When Randy first enrolled in Alefb, he did not know how to write his name in Arabic. Merely three years later, he started studying for the International Baccalaureate at Jeb Stuart High School, with Arabic as his first language! His teacher was afraid he would not be able to succeed: she thought that Arabic was too difficult, and she did not want to risk a failure for the school. With Alefb's help, and with the support of his parents at home, Randy is now on the path to success: he writes IB level essays, speaks, and presents with total confidence. He will be one of the first students to obtain an International Baccalaureate with Arabic as a primary language in Fairfax County. 

More than that, Randy has founded an Arabic Club at his school, in which he is joined by fifteen other students from different nationalities interested in the Arabic language and culture.

Today, Nadine is following in his footsteps, as well as are many students who are eager to embrace the Arabic language and culture.

Indeed, Randy, Nadine, and all of their peers in the Arabic club have an unusual superpower: they can all speak Arabic!

Hopefully, Randy's story will inspire many more students and their parents. Together, we can empower our children to become the role models of tomorrow... 

We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org

Our Team wishes you a very Merry Christmas
&
 a Linguistically and Culturally Wonderful 2016!

                                           


 

Alefb... The playful way to learn Arabic language and culture
Phone: 1.301.919.4481
Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!
Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!
Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!
Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.

Three ways to motivate our children to learn Arabic:
- Immerse in an Arabic speaking environment, once a year
- Read to them in Arabic, watch movies and youtube videos in Arabic with them but always be careful to screen those before.
- Enroll them in a once a week Arabic activity -- Alefb would be a good choice :)

Children learn a language when they have either an emotional interest or a value related interest. Emotional often comes from the desire to please a loved one (in the case of heritage kids, it would be the parents, it could also be the teacher). On the other hand, some kids would like to see what value there is for them to learn this language, be it to communicate in order to be understood, or just a material reward.

Finally, check out a kid's guide to Arab American history as a resource to help you motivate your children.

Educational  Resources:

Use this fun website to create art with Arabic words. Ask your child for his favorite word in Arabic, or English (you will translate it for her in Arabic), type it in Arabic using a visual Arabic keyboard (learn how to add Arabic to your Microsoft office suite, here) and copy paste the word in the appropriate box. Pick your style and your font and let the magic work... Send us a picture of you masterpiece,  and  we will post it in our next Newsletter. 

Cultural and Community resources:

We can't but pay tribute in this newsletter to the great poet, writer, playwright and language reformer Said Akl, who passed away at 102 years old. Said Akl promoted the use of the Lebanese dialect written in a modified Latin alphabet rather than the Arabic one. More here.

ردني إلى بلادي مع نسائم الغوادي
مع شعاعة تغاوت عند شاطئ و وادي
ردني إلى بلادى
سعيد عقل  
Take me back to my country...with the ongoing breeze...with the light dancing on a coast and a valley... Take me to my country...

Watch Song Video performed by Feyrouz on Said Akl's poem here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that all the "Rindala" and "Yara" owe their original names to Said Akl who created them?

Another giant of the Lebanese and Arabic culture passed away this month: Singer and actress Jeanette Feghali, also known as Shahroura or Sabah, died at age 87. Read more here.  Listen and watch Sabah singing a Dabke song (traditional dance) with your children here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sabah's career spanned 60 years  and she created more than 90 films and thousands of songs?
 
Choose the best gift for the holidays from this collection of good reads and good views for children and adults, about the Middle East.

You can also choose from up to five games to enhance your children's Arabic skills. 
"Dourak" is an online shop specializing in language games for Arabic speakers and learners.  

Share with your children our Arabic culture, go out to the museum, to the movies. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:

If you would like to share an event please let us know at info@alefb.org

- Newseum's exhibit on ethnic media tells The Arab American News’ story. More here

- Wendell Phillips Collection:Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the exhibition team, the collection highlights Phillips’s key finds in South Arabia (present-day Yemen), and recreates his adventures and conveys the thrill of discovery on the last great archaeological frontier. October 11 through June 7. Sackler Gallery,Washington, D.C. More here 

- Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. through February 22. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. More here

- Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: October 24 through January 18. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco More here.

- Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (San Francisco). June 21 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. More here

STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:

If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher,  please share your story at info@alefb.org 

Let's celebrate... Alefb Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

Kan ya ma kan, once upon a time, there was... Rafah….
Rafah is a mom, a friend,  and a teacher like no other...
She came to Alefb in its Washington DC early days, bringing her enthusiasm, rigor and special education degree. She was eventually interested in teaching her son the Arabic language and culture. Rafah has a special education background but she never taught Arabic as a foreign language to children before joining Alefb. Yet, she rolled up her sleeves and got on the job. 
About 6 school years of teaching part-time, developing two levels of curricula and nurturing more than  50 children, Rafah is now working full-time, managing grants for teachers of foreign languages all over the world.
Today,Rafah gives back to the community by training Alefb's  teachers on our curriculum, either here in the US or in Paris, France. She enjoys it as much as her first days of teaching.
From an educated mom to a fulfilled professional and role model, Rafah was able to raise her son in the Arabic language and culture as well as contribute to Alefb's non-profit educational mission.
In the same manner, every Alefb teacher, in Paris-France, Washington DC or San Francisco is contributing to preserving our Arabic heritage.
Dedication and commitment are key. 
Whether we are parents or teachers. How many of us are willing to do this for the sake of our children and the future generation?
How many of us can claim to have made a difference in a child's life?
How many of us do not want to hear this much too often heard blame from older teen-agers: Mom, Dad, why didn't you teach us Arabic?
Shouldn't we all be teachers, educators, nurturers in what we know best?....

 We are looking to hear from you on this topic at info@alefb.org
Share your experience and join our team of parents/educators.


WE NEED YOU:
  • If you have stories to share, please send them our way at info@alefb.org
  • Please propose field trips in your area that are relevant to the Arabic culture and language.
  • Come to our classes and perform one of your talents or just read a story, tell us about a traditional holiday, or about your job.

Our Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Linguistically- Culturally Wonderful 2015!

Ahlan wa Sahlan To Alefb Newsletter!

As our colleague Samar, from Alefb - Paris says, wherever we are in this world we do carry our language with us either consciously or not, as it is a fundamental part of us.

We are looking to move forward into 2015 with renewed energy and confidence about our commitment to the Arabic language and culture. 


لُغتي في غربتي

في تجلّيها     تُسوِّغني

تَصُوغني

تحكيني حين  أحكيها

........

أأكونُ كًونَها  أم كوني

كامنٌ فيها؟

ما هي حروفٌ

تَتلوى رقصاً

على نغَمٍ  

 من نواميس القواعدْ

هي وقْع الروح

 لُقياً أميّ

وعيناً أبي

على أعتاب الفرائدْ

أنشودتي في غربتي

ومهجتي رسالة مفروشة على المدى

كلمات....

...........

ملاذي في غربتي

هوية حملتها في حِلّيّ وترحالي....

غربتي عنكِ

  مرارة غربتي عن أميّ

غير أني

أحمل أمي في قلبي

وأحملكِ وعي  أنت ولاوعيّ

د.سمرمحمد سعد

مقطوعة مهداة إلى لسان حال مَن يحملون لغة الضاد في حقائب سفرهم...هَوّية  قرأتها في عيونهم كما اقرؤها في عيون تلامذتي الذين يبحثون أيضاً عن انتمائهم في هذه اللغة القريبة البعيدة. أبثها أيضاً إلى الذين التقيتم اليوم، في اليوم العالمي للّغة العربية  الذي أُقيم في مقر منظمة الاونيسكو في باريس.


Like every year since 2012, the world celebrated World Arabic Language Day this December 18, in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris France, Dr.Samar Saad reports. 



NEWS from Alefb:

Since the launch of our website in June 2014, we are proud to count more than 10,000 visitors! Thank you!

Three months into our Alefb school year, we are thrilled to let you know that our students have accomplished great progress.You can read all about our weekly lessons and see pictures here.

By popular demand, we worked hard to add more features to our website so that our teachers provide timely information about our classes, online. Please make sure you check our website every week for updates.

Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session. Deadline is January 2, 2015. 

We will be opening new classes in Millbrae-CA, and we are looking for dedicated teachers. Our training program is available to our potential candidates on an ongoing basis. This program is meant to equip our team members with the tools and methodology to become successful teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language, using the unique Alefb curriculum.
We are recruiting and would like to hear from you.

Teachers are our core asset, however we also need to be able to rely on volunteers and interns to activate our social media strategy, and build on the momentum created by the endorsement granted to Alefb by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Please contact us now.

Finally, we are looking for board members who share our vision, and would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please drop us  a line. 

Together with a strong team and a solid curriculum, we believe that culture is inherent to the learning of a foreign language. In that regard, Alefb, partnered with the Arab Film Festival to organize the San Francisco premiere screening of Lebanese movie Heritages/Mirath in the presence of film maker Philippe Aractingi. Close to 300 spectators were present for this one evening only event, at the San Francisco French School on December 4, 2014. 
 
We also plan on organizing our first field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  Road to Arabia exhibit is closing on January 18, 2015. Please send us your name and contacts, if you would like to join a guided Alefb trip in Arabic, herebefore January 5 .                       

ALEFB  HINT TO REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:

Take time during this holiday season to cook with your children in Arabic. You can get some inspiration here

Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to prepare Meghli at Christmas, in Lebanon? Learn how right hereSend us a picture of your preparation and we will post it in our next Newsletter.

FROM AROUND THE WEB:

WHAT YOU CAN DO to motivate your kids to learn the Arabic language and culture?

Arabic is classified as a Less Commonly Taught Language in the US, and it is one of the most taught foreign languages in France. However, Arabic does not enjoy the appeal of other foreign languages and more often than not, is related to pejorative ideas.

I'm sure you all heard this before: 
"I want my son to be proud! When he was 12, my son , Mike, walked into our living room and said to me , "Dad, I hate Arabs." I was shocked. My parents' background is Lebanese. I though I'd taught Mike to be proud of his Arab heritage. Of course, like most kids born here, he thought of himself as American, period. 
I asked why he hated Arabs."
Here's how Casey Kasem, famed American Top 40 countdown DJ speaks about how to fight stereotypes: here.