Conference Workshop (June 2021) | “I See What You Mean”: Training teachers to become competent visual teachers in the Arabic classroom

BATA Inaugural International Conference

  • Date: 24 & 25 June 2021
  • Location: Online
  • Organiser: The British Association of Teachers of Arabic (BATA) and the University of Leeds

Title of the Workshop        

  • “I See What You Mean”: Training teachers to become competent in visual teachers in the Arabic classroom

Key words      

  • Visual teaching, visual literacy, visual-rich technologies, eLearning, teacher training


  • Curriculum design and development
  • Teaching Arabic and professional development
  • Technology-based e-learning Arabic

Presentation Abstract

 We live in a world, where we became predominantly visual communicators (and teachers) and where the wise Henrik Ibsen said: “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.” which then was changed by Tess Flanders to “A picture is worth a thousand words’ applies more than ever. This is equally true for Arabic learners and teachers who are submerged in visual imagery such as images, videos, emojis, avatar, infographics and other visual aids.

Visual aids have proven to be a popular teaching aid, allowing teachers and students alike ample opportunities to express their creativity in creating teacher- and student-generated resources.

This paper aims to explore the power, impact and educational benefits of visual learning and teaching from both the practitioner and student’s perspective. The paper will highlight the latest research findings and share personal reflections of many years of experimentation with visual teaching of the Arabic language and culture at the University of Edinburgh, including lessons learnt from training MFL & Arabic teachers to embrace visual teaching in their practice.

The presentation will cover discussions, namely around: 

  • How visual aids can be utilised effectively to maximise the teaching of productive and receptive language skills, vocab-building, grammar understanding, pronunciation and culture awareness, particularly relevant to the Arabic learner.
  • To examine the potential possibilities and educational value of visual imagery, digital photography, virtual realia and visual-rich technologies available.
  • To put a call to aspiring and experienced teachers to tap into the power and impact of this relatively poorly understood and utilised field (Maley, A., Keddie, J 2009) but mostly taken-for-granted and overlooked area that could positively impact teacher’s practice and learner engagement.
  • To put a case forward to teachers to rethink their material development rationale and how to shift away from static and unengaging text-based content/curricula to visually-rich and image-enhanced resource design.

Finally, the paper will introduce a number of tried-and-tested ideas and recommendations that are innovative, practical and easy to implement within and outside the Arabic classroom


Events Calendar

Conferences, training workshops, symposia and similar events on Arabic language education and related fields . Updated regularly as and when events are advertised.

If you know of other events that should be added to this calendar, please feel free to share them in the comments section


Event: Digital transformation of Arabic Language Learning and Teaching: Post Pandemic Implications

  • Date: December 18th-19th, 2021
  • Organiser: The Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI) and The Department of Applied LinguisticsTeaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) In Collaboration with Leiden University Language Learning Resource Centre (LLRC) Announce The Fourth Biennial International Conference

Conference in Innovation in language teaching and learning

  • 11 – 12 November 2021
  • 7 June 2021 Deadline for submitting abstract

ICALR 2021: International Conference on Arabic Language and Rhetoric

  • Date: August 05-06, 2021
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

BATA Inaugural International Conference

  • Location: 24 & 25 June 2021, Online
  • Organiser: The British Association of Teachers of Arabic (BATA) and the University of Leeds

A Small Symposium on “New Trends in Arabic Language and Literacy Teaching

  • Organiser: The Education Unit of ATINER
  • Date : 17-20 May 2021
  • Location: Athens, Greece

ICAIS 2021: International Conference on Arabic and Islamic Studies

  • Date: April 22-23, 2021
  • Location: ONLINE, New York, United States

The 3rd Biennial Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in the UK Higher Education Conference

  • Organiser: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies conference
  • Date: 8 – 9 April 2021
  • Location: Online (Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies)
  • Call for Papers: The deadline for submissions to the 3rd Biennial Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in the UK Higher Education Conference is 12:00 am (GMT) on Saturday 19th December 2020

“العربية: أسئلة في الجذور والافاق”

  • Event: “العربية: أسئلة في الجذور والافاق”
  • Date : اليوم: الساعة ١٢:٣٠ ظهرا (الدوحة)
  • Organsier: د. منتصر الحمد – جامعة قطر

1. هل العربية شريفة أم مشرفة
2. الاصل السامي للغة والخط العربيين
3. هل ستصمد امام العولمة والعمالة الوافدة والعربيزي وغيرها.
4. مأسسة العربية باعتبارها راس مال بشري

محاضرات معرض الكتاب الإفتراضي – اللغة العربية: الجموع الأصيلة

Reflections on the Launch & End of EdArabFest 2015

Today in Edinburgh marks the end of this year’s glorious International Arts Festival (the Fringe) and last week we too celebrated the launch and end of the 1st Edinburgh Arab Festival 2015.

What an amazing festival it was!

The festival might have only lasted two short days, but these two days were full of surprises and happy memories for me personally to cherish over the years. Having envisaged this festival months ago as a modest cultural event that will showcase what Edinburgh’s Arab community has to offer, the high attendance and excitement about the event has simply exceeded all my expectations and predictions.

What we witnessed over the two festive days was phenomenal and truly reflected the key message of the EdArabFest: Beauty, Diversity, Richness.

Over the past four months, and with the help of many dedicated people and organisations, we managed to put together something for everyone. A wide array of open and scheduled events around: art, calligraphy, storytelling, poetry, lectures on history and science, fashion, film screenings, live music, folkloric dance, photography, language taster classes, authentic traditional cuisines, food tasting, cooking, tea ceremonies, children activities, dressing-up, panel discussions, literature readings and much more.

We also had a huge media interest and overage from Al-Jazeera Live, BBC Arabic and BBC World Service.

I personally believe and hope that the Edinburgh Arab Festival will continue to grow from strength to strength and remain a solid annual feature of the Fringe Festival.

I’d like to thank every member of the EdArabFest team who dedicated time and effort to make this festival a reality, including our wonderful volunteers, partners, sponsors, exhibitors and anyone who has supported the festival in spirit and attendance.

For those of you who attended the festival, I sincerely hope that you had an enjoyable cultural experience and hope you left the event enlightened, informed and full of inspiration, with plenty of unforgettable moments and newly forged friendships.

We will be sending a call for feedback soon (with lots of prizes to give away as a thank you gesture). We are also interested in your photos, videos and social media interactions during and after the festival. More information on this will be shared soon.

Until then, I look forward to welcoming you next year to the Edinburgh Arab Festival 2016.

Best Wishes

Mourad Diouri

EdArabFest Founder & Director

PS. There were other volunteers who didn’t make it to the photo call but they are still celebrated in spirit.