God Almighty’s great declaration (noon walqalami wama yasturoon) bestows a great importance on the Arabic writing. Are we conscious and appreciative of the importance of writing? Are we aware that the Arabic writing has become one of the problems of the Arabic language, after it was one of its features?
Shockingly, the acknowledgment of this problem is not leading to any solution; the traditional method in acquiring and strengthening students’ writing skills is still dominant, in addition to the random students’ assessments and improvement tools adopted. Consequently, our practices are still far from perfect, as we still dedicate a single class during the week for Arabic language writing, and this class usually comes at the end of the day. Moreover, the Arabic language writing class will be named, on the students’ schedules, with a traditional name, such as comprehension class!
Going over the writing topic selection process, the students are asked to write about a topic that they are unfamiliar with, without getting the required support in the writing process and without ensuring that they possess the writing tools. As a result, the writing assessment becomes ambiguous to both, the student and the teacher without providing any feedback to the students on how and where they can improve their writing. Consequently, the assessment process ends with a grade and a generalized comment, like “Well Done, Thanks”.
Arabic language teachers will have to abandon the concepts and the practices they employ when teaching Arabic writing, which they will do eventually.
In this context, Noon Alkitabah program significance surfaces:
- Noon Alkitabah program aims to develop the techniques of teaching Arabic language writing through a unified framework that achieves integration across the different educational cycles, while following unified standards of the Arabic language.
- The program empowers the students with the writing skills through a scientific practical approach.
- The program develops the occupational aspect of the Arabic language, thus transforming it into a manageable tool that the students can practice in their educational, practical and entertaining activities.
- Noon Alkitabah provides an integrated assessment procedure to evaluate the learning progress, which in turn ensures success.
- The program analyzes the students writing models throughout the different educational cycles to provide the teacher with a guiding manual.
- Noon Alkitabah program enables the students with the opportunity to examine actual reading models and to explore the experiences of actual writers.
- Noon Alkitabah program is a diversified program; covering all writing genres, which integrates the character development process for the students.
- Noon Alkitabah program resists old-fashioned concepts that treat writing as an individual work dedicated to the elite only. The hypotheses set in the program will open up writing opportunities for all.
- In this program, writing for life is practiced, as writing is actually life.
Program components & objectives:
Noon Alkitabah program comprises eight training workshops. The duration of each workshop is five hours, totaling forty hours for all training workshops.
- The training program aims to: develop the participants’ competencies in teaching writing through a scientific and practical approach, and according to the six writing traits, particularly:
At the end of the training program, the participant is expected to:
- Develop a clear vision about the six writing traits.
- Apply the six traits when teaching and evaluating students’ writings.
- Value the importance of developing students’ writing skills.