ADC American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee

ADC is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. Note their concerns about bias in many resources used in American schools.

Arab American Resources from the Arab American National Museum, Community Organizations, video resources, books, and multiple other resources.

Interagency Language Roundtable Web bibliography of Language/Area Studies Resources - Arabic, cultural information, native language resources, focus primarily on teaching Arabic as a foreign language, but many resources are helpful. See News in Simplified Arabic for audio and text summarizes.

Arab American and Muslim Culture, Experience, and Issues An annotated bibliography of resources prepared by WISE: (Working together to Improve Schools and Education) from Ithaca College

Introduction to language differences

The pages on this subsite contain descriptions of the most significant differences between English and 16 other languages. Note the discussion of "interlanguage" rather than "interference" or "negative transfer".
"Some researchers claim that most mistakes are consistent with the learner's developing rule system, called an interlanguage, and are due to faulty inferences about the target language rather than to interference from the first."

The differences between English and Arabic This article explains some of the differences between the two languages.

Understanding the Errors English-speaking ELLs Slide share resource that presents common errors of Arabic-speaking English Learners with suggested strategies that emphasize inductive, interactive teaching methods. See other slide share resources.

5 Writing Trouble Spots for ESL Students of Arabic This article by Lina Gomez explores 5 common writing problems of Arabic-speaking ELs and gives suggestions for addressing them.

Multilingual Literacy Resources Massachusetts Educators of English Language Learners

Be sure to see the Free Multilingual Online Libraries.

Parent Handouts and Tip Cards

The print materials address general parenting and home-school involvement. They are available in English, and other languages including Arabic

Reading Tip Sheets for ParentsDeveloped by ColorĂ­n Colorado, "the premier national website serving educators and families of English language learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12" for parents of children in Preschool through Third Grade. Select Arabic


Fostering Active Comprehension: Asking and Answering Questions by Shadia Salem, a first grade Transitional Arabic Bilingual Teacher at Dorn Elementary School in Hickory Hills, IL. 2nd place in the WIDA 2012 video contest. Excellent application of effective instructional practices for all learners.