IIt’s been a while since we spotlighted any new Arabic apps here on the site but this one really is special. Arabic with Taha and Maryam is a digital board game app from Arrabee that is designed to help youngsters learn, recognise and pronounce Arabic letters and numbers.
The game itself is easy to play as it works in a similar way to traditional board games like snakes and ladders. Up to four students can play at the same time so a 1:1 program isn’t required. Having spun the spinner to move around the board, a flashcard challenge appears which then challenges them to identify the letter from a selection. Correct answers earn them coins. When someone reaches the end of the track (a mosque) they win the game but a second winner is announced as the player who earned the most coins!
What truly elevates this app though is the fact that there are three difficulty levels that students can select from whilst playing the same game. This means that a weaker student can compete in the same game with a stronger student fairly! This really is a brilliant idea and one that all other educational multiplayer game apps could learn from. I honestly can’t think of one other app that has this feature!
Progress is tracked for up to 30 students per device with a great visual displaying how far they have progressed learning each of the Arabic letters.
Oh and the app is completely free and devoid of any in-app purchases or adverts! It’s an ideal resource for KS1 students learning Arabic as a second language and one that all Arabic teachers across the UAE and beyond should go download right now!