EZ-Arabic for Children: A Virtual Learning Resource Tool for Malaysian Primary Schools

Mohd Shahrizal, Nasir and Mohd Firdaus, Yahaya (2012) EZ-Arabic for Children: A Virtual Learning Resource Tool for Malaysian Primary Schools. In: 6th International Conference on University Learning and Teaching (InCULT 2012), 01 January 1970, Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.

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This innovation features a virtual Arabic learning tool prototype, which is specifically designed for learners at primary schools in Malaysia. The innovative process begun with the literature analysis of 3 theories based on the work of Nation (2003), Prensky (2001) and Mayer (2001). The design and development of this game-based learning prototype are modelled on the methods and approaches of design and development research (Richey & Klein, 2007) or formerly known as developmental research (Richey, Klein & Nelson, 2004). This method is also known as designed case (Reigeluth & Frick, 1999), design-based research (Reeves, 2006 & Herrington, et. al, 2007), formative research (Nieveen, 2007), and design research (Bannan-Ritland, 2003; Van der Akker, 2007). This prototype is designed and developed based on ‘design principles’ adapted from a study by Muhammad Sabri (2011), which was conducted on the design and development of an online Arabic vocabulary learning games prototype among preuniversity learners in IIUM. This expanded Arabic virtual learning tool prototype enables teachers and students access to additional Arabic language learning aids, and complementing traditional learning methods. It facilitates Arabic learning enhancement through a compendium and variety of open-sources of learning tools such as the followings : a) E-book of Arabic text books, including extra reading story books, b) Educational Arabic games, c) Audio learning aids (MP 3) in Arabic, d) Visual learning aids (MP 4) in Arabic, e) Online dictionary and translator for Arabic, f) Online chat-box for virtual discussion and synchronous learning, g) Arabic keyboard for PC without stickers in Arabic letters, and h) Links of various websites for learning Arabic for children. The prototype provides a new learning experience for students who have been through a traditional Arabic teaching and learning methods, by immersing into the attractive, interesting and interactive virtual learning environment. The prototype is still in its pilot phase of design and development by analysing the feedbacks from teachers and pupils from several selected teachers in Malaysian primary schools. The prospect potential market and use of this product are wide, it includes: schools, universities and other learning institutions, special programmes, eg: J-Qaf, KAFA, states religious schools, etc. The URL for this prototype is http://ezarabic.net/v1/. This initial prototype won bronze medal award in 2012 International Islamic University Malaysia Research, Invention and Innovation Exhibition (IRIIE 2012) which was organised on 21-22 February 2012.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Languages & Communication
Depositing User: Rosnorzaini Rusli
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2020 06:30
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2020 06:30
URI: http://eprints.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/191

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