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These are articles related to teaching tips, or methodologies for Dr V. Abdur Rahim's Children's First Book, or :

The Madinah Course (for Children) : SET 1
دُروسُ اللُّغةِ العربيّةِ لِغيرِ النّاطِقينَ بِها-لِلأَطْفالِ


  In 2007 Dr V. Abdur Rahim presented me with the main ideas and an outline for his children’s books. I told him that at first look I thought the ideas were brilliant but that I needed to actually teach it in the classroom to gauge the students' understanding and be able to comment further.

  So, under his guidance, firstly I completed the missing parts, then I taught the books. During teaching I made sure there was sufficient word repetition. When I saw the need for it, I made changes. I modified and improved. The books were printed in small batches locally with the new changes, and then I did it all over again. In the process I needed exercises, so I worked on that. Then, I made PowerPoint presentations. Then, it started all over again...

  Years later and a hundred hours in the classroom as well as on the computer with several printings and what seemed like a million changes—teaching and modifying, again, and again—produced these books and presentations.

  I didn’t merely write these books; I lived them. It affected me personally if a student didn’t comprehend something. I saw it as an error on my part and tried to undo it. I worked tirelessly during this time with Dr V. Abdur Rahim as well as several others to all whom I am indebted. We tried to improve, repair, as well as add to these books what we saw as being better all the while judging the book by how well the students understood. 


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The Teacher's Module :
These are the PowerPoint presentations (in flash format and PDF) that we have found to be a valuable first-time introduction to Arabic for first-years students whose ages are roughly 7. The 60 page module is a fairly comprehensive overview of tips, and methodologies for first-year elementary students that we have used here in Malaysia, a non-Arab speaking country.

I am convinced that this module can be successful  elsewhere as well.

Here is the overview of Year 1 (on page 5 of the module)



Download the Teacher's Module HERE.

Untuk Versi Bahasa Melayu "Modul Guru Kursus Bahasa Arab" klik disini.

Following are the PowerPoint presentations (in flash format) as indicated in the above chart.


I've tried to make these readable/usable/ operable/invincible to anyone who downloads them.




All videos, sounds and fonts have been embedded.
What that means is you do NOT need any special software to run these. You do NOT even need PowerPoint itself.

However, as much as I've tried to make this work, you  may need to download this GOM player. (Sorry!)


I've included the PDF equivalent of these presentations to be printed up for those who do not have LCD projectors, nor laptops.

To download these directly to your computer, right-mouse click, and save.


[1] Arabic Alphabet Reader 

[2] Arabic Pictorially and Orally
    (three presentations)

    1- Presentation 1 Pictures Only (Before Textbook Level One of The Madinah Arabic Course for Children)
    2- Presentation 2 Pictures Only (Before Textbook Level One of The Madinah Arabic Course for Children)
    3- Presentation 3 Words Only (Before Textbook Level One of The Madinah Arabic Course for Children)


[3] Arabic Calligraphy
    (these are the videos we mentioned in the Teacher's Module)


This is the test we give first year-students for both mid-term exam, and final exam (kids forget, don't worry.)

Read this first (no, really it will help with the test) : click (HERE)
The first-year test : click (HERE)


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The Calligraphy Book :

Here is an example of a calligraphy (khat) presentational ―educational video I produced some years ago :



Please note that the website

mentioned in the video has been shut down.


The only website I have now is this one you are on now :


Click (HERE) for a sample of more advanced calligraphy (khat/خَطٌّ) given to me by the famous al-khattat (خَطَّاطٌ) Uthman Taha–the calligrapher for the Mushaf(1) (al-Quran) from the Medinah press and perhaps the most famous printing in the world.


For those interested in Khat (Arabic Calligraphy) you may find this link interesting :




(2) You can click (HERE) for an exhaustive list of calligraphy websites.



Following are Arabic letter-writing skills printouts :




(3) A Super basic intro to "How-to-hold-a-pen-for-     Kids printout (courtesy of



(4) Practice Alphabet Sheet


(5) The Arabic Alphabet (Black and White) 

(6) The Arabic Alphabet (Color)



Many students may be unaware that the famous Arabic calligrapher–Uthman Taha–has the font’s he used in the Mus-haf available for download at the King Fahd Website for the Qur’an Printing, Saudi Arabia.



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(1) Technical note : We say (mus-haf)  (مُصْحَف) when referring to the physical printed 
      book, and we say (al-Qur'an) (القُرْآن) when referring the recital, or the message given 
      to Muhammed–peace be upon him. [See my article : "A Burning Recital", under 
      "Common Mistakes"]

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