Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

Monthly Update sign up
Mailing List signup

Teaching Foreign Languages K–12

A Library of Classroom Practices

بيت أحلامي
A Place I Call Home

اضغط هنا للترجمة باللغة العربية

Video Summary

In this lesson, students learn vocabulary used to describe the rooms and exterior features of houses, including their own dream houses. Ms. Mayalah introduces the day's lesson by playing music for the class in which Lebanese singer SabaaH sings about her "dear little house." After reviewing the class agenda with the students, Ms. Mayalah shows videos of a traditional house in Syria and Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram's modern house in Lebanon, and introduces vocabulary to describe the features of each house. Next, students work in pairs to complete a sentence-strip activity, choosing whether a written description describes the traditional house or the modern one. Students use worksheets to write descriptions of their own dream houses and interview one another about their dream houses. They then present their descriptions orally and without using their notes to the entire class.

Standards Addressed


Interpersonal, Presentational





Key Terms
heritage speaker
thematic units

Next >
Classroom at a Glance
Teacher: Manar Mayalah
Language: Arabic II and III
Grades: 9 and 10
School: Granada Hills Charter School, Los Angeles, California
Lesson Date: March 10
Class Size: 22 (filmed with 12)
Schedule: 55 minutes daily

Arabic: A Place I Call Home >
Introduction | Class Context | Analyze the Video | Connect to Your Teaching | Standards | Resources

Foreign Languages Home | Video Organizer Chart
About the Library | General Resources | Glossary | Video Library Guide | Site Map


© Annenberg Foundation 2017. All rights reserved. Legal Policy