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ADEC introduces Scrabble to improve Arabic writing skills

Posted Mon 17 Jun 2013 07:06:41 pm in News, Culture & Education | By News Desk

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Abu Dhabi, June 17 2013: The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) will introduce the Arabic Scrabble Project to Grade 6 students across Abu Dhabi public schools as an extracurricular learning resource by the next academic year 2013/2014.

Scrabble is a word game in which players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board. The words are formed across and downwards in crossword fashion. The object of the game is to gain more points than your opponent. It can be played with two, three or four players and can also be played between two teams each consisting of two players.

The project comes in line with ADEC’s strategy to enhance the learning and teaching of Arabic, improve student vocabulary and writing skills and increase student motivation.

The pilot phase was implemented across six schools during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of the current academic year, taking into account gender, region (Abu Dhabi, Al-Ain and Western Region) and the three cycles, in order to measure the impact of the game in improving student writing skills.

Dr. Karima Al-Mazroui, ADEC’s Curriculum Division Manager, said that integrating diversified learning resources in the curriculum comes in line with ADEC’s plans & strategies to develop education in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The Project helps promote student skills, makes classroom environment more attractive, and focuses on activities and writing skills. 

 “ADEC will roll out the scrabble project among Grade 6 students to coincide with the implementation of the New School Model in the same grade next year and the project will be expanded to include Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 schools at a later phase,” said Dr. Al-Mazroui, who emphasized that the project aims to enable students to acquire new vocabulary which would improve their written skills and oral performance, build new words correctly, develop literacy skills, enhance student attachment to their mother tongue and take pride in Arabic.

During the implementation of the pilot phase, Arabic coordinators from the six schools were trained on the game’s strategy and laws. The training included live competition, where coordinators were handed over game kits at the end of the training in order to train their colleagues who in turn will train students.

Students have undergone two assessments, one prior to playing the game, and the other after months of practice to measure the impact of the game on improving their writing skills. During the pilot phase, students as well as schools developed a great interest in the game, scrabble clubs were formed, students practiced the game and competed within dual and quad groups under the supervision of a teacher and a standard dictionary was used  in case of dispute (in accordance with the game’s international law). Local competitions have been held at both school and regional levels.

The pilot outcomes showed improvement in writing skills for most of the students who have participated in the game compared to their peers who didn’t. Moreover, students were able to acquire new vocabulary. 


About Abu Dhabi Education Council:

Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) was established in accordance with law No. 24 of 2005, issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE President, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The Chairman of ADEC is H.H. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the Vice-Chairman is H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs. The Council seeks to develop education and educational institutions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, implement innovative educational policies, plans and programs that aim to improve education, and support educational institutions and staff to achieve the objectives of national development in accordance with the highest international standards.

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