Like most parents of my generation, I spent a lot of time in weekend Arabic classes, with days that seemed longer than the week. The lessons were boring, the methods ineffective, the results non-existent.
In 2006, Mouadh, my oldest child, came into the world. Then in 2007 Safiya joined him. As a parent who is passionate about the Arabic language, I whole-heartedly wanted them to learn Modern Standard Arabic but I didn’t know how to go about it. Besides speaking to them in an Arabic dialect and putting on cartoons for them in Modern Standard Arabic, I didn’t know of any other way to enhance their level of Arabic! Additionally, I didn’t want them to take the traditional classes that were given by the associations in my city.
I had understood that the method of teaching them to read and write without comprehension wasn’t effective and would lead nowhere. Not to mention the fact that the desire to learn Arabic was not aroused at all in the children.