Salam Alaikum (Hello)! Some of you may already be able to tell that I have chosen Arabic (write and read) for my In-Depth study this year. I am personally very excited to start my In-Depth this year because it is a skill that I think will be useful to me in the near and far future. Since it is a language I already speak at home, this topic stood out to me because I would not only have my mentor to teach me but I would also have two mentors at home to help me with any additional questions I have before I meet with my mentor again. Another reason why I chose how to write and read Arabic is because it is a skill that I want to keep with me until I grow up and have my own kids to then I will be able to teach them Arabic and continue the life of the language in my family. I also think that learning how to read and write a language will be extremely difficult but is a challenge that I think that I will not only enjoy but complete successfully as well.
Now, I realize that 6 months is not nearly enough time to become an expert on how to write and read Arabic or any language at that matter. However, I believe that the goals that I have mapped out for myself are timely, realistic, and achievable, tying in to our SMART goals. Without further a due, here are my goals I have for In-Depth 2015:
1) Knowing all the letters and their sounds
2) Being able to read and understand sentences and short paragraphs in Arabic
3) Being able to write sentences and short paragraphs
4) Able to read children’s stories
5) Being able to write a composition describing me
I think that these goals are all achievable if I work hard and stay to a 1 time per week mentor session with my mentor, Maysa Habob.
I am fortunate to have found a mentor that is willing to teach me how to read and write Arabic for 5 months because without her I would not be able to pursue my Arabic studies for this year. I am not too familiar with my mentor so I am excited to get to know her as a person and as a teacher. I think it is important to have a good student-teacher relationship because I know that for me personally I will be able to understand and trust the person easier if I know a little bit about them first. I also think it is a good chance for me to broaden my horizons and make new connections with people that I don’t know that maybe will become useful to me in the future as well. Nonetheless, I am itching to begin learning how to read and write Arabic with my mentor, Maysa.
To conclude, I would just like to say that I enjoy this project very much because it gives us, TALONS students to find new passions that we might not know we are passionate about and to take that passion and do something with it. Similarly, with the assembly we recently had, maybe In-Depth will spark our fire and we might be able to continue forward with the new skill we learned. I believe it is moments like these that define us as TALONS students. Being able to take that breath and embrace it because we never know where it might take us.