Diglossia Releases Mubakkir™ Arabic Early Reading Assessment
First online test to measure literacy development in Arabic learners
Abu Dhabi, UAE – 27 November 2017: Diglossia has announced the release of Mubakkir, the Arabic Early Reading Assessment designed for native and non-native learners at beginning and intermediate proficiency levels. Experts agree that early and frequent measurement of young learners’ progress toward the acquisition of early literacy skills is an essential element for developing successful readers and writers, and the test addresses a need in the MENA region for a standards-based Arabic early literacy assessment.
Mubakkir gives teachers and administrators a powerful and easy-to-use tool for the systematic gathering of student data to inform effective instruction and intervention. The mobile app is a suite of individually administered tests designed to help schools and teachers determine how early readers are performing on critical pre-literacy and early literacy skills. The test is administered up to 6 times per year in a one-to-one setting, where the teacher uses the mobile app while the student reads from printed phonics or story sheets. Student performance is audibly recorded while the teacher is tracking fluency and identifying miscues to monitor and record progress.
The assessment makes it easy to maintain a running record of student progress towards meeting the benchmark requirements for six to ten pre-reading and early reading skills identified by experts as essential to the development of reading fluency in young learners. As a formative assessment tool, the detailed data gives teachers diagnostic information to provide every child with meaningful feedback, and to develop personalized, evidence-based remediation and intervention strategies.
Mubakkir consists of a mobile application available on Apple or Android devices that captures responses and keeps a running record of progress, and printed test sheets to elicit oral responses from students in a one-to-one test administration. A full range of individual, class and school reports are available on a customizable dashboard. The 2-3 minute tests are designed to be administered frequently, approximately once every four to six weeks. Mubakkir is available to download on the Apple App or Google Play stores.
Mimi Jett, Diglossia Co-Founder and CEO, is excited about the release. “We are honored to partner with the Arab Thought Foundation on Mubakkir, the first online test to measure literacy development in Arabic language learners. Early literacy skills are critical in preparing children for success in school and in life, and Mubakkir gives educators the data necessary to ensure achievement for early Arabic readers. The test furthers our commitment to partner with MENA educational organizations in realizing our shared goal of supporting Arabic language literacy throughout the world.”
Mubakkir was created in partnership with the Arab Thought Foundation to promote early literacy skills in young learners, and is part of the foundation’s efforts to improve the teaching and learning of Arabic language with standards, materials, tools, and support, throughout the Arab world. The development of Mubakkir was funded by the Arabi 21 Project under the guidance of Dr. Hanada Taha and the Arab Thought Foundation.
Diglossia FZ-LLC, launched in 2014 as a global language assessment company dedicated to fostering language development and literacy throughout the Middle East and North Africa. We partner with leading language experts, academics and educational institutions to develop strategic, standards-based, data-driven solutions for the unique challenges of modern language education. Our suite of language assessments provide educators with valid and reliable data to help understand individual student progress and make informed decisions on program effectiveness, adopting new curricula, and targeting professional development needs. Diglossia FZ-LLC is a wholly owned UAE subsidiary, licensed and registered through the twofour54 Media Zone Authority and located in Abu Dhabi at the new North Park office building.
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About Arab Thought Foundation:
The Arab Thought Foundation is an international, independent non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Beirut (Lebanon), founded by His Royal Highness, Prince Khalid Al Faisal in the year 2000. It is a solidarity initiative between business community & intellectuals to promote pride in the Arab nation's core values and identity and achieve Arab cultural cohesiveness, while being open to other cultures of the world. Education is an integral part of the Foundation’s development and cultural mission, and the Foundation is focused on Arab educational and teaching reforms by sponsoring a variety of innovative projects that address the needs of the region.
Arabi 21 is an Arab culture, education and renaissance driven project created by the Foundation with support from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The project envisions a future where any Arab citizen can acquire some education level throughout their life.
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Dr. Hanada Taha
Tel: +971 52 951 6923