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A Way of Supporting Non-Arabic Speakers in Identifying Arabic Letters and Reading Arabic Script in an E-Learning System

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This paper reports how a new e-learning system for Arabic language supports the beginners of non-Arabic speakers in identifying each Arabic letter in a word and reading/pronouncing Arabic script. In Arabic, letters forming a word are connected to each other. Each Arabic letter has three different figures according to its position in a word (beginning, middle or end). Users’ studies were conducted with 77 examinees in Japan to find which one is preferable for identifying letters of two alternatives: coloring letters or separating letters with spaces. Results showed that colored alternative is preferable. We are developing an e-learning system that incorporates the coloring way and our right-to-left phonetic to support learners in identifying and reading/pronouncing Arabic script by themselves.

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  • E-Learning
  • Arabic learning
  • Multimedia
  • Roman phonetics
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This research has been supported by Egyptian government in a form of a scholarship to one of the authors. We are grateful to the students of the Computer Science Department at WASEDA University, the students of YUAI School, the Islamic community and ISLAMIC CENTER in Japan.

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Mosa, A., Katsuhiko, K. (2014). A Way of Supporting Non-Arabic Speakers in Identifying Arabic Letters and Reading Arabic Script in an E-Learning System. In: Vincenti, G., Bucciero, A., Vaz de Carvalho, C. (eds) E-Learning, E-Education, and Online Training. eLEOT 2014. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, vol 138. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-13293-8_15

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