Arabic language, Arab culture and football: an education resource for primary schools

Football is an exciting sport that brings together millions of young fans across the world each year.

In 2022, Qatar will be the first Arabic speaking country to host the World Cup. To mark the occasion, this resource from the British Council and Qatar Foundation International (QFI) provides information, opportunities for discussion and activities for primary teachers to share with their pupils. This will help them to find out about the lives of a group of girls in the Arab world who love football and start to investigate Arabic language and Arab culture.

Activity one

The first activity provides an opportunity to learn about the lives of girls in Egypt who have taken part in a Premier Skills football coaching programme, as part of the 1000 Dreams project. The girls introduce themselves and their ambitions and share how and why football is important to them.

Activity two

The second activity encourages pupils to find out about footballers who play for a country that is a member of the Arab League.

Both activities suggest ways to share the learning outcomes with a partner school overseas.

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