Beloved throughout the Arab world, soccer is enjoyed in many Middle Eastern countries both as a spectator sport and as a recreational activity throughout all segments of society, from pick-up games in the street to the professional level. Called kurat al-qadam – literally, “ball of the foot” – in formal Arabic, this pastime is also widely referred to in Arabic as simply kura (ball) or even borrowed straight from English as فوتبال.
We are a group of people who are passionate about the teaching and learning of Arabic. We believe that through culture we can inspire our learners to become intercultural citizens of the world and help them learn the Arabic language in a more authentic and interesting way. We strongly encourage you to incorporate cultural materials into your classroom and see the difference.