Arabic Archive

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BLC Travel Grant Report

With the increased interest in studying Arabic as a foreign language in universities around the world, the field of Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) attempts to respond to the needs of students and programs by creating Arabic language instructional materials and pioneering much needed research in the field. Because of the generous grant…

The Parrot’s Two Feet: Teaching French in Contact with Arabic

How can the language classroom account for the ecologies of language that generate bilingual and multilingual practices, attitudes, and cultural products? Using texts and media that incorporate French and Arabic, this project develops lesson plans to engage students in the critical appraisal of the values, agencies, and registers that shape language use in francophone cultures. …

Lecture by Roger Allen, April 4, 2011

Arabic: A More Commonly Taught Less Commonly Taught Language by Professor Roger Allen, Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, University of Pennsylvania. After presenting an introduction to the Arabic language and its history, I consider the development of Arabic-language pedagogy within academe over the course of the past half-century. Within the context of current discussions about…

Cultivating Awareness: Register and Context in First-Year Arabic

The teaching of Arabic in American universities today, like that of so many other more commonly taught foreign languages, has by and large come to be guided by the same communicative approach objectives that regularly inform the profession as a whole, such that curricula frequently place an explicit emphasis on the development of the four…

Colloquium on Language, Identity and Change in the Modern Arab World: Implications for the Study of Language and Culture, April 4-5, 2003 (C. Holes, I. Muhawi, M. Al-Batal, L. Sarraoub, M. Eid, J. Hayes, S. S’hiri, K. Walters, M. Cooperson)

Colloquium: Language, Identity and Change in the Modern Arab World: Implications for the Study of Language and Culture   Social History, Political History, and Dialect Prestige in the Arab World: The Cases of Bahrain, Jordan and Iraq Clive Holes, Oxford University UniversityNegotiating Diaspora: Translation and the Language of Exile Ibrahim Muhawi, Edinburgh Identity and Language…

Results in L2 Journal Articles

Politicizing Study Abroad: Learning Arabic in Egypt and Mandarin in China

This paper examines ideologies of American study abroad in politically and culturally “non-Western” countries. Drawing from the theory of orientalism (Said, 1978), we analyze how American public discourse on study abroad for learners of Mandarin and Arabic manifests an orientalist thinking, and how such macro discourse both produces multilingual subjects (Kramsch, 2010) and considerable tensions with the micro discourses of these subjects. Our findings show ...

Online Arabic Language Learning: What Happens After?

Learning Arabic, a category IV less commonly taught language, can be a daunting task even with the luxury of a five-day per week schedule, good teachers, office hours, and solid learning materials. This study reports on the successes and challenges of teaching Arabic within a distance-learning environment. ...

Integrating Portfolios into the L2 Arabic Classroom

This is an action research study that reports on using student portfolios in a second language (L2) Arabic class. The goal of this study was to examine the validity of using portfolios as an L2 assessment procedure and to ascertain the effectiveness of portfolios as an L2 learning tool. In this class, portfolios ...