The Teaching of Arabic as a Foreign Language

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376 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780962153099 (0962153095)

June 2008


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American Association of Teachers of Arabic

The Teaching of Arabic as a Foreign Language
Issues and Directions
Mahmoud Al-Batal, Editor

In this volume leading teachers of Arabic, many of whom have written influential textbooks for advanced learners, explore the realities and challenges of teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Topics covered include the state of the Arabic teaching profession; the institutional challenges in U.S. and study-abroad programs; the teaching of various skills such as writing, reading, speaking, and listening; the varieties of Arabic and their relevance in the classroom; the uses of technology in the classroom; and testing. Published in 1995, many of the issues raised in this volume remain relevant today.

Distributed for the American Association of Teachers of Arabic

Mahmoud Al-Batal is an associate professor and director of the Arabic Flagship Program at University of Texas at Austin. He is coauthor (with Kristen Brustad and Abbas Al-Tonsi) of the Al-Kitaab Arabic textbook series.

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The Arabic Teaching Profession: Current Realities and Future Challenges
Mahmoud Al-Batal

1. The Teaching of Arabic in the United States: Whence and Whither?
Peter F. Abboud

2. The Institutional Setting of Arabic Language Teaching: A Survey of Program Coordinators and Teachers of Arabic in U. S. Institutions of Higher Learning
R. Kirk Belnap

3. Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language: Challenges of the Nineties
Alaa Elgibali and Zeinab Taha

4. Higher Level Language Skills in Arabic: Parameters and Issues
Roger Allen

5. Issues in the Teaching of the Productive Skills in Arabic
Mahmoud Al-Batal

6. Teaching Spontaneity in Elementary Arabic
Zev bar-Lev

7. The Role of Close Reading in the Elementary Arabic Curriculum
Margaret Larkin

8. The Grammar Controversy: What to Teach and Why
Zeinab Taha

9. Learning from Gulliver: The Teaching of "Culture" in an Advanced Arabic Language Course
Samar Attar

10. Discourse Competernce in TAFL: Skill Levels and Choice of Language Variety in the Arabic Classroom
Karin C. Ryding

11. An Integrated Curriculum for Elementary Arabic
Munther A. Younes

12. Computer-Assisted Language Learning for Arabic: Rationale and Research Potential
Mahdi Alosh

13. Computers and Proficiency Goals: Facing Facts
Dilworth B. Parkinson

14. Incorporating Video in Teaching Arabic
Ahmed Ferhadi

15. The Arabic Speaking Proficiency Test and Its Implementation
Raji Rammuny


Peter Abboud Mahmoud Al-Batal Roger Allen M. Mahdi Alosh Samar Attar Zev bar-Lev R. Kirk Belnap Alaa Elgibali Ahmed Ferhadi Margaret Larkin Dilworth B. Parkinson Raji M. Rammuny Karin C. Ryding Zeinab Taha Munther A. Younes