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. This title was 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.
IntroductionThe Arabic Teaching Profession: Current Realities and Future ChallengesMahmoud 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 LearningR. Kirk Belnap 3. Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language: Challenges of the NinetiesAlaa Elgibali and Zeinab Taha 4. Higher Level Language Skills in Arabic: Parameters and IssuesRoger Allen 5. Issues in the Teaching of the Productive Skills in ArabicMahmoud Al-Batal 6. Teaching Spontaneity in Elementary ArabicZev bar-Lev 7. The Role of Close Reading in the Elementary Arabic CurriculumMargaret Larkin 8. The Grammar Controversy: What to Teach and WhyZeinab Taha 9. Learning from Gulliver: The Teaching of "Culture" in an Advanced Arabic Language CourseSamar Attar 10. Discourse Competernce in TAFL: Skill Levels and Choice of Language Variety in the Arabic ClassroomKarin C. Ryding 11. An Integrated Curriculum for Elementary ArabicMunther A. Younes12. Computer-Assisted Language Learning for Arabic: Rationale and Research PotentialMahdi Alosh 13. Computers and Proficiency Goals: Facing FactsDilworth B. Parkinson14. Incorporating Video in Teaching ArabicAhmed Ferhadi15. The Arabic Speaking Proficiency Test and Its ImplementationRaji Rammuny Index
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