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Integrating dialects into the modern standard Arabic high school classroom
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TitleIntegrating dialects into the modern standard Arabic high school classroom
AuthorHirsch, Bridget J.
Published2009
SubjectsArabic language
Language learning and language teaching
Foreign language instruction
Arabic language -- Dialects -- Study and teaching
Arabic language -- Study and teaching
Education, Secondary
LocationArchives PJ6065.H57 2009
NotesThesis (Master of Education in World Language Instruction)--Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.), 2009.
Rights ManagementCopyright owned by Bridget J. Hirsch
LanguageEnglish
AbstractThis research explores ways in which spoken Arabic, or dialect, can be integrated into high school classrooms alongside the literary form, Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Both forms are vital for authentic communicative capabilities and play an integral role to specific language functions and tasks. Yet students acquire oral skills predominantly in MSA rather than in dialects, which this paper argues is an incomplete curriculum.
Several Arabic instructors have proven that despite the pedagogical challenges and complexities associated with spoken Arabic, a target dialect can successfully be taught in the classroom alongside MSA. This paper will use their efforts as a springboard to explore the current state of Arabic language teaching in today's high school classrooms and conclude by presenting ways in which dialects can be integrated specifically into high school curricula. This paper also calls for further studies that will benefit the language teaching and learning community. It is anticipated that this research will benefit the Arabic teaching and learning community by offering ways to provide students with optimal modes of communication and teachers with support and guidance to move forward in integrating dialect instruction into their curriculum.
External Resourcehttp://plus.mnpals.net/vufind/Record/007105153/Holdings/TRC
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