The Teaching of Arabic as a Foreign Language: Issues and Directions

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Mahmoud Al-Batal
American Association of Teachers of Arabic, 1995 - Foreign Language Study - 359 pages
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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

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Contents

Teaching Spontaneity in Elementary Arabic
135
The Role of Close Reading in
157
What to Teach and Why
175
The Teaching of Culture
185
Skill Levels
223
An Integrated Curriculum for Elementary Arabic
233
Facing Facts
291
Incorporating Video in Teaching Arabic
319
The Arabic Speaking Proficiency Test
331
Index
349
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About the author (1995)

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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