ERIC Number: ED383224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Oral Language Skills of the Arabic-as-a-Second-Language Student by Introducing Dialectal Vocabulary, Minimizing Introduction of Other Language Skills, Reducing Corrections during the Uttering Process, Avoiding Excessive Grammar, and Consideration of the Student's Culture.
Tahrawi, Khalil A.
The practicum reported was designed to improve listening and speaking skills of 30 (grades 7-11) learners of Arabic as a second language. The teacher/researcher used these classroom instructional strategies: introducing carefully selected dialectal vocabulary and language forms; concentrating only on oral skills; avoiding heavy introduction of other language skills; reducing teacher correction during utterances; easing of pronunciation requirements, especially for vowels at word end; and de-emphasizing grammar. Analysis of student performance revealed improved oral skills when the skills are introduced intensively at the beginning of the language learning process and without interference of other language skills. It was also found that students preferred to spend more time listening and speaking than reading and writing. It is suggested that speaking the language changes student attitudes toward the Arabic instruction and may lead to improvements in reading and writing skills. It was also found that using Modern Standard Arabic can minimize confusion and frustration of students of different cultural backgrounds. Contains 16 references. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Arabic, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Context, Dialects, Educational Strategies, Error Correction, Grammar, Listening Skills, Oral Language, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Speech Skills, Standard Spoken Usage, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, NOVA Southeastern University.