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ERIC Number: EJ864549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0260-1370
Diglossic Needs of Illiterate Adult Women in Egypt: A Needs Assessment
Khachan, Victor A.
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v28 n5 p649-660 Sep 2009
In light of the "rarity" and "unavailability" of academic publications on literacy/illiteracy in the Arab world, this study attempts to determine the linguistic needs of illiterate adult women in Egypt in the context of informal adult basic education. The purpose of this study is to understand illiterate adult women's daily linguistic needs in relation to diglossic de-contextualization in Arabic, the comprehension gap between colloquial and standard Arabic that contributes negatively to the process of reading and writing acquisition in standard Arabic. The present study, based on participatory action research methodology, was conducted in Egypt where 11 adult female literacy classes, five (139 subjects) in Cairo (urban) and six (151 subjects) in Menia (Upper Egypt/Northern Egypt) were group-interviewed. The results of the group interviews clearly define the functional context of adult female illiteracy (i.e. "age" and "immediate linguistic/literacy needs") and enforce a diglossic dichotomy, entailing "reading" and "writing" categories. If considered by literacy authorities, diglossic integration in adult literacy programmes/curricula will certainly help Egyptian illiterate adult women to integrate easily in their environment, the ultimate goal of all involved in the fight against adult illiteracy in the Arab world. (Contains 1 table and 25 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Egypt; Egypt (Cairo)