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Rezoug, Fares; Vincent, Benet – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2018
Although lexical bundles (LBs) have attracted considerable attention in applied linguistics, their variation by discipline is an under-researched area, particularly with regard to Master's dissertations. This paper explores the frequency, structure, and function of four-word bundles used in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Master's…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Engineering Education, Phrase Structure, Masters Theses
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Sorour, Nourhan – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2018
Proficiency in second language (L2) has traditionally been linked to grammatical competence. However, as opposed to common misconceptions about language learning, to be proficient in a second language does not only entail the ability to produce grammatically correct sentences, but it also entails the ability to use this language appropriately. The…
Descriptors: Grammar, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Abdesslem, Habib; Costello, Hassan – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2018
This paper draws an analogy between the histories of traditional grammars and Swales' rhetorical model for Research Papers Introductions. It argues that though core grammar rules for the sentence and core rhetorical patterns for the Introduction have originated from description and have risen to the status of prescription, the study of language…
Descriptors: Linguistics, Research Reports, Grammar, Rhetoric
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Qasem, Fawaz; Sircar, Shruti – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2017
The paper shows that children acquiring Yemeni Ibbi Arabic4 (henceforth referred to as YIA) go through a stage equivalent to the Root Infinitive (RI) stage found in non-null subject languages in spite of the fact that YIA is a null subject and does not have an infinitive construction. Spontaneous speech of two YIA children (2;1-2;11) showed…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Language Acquisition, Language Classification, Sentence Structure
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Al-Sulaihim, N.; Marinis, T. – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2017
A large body of research to date has focused on the link between phonological awareness (PA), emergent literacy, and reading success. The bulk of research on the relationship between PA and literacy has been conducted on children who speak English and European languages. It is unclear, however, how this relationship presents itself in Arabic…
Descriptors: Phonological Awareness, Semitic Languages, Foreign Countries, Grade 1
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Gherwash, Ghada – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2017
Using life-history interviews as a method of data collection and NVivo as a data analysis tool, this article presents a case study that focuses on how literacy, mainly reading, is practiced by four Arabic speakers from different parts of the Arab world. The narratives elicited from the interviews paint a picture of the Arab reader as…
Descriptors: Arabs, Bilingualism, Semitic Languages, Literacy
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Malcolm, Diane – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2017
Reading for academic purposes in both first language (L1) and second language (L2) contexts has long been the subject of research using measures such as reading strategy inventories, reading recall protocols, and a variety of experimental designs aimed to examine the relative contribution to their reading ability of the readers' L1 or L2, type and…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Beliefs, Native Language, Student Attitudes
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Milad, Marine – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2017
The present study aimed at improving Arab Open University (AOU) students' academic writing through integrating some identified reading and writing research skills. This was achieved by applying a blended course which employed Web-Quests (WQs) that integrated the two skills to improve students' academic writing. The study adopted one group design…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Open Universities, Academic Language, Writing Instruction
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Fahim, Donia – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2017
This paper presents an investigation of verb morphology in the spontaneous productions of three preschool Egyptian Arabic- (EA) speaking children with language impairment (LI) and a group of typically developing children. The typological characteristics of Arabic, such as its rich morphology, lack of infinitival form and complex verb system, make…
Descriptors: Verbs, Morphology (Languages), Language Impairments, Error Patterns
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Shaalan, Saleh – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2017
This study describes the reliability and validity of four language tests: The Sentence Comprehension Test (SCT), the Expressive Language Test (ELT), the Sentence Repetition Test (SRT), and the Arabic Picture Vocabulary Test (APVT). These tests were administered to two groups of Qatari Arabic-speaking children: A typically developing group (n=81 to…
Descriptors: Test Validity, Test Reliability, Language Tests, Expressive Language
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Hidri, Sahbi – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2016
The overriding objective of this study was to investigate secondary and university teachers' assessment conceptions in an EFL context using a four-factor ("Student Accountability", "School Accountability", "Improvement" and "Irrelevance") teachers' conceptions of assessment (TCoA) inventory (Brown, 2006).…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, English (Second Language)
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Sayahi, Lotfi – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2016
The present paper analyzes the challenges of literacy development in cases of classical diglossia and bilingualism. The main argument is that the diverse levels of proficiency in the varieties present in a given linguistic market have implications for and are shaped by processes of literacy development, feelings of linguistic insecurity, and the…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Literacy, Semitic Languages, Standard Spoken Usage
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Tibi, Sana; Stall, Patricia; Joshi, R. Malatesha; Park, Yujeong – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2016
The study explored English language learning of native Arabic-speaking pre-service teachers and examined their self-efficacy on academic English proficiency. Writing samples from ten Arabic speaking female teacher education students in a university in the United Arab Emirates were analyzed using a rubric along with in-depth interviews. Overall,…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Preservice Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Al-Bakri, Sawsan – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2016
There is empirical evidence that teachers' beliefs affect their instructional decisions. Research investigating teachers' beliefs is vast as is research on the effectiveness of written corrective feedback (WCF). However, how teachers' beliefs influence their WCF practices has received little attention. The purpose of this study is to explore…
Descriptors: Error Correction, Feedback (Response), Case Studies, Foreign Countries
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Farran, Lama K.; Bingham, Gary; Matthews, Mona – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2016
Word reading fluency and word reading accuracy play a critical role in reading development (Perfetti, 1985; Stanovich, 1986) and are related to multiple language components such as phonological, morphological, and vocabulary skills in monolingual children. Our knowledge about this relation remains limited in bilingual children, however. This study…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Bilingualism, Accuracy, Phonology