1st Edition

Teaching Arabic as a Heritage Language

By Rasha ElHawari Copyright 2021
    126 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    126 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Teaching Arabic as a Heritage Language is a practical guide to Arabic pedagogy for Heritage Learners of Arabic.

    Exploring the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language (TAFL) in North America and Europe, it covers sociocultural topics such as diglossia and religion alongside theoretical approaches to Heritage Language Learning. It also provides a new and detailed definition of the heritage language learner (HLL) of Arabic. The role of the professor and the material are explored to ensure a successful learning experience. The latest advances in HLL are considered together with the recent and recommended changes in classroom practice, giving rise to the recognition of the individual needs of heritage learners.

    This is an indispensable resource for instructors, researchers, and students in the fields of TAFL and TASOL, as well as linguists interested in Arabic language learning and teaching.

    Part One: Arabic as a Heritage Language

    Chapter One: What is a Heritage Language?Chapter 2: Arabic Language (s) in the Arab World

    Chapter 3: Arabic Beyond the Arab World

    Part Two: Heritage Language Learning Pedagogy

    Chapter Four: Heritage Language Learners and Assessment of Arabic Language Proficiency

    Chapter 5: The Heritage Language Learner of Arabic

    Chapter Six: The HLL and the Arabic Language Classroom


    Rasha ElHawari is a Senior Lecturer of Arabic and the Coordinator for the Semitic Languages Program at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She has extensive experience in TAFL and teaching Arabic immersion programs.