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Teaching and Learning English in the Arabic-Speaking World

ISBN 9780415735643
Published February 24, 2014 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

Co-published with The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF)

An important contribution to the emerging body of research-based knowledge about teaching English to native speakers of Arabic, this volume presents empirical studies carried out in Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—a region which has gained notable attention in the past few decades. Each chapter addresses an issue of current concern, and each includes implications for policy, practice, and future research. Nine chapter authors are Sheikh Nahayan Fellows—recipients of doctoral fellowships from The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF). This volume is the first in the Global Research on Teaching and Learning English Series, co-published by Routledge and TIRF.

Table of Contents


     Yehia El-Ezabi

     Kathleen M. Bailey & Ryan M. Damerow


Chapter One: Research on the Teaching and Learning of English in the Arabic-speaking World: Questions in Search of Answers
     Ryan M. Damerow & Kathleen M. Bailey

Chapter Two: Modality in Arab EFL Students’ Academic Writing: Implications for Policy, Practice, and Research
     Abdul Gabbar Al-Sharafi

Chapter Three: Arab Students’ Use of Monitoring in their EFL Composing: The Role of Linguistic Knowledge
     Muhammad M. M. Abdel Latif

Chapter Four: Arabic Native Speakers’ Overpassivization in English
     Hassan El-Nabih

Chapter Five: The Use of English for Education in the Arab World: An Ethnographic Investigation of Female Emirati Pre-service Teachers’ Conceptions of English as a Medium of Instruction
     Melanie van den Hoven

Chapter Six: Exploring the Impact of Teacher Education Pedagogy on EFL Reading Teacher Identities: A United Arab Emirates Case
     Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland

Chapter Seven: English Language Teaching in Lebanese Schools: Trends and Challenges
     Fatima Esseili

Chapter Eight: Palestinian Teachers’ Use of Questioning in Two Different Instructional Settings of EFL Reading
     Enas Hammad

Chapter Nine: TV Shows, Word Coverage and Incidental Vocabulary Learning: Implications for Arabic Speakers Learning English
     Mansoor Al-Surmi

Chapter Ten: Explorations in the Predictive Validity of a Regionally Developed English Proficiency Exam: The CEPA
     Laila W. Rumsey

Chapter Eleven: Age of L2 Learning Makes no Difference in Instructed Settings: Input Matters Most 
     Kholoud A. Al-Thubaiti

Chapter Twelve: Summary and Concluding Observations
     G. Richard Tucker

About the Contributors

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Kathleen M. Bailey is a Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Master of Arts in the TESOL-TFL Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and President of The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF).

Ryan M. Damerow is the Executive Assistant of The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF).


"Indeed, this volume deals with a wide range of issues which are interesting to researchers in the Arabic region […] The volume reminds us as readers that there is more room for research into the teaching and learning of English in such fertile contexts as the Arabic-speaking world. Hence, Teaching and Learning English in the Arabic-Speaking World is a timely book which has shed some light on more recent and updated issues and, furthermore, should inspire researchers in the ELT field to focus on the Middle East and the Gulf countries." – Tariq Elyas, Professor of Applied Linguistics at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

“A fascinating insight into the diversity of issues that language educators in the Middle East grapple with.”- Dudley Reynolds, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

“…an essential resource for those individuals who are interested in the latest research from the Arab world.”- Christine Coombe, Dubai Men’s College, UAE; TESOL President (2011-2012)