1st Edition

The Arabic Classroom Context, Text and Learners

Edited By Mbaye Lo Copyright 2019
    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Arabic Classroom is a multicontributor work for trainee and in-service teachers of Arabic as a foreign language. Collected here is recent scholarly work, and also critical writing from Arabic instructors, Arabists and language experts, to examine the status of the teaching and learning of Arabic in the modern classroom. The book stresses the inseparability of the parameters of contexts, texts and learners in the effective Arabic classroom and investigates their role in enhancing the experience of teaching and learning Arabic.

    The book also provides a regional perspective through global case studies and encourages Arabic experts to search for better models of instruction and best practices beyond the American experience.

    List of Contributors


    Part I: American Contexts of Teaching and Learning Arabic.

    Chapter 1:

    Taking the Arabic Classroom Beyond the American Experience:

    Navigating Context, Text and Students,

    Mbaye Bashir Lo

    Chapter 2:

    A Survey of Arabic Syllabi at US Institutions:

    Pedagogical Implications,

    Hanada Al-Masri


    Chapter 3:

    Arabic and the Problem of Learning:

    Experiences in Teaching Arabic at Two Historically Black Colleges and Universities,

    Aman Nadhiri and Maurice Hines

    Chapter 4:

    On Arabic: Reflections from Edinburgh University to Duke University,

    Miriam Cooke

    Part II: Texts and Textbooks in Teaching and Learning Arabic

    Chapter 5:

    Evaluating Alif Baa Textbook: A Pedagogical Perspective,

    Badr Abdelfattah Badr

    Chapter 6:

    Technology and Culture in the Arabic Classroom,

    Manar Darwish

    Chapter 7:

    Principles of Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language: A European Economical Point of View,

    Van Mol Mark

    Part III: Methods and Methodology in Teaching and Learning Arabic.

    Chapter 8:

    Personalizing Proficiency: a Student-Centered Proficiency-Oriented Curriculum,

    David DiMeo

    Chapter 9:

    The Arabyola Portal - Integrating Trusted Arabic e-Resources into Curriculum,

    Inas Hassan

    Chapter 10:

    Teaching Grammar Orally through Colloquial Arabic –report of an Experiment,

    Rachael Harris

    Chapter 11:

    Teaching Literature to Advanced Learners of Arabic: Methods and Tools,

    Rachel Friedman

    Part IV: Students and Learners of Arabic.

    Chapter 12:

    Unleashing the Power of the Learner,

    Mahdi Alosh

    Chapter 13:

    Toward a New Approach to Teaching Arabic Grammar: A Model for Arabic Learners,

    Mounira Gannouni, Qatar University

    Chapter 14: 177

    Connectives in the Writing of Native and Non-native Speakers of Arabic: Similarities, Differences and a Teaching Model,

    Nesrine Basheer

    Chapter 15:

    The Arabic Plunge at Middlebury’s School in Jordan:

    Helping Students Swim after Diving into Jordanian Language and Culture,

    Kerstin Wilsch, Elsa Belmont Flores and Emily Goldman,

    Part V: The Global Contexts of Teaching and Learning Arabic.

    Chapter 16:

    Arabic Education In Chinese Universities: A Historical Perspective,

    LIN Fengmin and LIN Zhe

    Chapter 17:

    The History of Arabic as a Second Language in Azerbaijan:

    The Textbooks of Professor Ali Asgar Mammadov, A Case of Study,

    By Aida Gasimova, Baku State University, Baku, Azerbaijan.

    Chapter 18:

    Arabic Education in the Southwest Nigeria: The Role of Private Arabic Schools (PASs),

    A.G.A.S. Oladosu

    Chapter 19:

    How Arabic Fares in UK Schools,

    Vicky Gough and Tony Calderbank,



    Mbaye Lo is Associate Professor of the Practice of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and International Comparative Studies at Duke University, USA. Dr Lo, a recipient of the Duke Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, is the Arabic Program Coordinator and Director of Duke in the Arab World Academic Program.

    "The Arabic Classroom should be essential reading for Arabic teachers, as it helps to raise the profession of Arabic teaching to a higher level. The Arabic Classroom’s well researched chapters can help Arabic teachers reflect on how they teach currently and think about how Arabic teaching pedagogy can move forward in the future." - Jonathan Featherstone, Senior Teaching Fellow of Arabic, University of Edinburgh, UK

    "The Arabic Classroom is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature in the field of Arabic instruction. The wealth of innovative pedagogical techniques, program descriptions, case studies, and reflections by seasoned language professionals can only enrich the Arabic classroom experience and make it more rewarding and enjoyable for both teacher and learner. With its emphasis on the centrality of the role of Fuṣḥā, the book offers a reassurance to those concerned about its marginalization in Arabic-as-a-foreign-language programs." - Munther Younes, Reis Senior Lecturer in Arabic Language and Linguistics and Director of the Arabic Program, Cornell University, USA