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The effect of focus on form in the written work of adult learners of Arabic

Kasem, Abdel-Hakeem 2005, The effect of focus on form in the written work of adult learners of Arabic, Languages and linguistics, no. 15 & 16, pp. 69-82.

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Title The effect of focus on form in the written work of adult learners of Arabic
Author(s) Kasem, Abdel-Hakeem
Journal name Languages and linguistics
Issue number 15 & 16
Start page 69
End page 82
Publisher Université Sidi Mohamed ben Abdellah
Place of publication Fās, al-Maghrib
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1114-0399
Summary One of the key debates within SLA research circles concerns grammar
- whether and hov to include it in second language (L2) instruction. 'Noninterventionist' approaches to language leaching, which centre on focus on meaning (FonM) , have been found to be neither economical nor expedient in terms of use of learners' classtime (Long & Robinson, 1998). This paper is a study of the effects oj direct grammatical instruction within a communicative context (Focus on Form - FonF) on the accuracy rate of the use of noun-adjective agreement in the written work of adult learners of Arabic. Learning the systems oj noun/adjective agreement in Arabic presents problems for beginners since. unlike languages such as English. Arabic needs to be modified for gender, number. definiteness and case. Through teaching material and methods, first-year university English speaking students of Arabic were directly exposed to morpho-syntactic inflections relevant to noun-adjective agreement. In post-tests over an extended period. instructed students showed a higher accuracy rate of some forms than their uninstructed colleagues. suggesting focusing on form is beneficial to the Arabic learner and does not need to interrupt the communicative flow in the classroom (Ellis et al. 2001).
Notes Journal title (English) Languages and linguistics ; Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 200499 Linguistics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Université Sidi Mohamed ben Abdellah
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003340

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