Innovation in language education: enriching Arabic language learner experiences and proficiency in 2D and 3D environments.

Kasem, Abdel-Hakeem 2016, Innovation in language education: enriching Arabic language learner experiences and proficiency in 2D and 3D environments., IOSR Journal of humanities and social science (IOSR-JHSS), vol. 21, no. 9, 6, pp. 40-46, doi: 10.9790/0837-2109064046.

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Title Innovation in language education: enriching Arabic language learner experiences and proficiency in 2D and 3D environments.
Formatted title Innovation in Language Education: Enriching Arabic Language Learner Experiences and Proficiency in 2D and 3D Environments.
Author(s) Kasem, Abdel-HakeemORCID iD for Kasem, Abdel-Hakeem
Journal name IOSR Journal of humanities and social science (IOSR-JHSS)
Volume number 21
Issue number 9
Season 6
Start page 40
End page 46
Total pages 7
Publisher International Organisation of Scientific Research (IOSR)
Place of publication New Dehli, India
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 1934-7227
Keyword(s) Arabid
Arabic online
Blended learning
Virtual worlds
Summary Abstract:-Global language and cultural communicative competency is an ever increasing requirement in our connected world. Learners of Arabic at the only five Australian universities where Arabic is taught have access to predominantly on-campus delivery modes. One of the main challenges learners face when learning another language (L2) in an academic setting in countries where that language is not actively used – so little L2 exposure – is that it is harder to provide meaningful contexts for learning. This restriction in L2 exposure in the formal academic framework is due to the limited face-to-face learning time and, more significantly, is compounded by lack of exposure to the language‟s authentic use settings. Students are often isolated from the target language‟s authentic discourse communities and native speakers. This situation is exacerbated for Cloud (online) students, studying in relative isolation. All of these factors make developing communicative oral fluency in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) moredifficult and challenging for many learners. This paper will discuss two innovative approaches used at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia to enable learners of Arabic at Deakin University to practice their developing skills by listening, practising, and experiencing directly how the language is used outside the classroom boundaries as well as allow learners to develop their oral and cultural communicative competency by engaging them in simulating and evolving authentic language scenarios with native Arabic speakers through the Virtual World (VW).
Language eng
DOI 10.9790/0837-2109064046
Field of Research 200318 Middle Eastern Languages
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
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