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Tools for enhancing oral proficiency and cultural understanding in teaching Arabic online to non-native speakers

Kasem, Abdel-Hakeem 2016, Tools for enhancing oral proficiency and cultural understanding in teaching Arabic online to non-native speakers, in Reflections and Milestones : Proceedings of the 2nd Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers International Conference, ISAR Yayinlari, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 429-456.

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Title Tools for enhancing oral proficiency and cultural understanding in teaching Arabic online to non-native speakers
Translated title أدوات تعزيز مهارات التفاعل الشفوي والثقافي لتعليم العربية عن بعد للناطقين بغيرها
Author(s) Kasem, Abdel-HakeemORCID iD for Kasem, Abdel-Hakeem orcid.org/0000-0001-8742-5818
Conference name Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers: Reflections and Milestones. International Conference (2nd : 2016 : Istanbul, Turkey)
Conference location Istanbul, Turkey
Conference dates 8-10 Oct. 2016
Title of proceedings Reflections and Milestones : Proceedings of the 2nd Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers International Conference
Editor(s) Sonawbar, A.
Yusri, I.
Al-Mansour, I.
Faris, M.
Publication date 2016
Conference series Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers : Reflections and Milestones International Conference
Start page 429
End page 456
Total pages 28
Publisher ISAR Yayinlari
Place of publication Istanbul, Turkey
Keyword(s) Arabic to non-native speakers
Arabic language acquisition
blended learning
Arabic online
Summary One of the main challenges learners of Arabic as a foreign language face in Australia is the lack of opportunities to practice the language with native speakers of Arabic outside the classroom boundaries to enhance their language skills in general and their oral proficiency in particular. Learners have so little exposure to Arabic outside the classroom. 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) more difficult and challenging for many learners, particularly for Cloud learners. Deakin University is the only university in Australia that offers Arabic in both Campus and Cloud modes of delivery. This paper discusses an innovative approach used at Deakin University to enable online learners of Arabic to practice their developing skills by listening, practicing, and experiencing directly how the language is used outside the classroom boundaries. In addition to providing Cloud learners with an Arabic online environment rich with interactive opportunities to practice the language, it was also necessary to provide the learners with tools such as the virtual classrooms, chat rooms, discussion forums and social media language partner programs, to practice their oral fluency and enrich their learning experience.
ISBN 9786059276054
Language ara
Field of Research 200318 Middle Eastern Languages
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
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Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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