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

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conference contribution
posted on 2024-06-17, 20:45 authored by A Kasem
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.

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Alternative title

أدوات تعزيز مهارات التفاعل الشفوي والثقافي لتعليم العربية عن بعد للناطقين بغيرها

Pagination

429-456

Location

Istanbul, Turkey

Start date

2016-10-08

End date

2016-10-10

ISBN-13

9786059276054

Language

ara

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed, E Conference publication

Copyright notice

[2016, The Conference]

Editor/Contributor(s)

Sonawbar A, Yusri I, Al-Mansour I, Faris M

Title of proceedings

Reflections and Milestones : Proceedings of the 2nd Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers International Conference

Event

Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers: Reflections and Milestones. International Conference (2nd : 2016 : Istanbul, Turkey)

Publisher

ISAR Yayinlari

Place of publication

Istanbul, Turkey

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