From an MSA-only to a fully integrated Arabic foreign language curriculum

Authored by: Munther Younes , Elizabeth Huntley

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Sociolinguistics

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138853966
eBook ISBN: 9781315722450
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In this chapter, we argue for an “integrated” Arabic curriculum in which each of the two language varieties, ‘Āmmiyya and Fuṣḥā, is used as it is normally used by native speakers and where the role of each variety is of equal relevance and importance. We believe that this is the most effective way to prepare students to deal successfully with the sociolinguistic reality of Arabic. Despite the prevailing practice of privileging Fuṣḥā in Arabic-as-a-foreign-language programs due to ideological and historical factors, we believe that there is an unmistakable trend towards the acceptance of the integrated approach as a legitimate option in these programs.

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