GRAMMAR HINTS FOR LEARNING ARABIC
(Copyright Cigdem Balim & Zaineb Istrabadi, 2008)
All languages have rules which tell us how words are formed and how they are put together into sentences. These rules are the 'grammar' of the language. Different languages have different rules. Native speakers acquire the grammar of their language starting from childhood naturally. Any native speaker can tell you whether a sentence is possible or impossible in that language although he/she may not be able to tell you the rules or reasons why something is ungrammatical in a learned fashion. If you are learning a foreign language you have to learn the rules in a much more conscious way. You may not be given the grammatical rules in the class because class contact time is reserved for the production of the target language, but you should work at home, on your own, with a grammar book regularly. In fact your grammar book should be your ‘best friend’ if you are learning a foreign language. Grammar books contain unfamiliar technical terms. Don't be put off by them. They're simply tools for talking about particular features of grammar. Once you know what they mean, you'll find them handy and easy to use. This short reference grammar of Arabic will be useful for you to remember and look up some of the terms used in the language teaching text books. So let us start.
HELP WITH YOUR LANGUAGE LEARNING
(Copyright Cigdem Balim, 2008)
Language Learning is an active process. If you want to be successful in learning a foreign language, you have to be in control of your own learning and manage it. In order to manage your learning, you will need to think about the following questions:
What kind of a learner are you?
All learners have different styles of learning languages. Your learning style shows your preferred way of learning. Some learners like listening and talking, others prefer to analyze a text, focus on detail, or study with the help of visual support. Most learners have a mixed learning style. The important thing to remember is that any learning style can lead to successful foreign language learning.
Try a questionnaire about your learning style and find out more about yourself.
Why are you learning this language? What do you want to be able to achieve? Why not try a questionnaire to identify your motivation styles?
How much time are you required to spend on your language learning per week? How much time are you prepared to spend on your language learning per week? How much time do you think you need?