Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program
Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language- A698

Course Description
The course aims to develop and practice skills and techniques for teaching Arabic as a Foreign/Second Language to adults, in the context of a) recent approaches and research into language and language teaching; b) national needs for learning Arabic and national recommendations and standards (such as Proficiency Guidelines); and c) Arabic language applied at NELC.

Course Aims
- To introduce the linguistic and cognitive dimensions of language (including pragmatic semantics, grammar, written and spoken differences).
- To acquaint the students with the principles and the current issues related to learning a first and a foreign/second language.
- To enable students to apply the principles of performance based language teaching/learning to Arabic in the context of NELC Arabic curriculum.
- To enable the students to evaluate, adapt, and be able to integrate instructional media used in learning and teaching Arabic as a foreign language: textbooks, audio and audio-visual materials and computer-assisted language learning materials as well as writing new materials.
- To introduce the students to recent trends and research in language teaching and learning.

NOTE: This course is open to Graduate Students with 2.5 years of Arabic, or by Departmental Consent.