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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2006

ARA 380C • Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42298 TTh
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
WAG 208
Al-Batal, M

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the field of Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) and explores some of the principal concepts connected to the teaching and learning of Arabic. We will explore issues such as lesson planning and classroom management, syllabus design, teaching methodology, learning strategies, proficiency-oriented instruction, teaching the various skills, assessment, etc., as they relate to Arabic. Class discussions and activities will be supplemented by observations of actual UT Arabic classes. To be conducted in Arabic, with readings in both Arabic and English.

Grading Policy

Preparation and participation in class discussions 25% Weekly writing assignments on the readings 25% Reports on class visits 20% Research paper 30%


Readings for the course will include selections from the following: Al - Batal, Mahmoud: The Teaching of Arabic as a Foreign Language Alosh, Mahdi: Learner, Text, and Context in Foreign language Acquisition: An Arabic Perspective Brown, H. Douglas Teaching by Principals: an Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy Ellis, Rod Second Language Acquisition Omaggio, Alice Hadley Teaching Language in Context Richards & Rodgers Approaches and methods in Language Teaching Richards & Renadya Methodology in Language teaching Shum & Glisan Teacher's Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction Wahba, Taha, & England Handbook for Arabic Language Teaching Professionals in the 21st Century In addition to articles on reserve


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