Mahmoud Al-Batal (Ph. D., University of Michigan) is Assistant Professor of Arabic at Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
Towards Cultural Proficiency in Arabic1
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1988 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 21, Issue 5, pages 443–453, October 1988
How to Cite
Al-Batal, M. (1988), Towards Cultural Proficiency in Arabic. Foreign Language Annals, 21: 443–453. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1988.tb01093.x
An earlier version of this paper was presented in November 1987 at the Tkenty-First Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association in Baltimore. I would like to thank the two anonymous Foreign Language Annals readers for their valuable comments.
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT The teaching of culture in the Arabic language curriculum has been sporadic, peripheral and overshadowed by a strong emphasis on developing grammatical competence in students. The literature of foreign language education, however, reveals a continuously growing interest in making culture an active component of the foreign language curriculum and provides ample techniques to help achieve this goal. The present paper addresses itself to the question of teaching culture in Arabic. Its purpose is to 1) examine the current status of teaching culture in the Arabic language curriculum, 2) discuss a number of objectives for the teaching of culture in Arabic, 3) examine means by which these cultural objectives can be fulfilled, and 4) discuss some of the particular difficulties involved in teaching culture in A rabic. This paper also includes a number of examples of the techniques that can be used to introduce culture teaching into the Arabic language classroom.