Technology, Foreign Language Pedagogy and the Teaching of Critical Languages: The Case of Arabic

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This session examines how recent developments in foreign language pedagogy and the use of computer technology can help implement and/or enhance the teaching of Arabic in standard classroom settings and on line. This paper introduces some new concepts for the acquisition of Arabic vocabulary, grammatical structures and culturally relevant information about the Arabic world and Islamic culture through the use of web based tools and programs. The session demonstrates how the combination of textbooks, web-based resources, audio files and personal listening devices can assist the college student and the independent learner to acquire basic communication skills in the Arabic language and knowledge of Arabic culture. This project integrates advanced technology and innovative language instruction to enable students to learn Arabic, to retain the information, and to remain motivated. These methods are designed to facilitate the acquisition of the Arabic language and to help the students to become linguistically and culturally competent.


Keywords: Critical Languages, Foreign Language Education, Technology, Innovative Approaches, Independent Learners, Linguistic Competence, Cultural Competence
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Technology, Foreign Language Pedagogy and the Teaching of Critical Languages from a Portfolio Perspective


Dr. Habib Zanzana

Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Scranton
Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

I am a professor of foreign languages at the University of Scranton in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I have a Ph.D.in Hispanic Literature and three Masters; one in French, the second in Applied Linguistics and the third in Spanish. I have published articles in Spanish and in French on language and literature. I have also conducted workshops on the teaching of Spanish and French languages and cultures through the use of technology and multimedia.

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