Technology, Foreign Language Pedagogy and the Teaching of Critical Languages: The Case of Arabic
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
Dr. Habib Zanzana
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Scranton