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Published on 03.11.2017 http://manas.bg/en/issue_4/some-aspects-teaching-arabic-foreign-language-foreign-language-case-using-arabic-turkish-and-english-ie-semitic-turkic-and-indo-european-language-together
Shakir, Aziz Nazmi. Some Aspects Of Teaching Arabic As A Foreign Language Via A Foreign Language (The Case Of Using Arabic, Turkish And English I.E. A Semitic, A Turkic And An Indo-European Language Together). – In: Manas: The Arab World and Islam in Cultural-Historical Perspective, Vol. 3, 2, 2017.
The current study is based upon my practice as an Arabic language instructor at a couple of Turkish universities, where the curricula require the use of English as a major teaching language. This fact leads to a bizarre linguistic situation: a foreign language is being taught via another foreign language. However, the lower level of English competence of some students results in lower levels of comprehension of the materials used in class. To face this challenge adequately, the teaching format is reorganized in a way that Turkish is included as a working language. Alongside English, which is used for reading basic texts, for teaching grammar items, as well as for all written forms such as tests and assignments, Turkish is used in some of the oral forms applied in Arabic language classes, such as asking and answering questions, and for explaining more complex linguistic details. The parallel use of all three languages provides both the trainer and the trainees with opportunities to gain additional linguistic and communicative abilities, whose impact upon the working process in class is positive.
Keywords: teaching Arabic, working languages, Turkish, English