Part 1: Teaching MSA & Colloquial Arabic (Mahmoud Al-Batal)

Contributed By: Connor Seidenschwarz
Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International
Author: Arabic Language and Culture Program - Qatar Foundation International
Condition of Use: Fair Use for Education

This is session 9 of 10 of the 2015 Arabic Summer Institute by Qatar Foundation International. Part 1 of the discussion focuses on the unique relationship between Modern Standard Arabic and dialect and the role of each in the classroom led by Mahmoud Al Batal, Professor of Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin.

-Arabic, a living language

-Teaching traditionally
—Fear of teaching dialect
—Gap in communication ability

-Role of Dialect in teaching
—An added “flavor” or a “key” to open other doors

-Importance of including Dialect in the classroom
—To communicate w/ Arabic speakers

-Dialectic Arabic is valuable
—Can be used to fulfill tasks
—Can be used to discuss advanced topics
—Can be used in writing

-Writing examples from students
—Students can distinguish between Dialect and MSA over time

-Video projects done by students

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