Part 2: 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
Collection: 2015 QFI Arabic Summer Institute
Condition of Use: Fair Use for Education

This is session 10 of 10 of the 2015 Arabic Summer Institute by Qatar Foundation International. Part 2 of the discussion continues to focus 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.

-Surveys of students
—Opinions of learning dialect and MSA simultaneously

-Teaching Arabic is not a “zero sum game”
—Both MSA and Dialect Arabic can coexist

-What is lost in refusing to teach dialect?
—Experience that mirrors that of a native speaker
—Communication skills

Q & A Session:
-How will teaching students this way in High School prepare them for higher education?
—Do not teach only in Dialect, simply allow it to be a part of the classroom experience. The process of change in teaching styles will be a generational one.

-Levels of learning
—Starting w/ dialect and then introducing MSA

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