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Proficiency in Arabic Language Learning: Some Reflections on Basic Goals

Peter Heath
Al-'Arabiyya
Vol. 23, No. 1/2 (1990), pp. 31-48
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43194107
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Abstract

The "proficiency" approach to language teaching has generated much discussion and not a little controversy among teachers of Arabic as a foreign language during the last decade. Rather than being evaluated on the basis of the rival claims of proponents or opponents, the movement must be viewed as part of a natural process towards functionality in language acquisition which has played a continuous role in the modern history of language instruction in this country. From this perspective, two questions must be raised. First, is the proficiency approach to teaching Arabic as now advocated, which generally has ignored teaching colloquial dialects as well as MSA, really functional enough to suit the true needs of our students? Second, is the debate concerning "proficiency" becoming so polarized as to make impossible real discussion of the issues?

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