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The status of Arabic language teaching today

Hanada Taha‐Thomure (San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA)

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

ISSN: 1753-7983

Article publication date: 8 August 2008



The purpose of this paper is to map out the status of Arabic language teaching as practiced in the Arab World today and to bring into focus the main issues that any improvement to that discipline would need to address.


A review of the current teaching practices and needs in the teaching of the Arabic language.


Arabic language teaching practices remain teacher centered and bound to teaching the textbook and overlooking the importance of aligning the curriculum to instruction and assessment.

Practical implications

The need is critical for writing national standards for the Arabic language in addition to establishing teacher colleges that offer quality pedagogical training all backed by sound research and generous funding.


The paper highlights the importance of teaching and seeing the Arabic language in a totally new light that preserves national identity yet embraces best teaching practices.



Taha‐Thomure, H. (2008), "The status of Arabic language teaching today", Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 1 No. 3, pp. 186-192.



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