The Influence of Arabic in an English Classroom
Keywords:Modern Standard Arabic, official language, culture, multilingual, English, teaching, classroom, communication, language acquisition, instructional value, compromise approach.
The teaching of English as a second or foreign language in Arab countries presents a challenge due to the cultural and linguistic differences between Arabic and English. While English is essential for academic, business, and research purposes, Arabic is deeply ingrained in the culture and life of Arab children. Many teachers in Arab countries use Arabic to aid students in their understanding of English, as well as to explain concepts more easily. However, the use of Arabic in an English-speaking classroom must be regulated to ensure that it does not hinder the development of English language skills. Literal translation should be avoided, and the use of Arabic must be limited to specific situations and governed by appropriate norms.
The use of Arabic in the English classroom can be beneficial when used appropriately, but it can also hinder communication and diminish the instructional value of the classroom. The current research seeks to find a compromise approach to this contentious issue by explaining the importance of both languages within the classroom and justifying the usage of Arabic in certain situations. By recognizing the value of Arabic and English, teachers can create a classroom environment that fosters effective language learning while also preserving the cultural identity of Arab students.