Teaching English in the Arab Countries

Teaching English as a Foreign Language in the Arab World in the 21st Century

Dr. Amin AL-Mekhlafi

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to discuss teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in the 21st century in the Arab countries. In order to establish a platform for the discussion of this issue, it would be useful to refer to the fads and fashions of methods during the 20th century. Through a brief historical discussion, I would like to argue that the succession of methods was a logical and, probably, reasonable response to the social, academic, cultural, and, sometimes, political changes that took place during that time. However, the information era has its new challenges ...

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and look for new pedagogical avenues that are practical in nature, take into account the particular features of the teaching/learning context in all its cultural and sociocultural dimensions, and allow teachers to experiment and contribute to the over all make up of the teaching/learning process. This paper, therefore, answers the flowing questions: What is the current local and global changes and challenges of English as a FL/SL? How should the current local and global changes and challenges pertaining to English be reflected in today's EFL methodology? What should EFL teachers do to keep their classroom practices abreast of the local and global changes and challenges?

1. Introduction
The importance of English as an international language in the Arab World and in the whole globe is exponentially increasing. The fast-paced developments in technology, business, science, the Internet, and information industry have great impacts on spreading English as an international language. ...

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Arab countries has gained more space, time, and social status in both educational sector and public life. Consequently, it is questionable to continue labeling English as a FL at least in some Arab countries. The Arab societies have started to look at English not as the language of colonization towards which most people have negative attitudes, but rather as a tool through which they can communicate with other people from different nations and cultures. Moreover, English becomes a tool for projecting Islam and the Islamic values to all kind of people from all walks of life. For instance, many Internet sites in English have been and are being constructed by Muslims and Arabs to project ...

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Added: 10/25/2013 08:16:04 AM
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