What’s the difference between people who succeed at learning Arabic, and those who don’t?
I interviewed 6 renowned Arabic language teaching experts, including authors of books like the well known Al-Kitaab series, and asked them this question. They answered me based on their experience with thousands of Arabic learners over decades of teaching. From their answers, I wrote a short summary of the things they talked about that can help you become fluent in Arabic.
The 15 skills include:
- Systems for learning
- Types of interactions
I really enjoyed researching and compiling this short overview. It is made up of a brief description of each of the 15 skills, and a schematic of how they all fit together. By implementing each of the habits, mindsets, systems, and types of interaction, I think you’ll find yourself making real progress in learning Arabic.
The people interviewed include (in alphabetical order):
- Laila Al-Sawi, Senior Instructor of Arabic as a Foreign Language, the American University in Cairo. Co-author of Al-Murshid: A Guide to Modern Standard Arabic Grammar, and Kalaam Gamiil, An Intensive Course in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic
- Abbas Al-Tonsi, Senior Lecturer, Georgetown University Qatar. Co-author of Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya (الكتاب في تعلم العربية), Arabiyyat Wasaa’il al-iclaam (عربية وسائل الإعلام) (Media Arabic), Kalaam Gamiil, An Intensive Course in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, and other books
- Dr. Kirk Belnap, Director, National Middle East Language Resource Center, Brigham Young University. Former Executive Director of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic and editor of its journal, Al-‘Arabiyya, author of research in second language acquisition, language policy and training, and the history of Arabic.
- Dr. Kristen Brustad, Associate Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Co-author of Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya (الكتاب في تعلم العربية) and dozens of academic publications related to Arabic language and Arab culture, politics, and society, including books, textbooks, and journal articles.
- Dr. Aiyub Palmer, Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islam, University of Kentucky. Curriculum developer for qasidonline.com, one of the most successful online academic institutes teaching Arabic language.
- Dr. David Wilmsen, Professor of Arabic; Chair, Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, The American University of Beirut. Author of Arabic Indefinites, Interrogatives and Negators: A linguistic history of western dialects, as well as much extensive academic research.
Go further with the 15 skills
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