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Wed Dec 4 2002

Books: Sociolinguistics: Amara & Mar'i

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  1. renee.deboo, Language Education Policy: Amara & Mar'i

Message 1: Language Education Policy: Amara & Mar'i

Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2002 05:33:26 +0000
From: renee.deboo <>
Subject: Language Education Policy: Amara & Mar'i

Title: Language Education Policy
Subtitle: The Arab Minority in Israel
Series Title: Language Policy
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers,		 
Book URL:
Author: Dr. Muhammad Hasan Amara, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan and
	Beit Berl College, Kefar Sava, Israel
Author: Dr. Abd Al-Rahman Mar'i, Beit Berl College, Kefar Sava, Israel
Hardback: ISBN: 1402005857, Pages: 221, Price: EUR 88.00 / USD 81.00 /
	 GBP 55.00

The Israeli reality points to a number of deep divisions among the
population (such as between Sephardi-Ashkenazi, Orthodox-secular,
men-women, Arab-Jew), most of which, in our opinion, are progressively
decreasing as time passes. The Arab-Jewish divide is the deepest of
all, and there is still no solution. In spite of its intensity, it did
not enjoy a centrality whether in public debates or in academia. This
subject has only come on the agenda after sharp tensions between Arabs
and Jews.

In this book we will explore in more detail some aspects of the
Arab-Jewish divide, which raise fundamental questions regarding the
place of the Arabs and Arab language education in the Jewish
State. More specifically, the aim of this book is to describe and
analyze language education in the Arab society in Israel from the
establishment of the state in 1948 until today. For this purpose,
internal processes, which are embedded within the Arab population
itself were examined, such as the socio-economic condition of the
population, the diglossic situation in the Arabic language, and the
wide use of Hebrew among Arabic speakers. Furthermore, the book also
deals with external processes such as the policy of control and
inspection of the Ministry of Education over the Arab education system
in general and on language education in particular, the dominance of
Hebrew, and the definition and perception of Israel as a Jewish
State. The influence of both internal and external processes on
language education and learning achievements will also be extensively
discussed. A comprehensive examination was made of Arabic, Hebrew and
English, as well as the teaching of French in a number of community

The target group for this book are people who are concerned with
sociolinguistics, language education, and language policy and
planning. This book will be also of special interest to Arab language
teachers and policy-makers in Israel.


Preface by the Series Editors (Bernard Spolsky & Elana Shohamy). 
List of Tables. 
List of Figures. 
1. Introduction. 
2. The Arabs in Israel: Internal and Regional Developments. 
3. The Linguistic Repertoire: Sociolinguistic and Political Aspects. 
4.Policy and Teaching Arabic as a Mother Tongue. 
5. Policy and Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language. 
6. Policy and Teaching English as a First Foreign Language. 
7. Policy and Teaching French as a Second Foreign Language. 
8. Language Attitudes and Ideologies. 
Appendix I. 
Appendix II. 
Subject Index.

Lingfield(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (Language code: ABV)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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