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Message 1: Language and Elementary Education in Morocco...

Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 07:13:03 +0000
From: youssef.tamer <youssef.tamerpost.com>
Subject: Language and Elementary Education in Morocco...


Institution: Mohamed V University, Agdal, Rabat, Morocco
Program: Languages and Cultures in Contact
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2003

Author: Youssef Tamer 

Dissertation Title: Language and Elementary Education in Morocco: A
Sociolinguistic Approach.

Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics 

Subject Language: Arabic, Standard (code: ABV)

Subject Language Family: Semitic (code: AFF)

Dissertation Director 1: Prof. Dr. Abderrahim Youssi
Dissertation Director 2: Dr. Jan Jaap De Ruiter

Dissertation Abstract: 

This dissertation is about language and elementary education in
Morocco. In order to study the issues involved, we opted for a
sociolinguistic approach which includes four areas of research. There
is, first, a proficiency investigation which examines the level of
competence of the fifth grade pupils in Modern Standard Arabic and
French. Second, there is an input investigation which studies what and
how much Arabic and French language input is available for this
categoty of pupils both inside and outside the school context in order
to enhance their proficiency in the two mediums. Third, there is a
status investigation which researches the position of Modern Standard
Arabic and French in education and the whole community. Finally, there
is an investigation into the impact of variables related to the
pupils' sociolinguistic backgrounds on their proficiency in the two
languages. Combined together, the four investigations are expected to
provide insights not only into the level of proficiency the fifth
grade pupils attain in Modern Standard Arabic and French towards the
end of elementary education, but to research the circumstances under
which these subjects learn both languages.


The research questions that are investigated in this dissertation are,
therefore, as follows:

-What is the pupils' proficiency level in MSA and F at the fifth grade
of fundamental education?

-What is the language input available for the pupils both inside and
outside the classroom context?

-How do pupils, their parents and teachers view the status of MSA and
F in education and the community?

-What impact do sociolionguistic variables related to the pupils'
backgrounds have on their achievements in Arabic and French literacy?
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