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Academic Paper

Title: Writing Proficiency Skills in Modern Standard Arabic in the European Diaspora
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Author: Redouan Saidi
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Institution: Universiteit van Tilburg
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Arabic, Standard
Subject LANGUAGE Family: Semitic
Abstract: This study deals with the issue of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) in the European diaspora, with a special focus on the writing proficiency skills of the Moroccan children in elementary schools in the Netherlands. Use is made of error analysis methods to look at writing data produced by Moroccan children living in the Netherlands and by a smaller reference group in Morocco. The quality of the writings is measured against a ranked order of error types, yielding data that can be used as a springboard for understanding the "range" of Moroccans children’s proficiency in MSA. The Moroccan reference group is found to have fewer difficulties with these error types than the Netherlands group. The selection of MSA error types and their ranking (by teachers) provides an opportunity for identifying and discussing the difficulties faced by learners of Arabic in what can be referred to as diaspora monitoring conditions, where the language input is considered to be weaker than is generally experienced in a genuine mother tongue environment. In the final analysis, the error analysis of writings by second-generation speakers of Arabic or Berber dialects growing-up and getting educated in a non-Arabic and non-Berber speaking country, i.e., the Netherlands, has far reaching implications for the teaching of Arabic, on account of the insights it allows the reader into the unexplored area of proficiency in Arabic as a diaspora language.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Proficiency in Arabic as a diaspora language
Publication Info: Al-cArabiyya: The Journal of the AATA
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