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Academic Paper

Title: Arabic Language Proficiency and the Ethnic Factor
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Author: Redouan Saidi
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Institution: Universiteit van Tilburg
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Arabic, Standard
Subject LANGUAGE Family: Semitic
Abstract: The language proficiency of Moroccan children in elementary schools in the Netherlands has been the centre of interest of many studies. While the general results point out the low proficiency of Moroccan children in Modern Standard Arabic (Henceforth, MSA), the ethnic origin of the children (i.e., Arabophones vs. Berberophones) has largely been underresearched in the Dutch context, despite its possible significance in determining children's proficiency in the language at stake. Given this state of affairs, it is not only difficult to get a complete picture of the effects of teaching MSA on the proficiency of Moroccan children in this language in the Netherlands, but a fair few questions remain unanswered. Do Arabophone perform better than Berberophone peers in terms of their proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic or vice versa? Would children from an Arabic background take advantage of the lexical affinities involving MSA and Moroccan Arabic? Does the fact that they are either Arabophone or Berberophone affect their expectations with respect to the proficiency levels to be achieved in terms of MSA reading, writing, and listening skills? Could it be the case that Berberophone children perceive their learning of MSA as somewhat difficult, which could affect their proficiency in MSA?
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
Venue: sociolinguistics and language acquisition
Publication Info: Arabic proficiency and the effect of ethnicity
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