This paper provides a brief summary of the state of Arabic language learning in the US, including its strategic importance and the challenges faced by Arabic language students in the US. However, the primary goal of the paper is to propose a portfolio analytic model (criteria based) across four major dimensions of Arabic Language Learning System Assessment: (1) the scope of curriculum content, (2) language learning technology, (3) the general learning model, and (4) the effectiveness of addressing the challenges faced by US students of Arabic. The model is applied to three Arabic language learning systems for illustrative purposes: the Al-Kitaab model, the Consortium model and the Arabic PodClass. The findings indicate that the Consortium system was evaluated as being the most effective in the dimensions of content, technology and meeting the challenges particular to Arabic.
|Keywords:||Critical Languages, Foreign Language Education, Technology, Innovative Approaches, Independent Learners, Linguistic Competence, Cultural Competence|
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
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