What Brain Imaging Research and Science of Reading Can Do for Arabic Language Teaching & Learning

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Hanada Taha-Thomure, Zayed University

Document Type

Book Chapter

Source of Publication

New Science Of Learning: Exploration In Mind, Brain, And Education

Publication Date

1-17-2023

Abstract

Due to political, economic and socio-cultural circumstances, research on Arabic language teaching and learning has been lagging behind. This has led to a series of ineffective and stubborn recycling of old ideas in Arabic pedagogy that resulted in below average student performance on international Arabic literacy tests. However, recent results of research studies utilizing the use of Functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) and Electroencephalography (EEG) to understand how languages are learned and how the brain can process different languages are promising a new dawn for language teaching and learning. This chapter will explore the very young body of Science of Reading research available on Arabic language teaching and learning and will explore further the new concept of the science of reading and its implications for Arabic language. Moreover, the chapter will argue that the new advancements in the field of brain research, science of reading and education will help show the field the best ways to teach Arabic language and give the powers that be the needed evidence that would pave the way to changing how Arabic reading and literacy in general are approached in educational circles.

ISBN

978-90-04-54074-3; 978-90-04-54076-7; 978-90-04-54075-0

Publisher

BRILL

Volume

14

First Page

20

Last Page

39

Disciplines

Education

Keywords

Comprehension, Awareness, Context, Vowels, 1st

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no

Open Access

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