New Perspective on Teaching Chinese and Arabic as a Foreign Language

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  • Title: New Perspective on Teaching Chinese and Arabic as a Foreign Language: The Natural Approach, a Key to Achieving Affective and Effective Learning
  • Author(s): Catalina Cheng-Lin
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: New Directions in the Humanities
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies
  • Keywords: Affective Factors, Teaching-Learning of Foreign Languages, Affective Filter, Natural Approach, Meaningful Learning and Communicative Competence
  • Volume: 16
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2327-7882 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-8617 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-7882/CGP/v16i02/17-26
  • Citation: Cheng-Lin, Catalina . 2018. "New Perspective on Teaching Chinese and Arabic as a Foreign Language: The Natural Approach, a Key to Achieving Affective and Effective Learning." The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies 16 (2): 17-26. doi:10.18848/2327-7882/CGP/v16i02/17-26.
  • Extent: 10 pages

Abstract

There is a growing concern about the teaching “quality” of Chinese and Arabic as a foreign language; nonetheless, both the investigative and instructive efforts have focused exclusively on linguistic and cognitive aspects as they relegate the affective factors to a secondary position in the learning process. Consequently, the main purpose of the present work of research is, in the first place, to clarify the widespread belief that handicaps the learning of the two modern languages discussed in this article. Next, we also tackle the issue of the affective factors and the influence they exert over the learning process. Thirdly, there will be a brief comment on what the teaching of foreign languages consists of and its aims. Finally, with all the above mentioned, we will introduce the Natural Approach as a new proposal for teaching Chinese and Arabic for its “inclusive” and “eclectic” nature.