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A Course in Applied Linguistics for Arab EFL/ESL Students

Hashim H. Noor and Nassir S. Al-Qadi

A Course in Applied Linguistics for Arab EFL/ESL Students has been developed keeping in view the academic needs of native-Arabic speakers learning English as a second/foreign language. The book in the process of understanding how students acquire second language, sheds some light on how children acquire their first language. It reviews the observations of theorists on Contrastive Analysis, Error Analysis and Interlanguage as main factors that influence learners’ performance. Some examples from real performance of Arab EFL/ESL learners are discussed and analyzed. The book reviews the observations of linguists and psychologists on the role of extrinsic and intrinsic non-linguistic factors that affect SLA. The book also gives good consideration of the views of experts on the efficacy of strategy training.

At the end of each chapter, there are study questions to provide an opportunity for the readers to test their proficiency. Similarly, projects are also added for the students to practice. A list of references is added at the end of each chapter for further reading. The book has a rich Glossary to provide students with definitions of the most important terms.

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We would like to express our deep and sincere gratitude to all those experienced teachers of Linguistics in general and Applied Linguistics in particular who enriched our knowledge with their valuable ideas for developing this book. We must also acknowledge our students who motivated us to generate an Applied Linguistics curriculum that meets the academic needs of native-Arabic speakers learning English as a second/foreign language. Our appreciation is likewise due to all our colleagues at the Department of Languages and Translation, College of Arts and Humanities, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia for their encouragement to produce the first edition of this book. Over the last ten years of teaching the first edition, they have continued their support by offering valuable suggestions, which have been implemented into this second edition. We would also like to recognize all textbook writers of Linguistics/Applied Linguistics whose works we benefited from while composing this book.

Our deepest respect and gratitude go to our beloved parents for their love, care, and encouragement (May Allah bless them). Last but not least, our warm love is due to our wives and children for putting up with a great deal during the writing of the book.

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