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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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Like other academic domains, every year writers introduce fresh textbooks comprising innovative methods and theories on EFL/ESL teaching all over the world. The latest developed textbooks in any area really help teachers impart knowledge to their students using newly-devised pedagogical trends.

The textbook in hand in its second edition has been specifically developed taking into account the academic needs of undergraduate Arab EFL/ESL students who are prepared as instructors to teach English to native-Arabic speakers at school level. This text is also suitable for graduate Arab EFL/ESL students who have little or no prior knowledge of applied linguistics. It is hoped that the coverage of the theoretical views in L1 and L2 acquisition/learning will be very useful for learners themselves and for future teachers. Also, the knowledge and learning insights gained from the experience of their teachers may facilitate their practice of new dimensions in classroom methodology.

This textbook in its second edition is an outcome of more than twenty years of professional collaboration. Throughout this period, we have been teaching language courses and Introduction to Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, and Linguistics courses to Arab EFL students at Taibah University in Madinah, KSA. Our practical experience and discussions with linguistics/applied linguistics experts have helped us develop our ideas about the correlation between language acquisition research and classroom practice, especially with Arab EFL students.

Chapter 1 begins with a controversial issue, i.e. what is applied linguistics? To answer this question, theoretical views and premises...

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