Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Phonics for Arabic speakers

I have been approached a few times in the last year or so with questions about the use of phonics by native Arabic-speaking students in the United States and in the Middle East learning English. I have received some very interesting anecdotal feedback on the topic that fascinates me, including the feedback that phonics has played a critical role in helping Arabic speakers improve their pronunciation, reading, and listening skills. I am interested in learning whether there is research that has been conducted on this topic that anyone could share with me. I'd love to hear it so I can pass it along.

(See also my post on Reading Horizons in the Middle East here.)

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