Foreign Language Education in Lebanon

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dc.contributor.author Bacha, Nahla
dc.contributor.author Bahous, Rima
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-28T12:57:10Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-28T12:57:10Z
dc.date.copyright 2011
dc.date.issued 2015-10-28
dc.identifier.issn 1798-4769 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/2371
dc.description.abstract Knowing more than one or two languages has always been a natural consequence of cultural exchange. Thus educational institutions the world over have placed teaching/learning of languages high on their agendas as they find the need for their students to be competitive in the global career arena. The communication among different cultures and the efforts of education have added to the multi lingual/culture of many countries. However, the growth of this multilingualism/multiculturalism is not without its questions concerning complexities involved in what attitudes do the learners hold towards learning languages, which languages should be taught and whether these languages would ‘complex’ the learners in finding their own native language ‘inferior’. This study examines these complexities in Lebanon, a country long known for its multi lingual/cultural makeup, Specifically, the paper gives an overview of the cultural influences in the country over the past century and how this was responsible for the adoption of the foreign languages, mainly French and English, that coexist in the country today along with Arabic, the native language. The paper focus on the consequent educational trends in teaching/learning languages in noting the new National Curriculum changes in the 1990’s after the civil war and how the policies were implemented at both the pre and tertiary sectors. Cultural, attitudinal, motivational and language acquisition factors are discussed in how the French medium and English medium schools accounted for them in their language curricula and how they impact learners’ language development. The researchers debate whether the teaching/learning of foreign languages may eventually lead to the ‘decline’ of the national language, the latter being a ‘complex’ for the many, which is a concern that most countries are facing these days. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Foreign Language Education in Lebanon en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 198790030 en_US
dc.author.idnumber 197902770 en_US
dc.author.woa N/A en_US
dc.author.department English en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Language Teaching and Research en_US
dc.journal.volume 2 en_US
dc.journal.issue 6 en_US
dc.article.pages 1320-1328 en_US
dc.title.altrnative A Context of Cultural and Curricular Complexities en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords Multilingualism en_US
dc.keywords Multiculturalism en_US
dc.keywords Language and education en_US
dc.keywords Languages in Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords EFL/ESL en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.4304/jltr.2.6.1320-1328 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Bacha, N. N., & Bahous, R. (2011). Foreign language education in Lebanon: A context of cultural and curricular complexities. Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2(6), 1320-1328. en_US
dc.author.email nbacha@lau.edu.lb
dc.author.email rbahous@lau.edu.lb
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