Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(12), pp. 2750 - 2760
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041209
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Cultural Competence in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language


Magdalena Lewicka *, Anna Waszau
Department of Arabic Culture and Language, Nicolas Copernicus University, Poland

ABSTRACT

The paper is dedicated to the characteristics of the proposal regarding the cultural and regional knowledge curriculum of the Arabic language area whose realization should be correlated with practical teaching of the Arabic Language, both in universities and in language courses. The prototype and the basis for the development of this curriculum proposal is the cultural program for teaching Polish as a foreign language written by Władysław Miodunko, including the official guidelines regarding this matter and following other, similar concepts regarding the presentation of the cultural and regional knowledge material in the didactics of the foreign language teaching. The cultural program prepared by the authors includes many elements which compose the Arabic culture, especially in the context of its distinctness on the basis of the customs of the European societies and, what follows, the traditional, everlasting components, but also the ones which are a kind of novelty connected with the globalization and westernization processes coming around in the Arab world as a result of its contact with the West which causes gradual changes in the mentality and perception of the world by Arabs themselves. This elaboration also includes the method of teaching cultural and regional matters which - as Katarzyna Stankiewicz indicates - "can be taught in many ways - as a collection of facts to be remembered, information allowing the learner to find himself in the foreign reality or, finally, as an encouragement to reflection on one's own culture".

KEYWORDS
Glottodidactics, Teaching Arabic, Cultural Competence, Intercultural Communication

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[1] Magdalena Lewicka , Anna Waszau , "Cultural Competence in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language," Universal Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 4, No. 12, pp. 2750 - 2760, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041209.

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Magdalena Lewicka , Anna Waszau (2016). Cultural Competence in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 4(12), 2750 - 2760. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041209.