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Loss of Arabic in the UAE: Is Bilingual Education the Solution?

Show simple item record Raddawi, Rana Meslem, Doha 2018-08-01T06:04:31Z 2018-08-01T06:04:31Z 2015-12
dc.identifier.issn 2210-1829
dc.description.abstract The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is threatened by an identity-loss, due a lack of balance between Arabic and English education in the country hence, the National Federal Council has proposed a draft for a monolingual Arabic shift in all public schools and universities. This paper is an attempt to demonstrate that such a shift could be irrational when it comes to UAE context. Two-way bilingualism is an alternative that could help preserve UAE’s identity while taking into consideration UAE’s multicultural context and keeping the country up breast with the rest of the world. The present study shows how bilingual education can be physically implemented in UAE using a two way-bilingual program. Theoretical framework involving inter-emotionality and cultural frame switching is used to prove that languages are related to identities. The paper uses a variety of secondary sources such as journal and newspaper articles, chapters from books, websites and dissertations which support both the theoretical and the practical aspects of the study. Recommendations suggest that implementing bilingual education in UAE schools would help preserve Arabic, and potentially make speakers of Arabic believe in their mother tongue. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Bahrain en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International *
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dc.source International Journal of Bilingual & Multilingual Teachers of English
dc.subject UAE
dc.subject bilingualism
dc.subject Arabic
dc.subject English
dc.subject education
dc.subject identity
dc.title Loss of Arabic in the UAE: Is Bilingual Education the Solution? en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.volume 03
dc.issue 02
dc.pagestart 85
dc.pageend 94
dc.source.title International Journal of Bilingual & Multilingual Teachers of English
dc.abbreviatedsourcetitle IJBMTE

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