Multilingual Learning for the Arabic-speaking World

Date of Publication: Fall 2023

Editors: Carine Allaf, Fabrice Jaumont, and Selma Talha-Jebril

Authors: Hossam Abouzahr, Sarab Al Ani, Issam Albdairat, Carine Allaf, Haifa Alsakkaf, Rym Akhonzada, Hakim Benbadra, Tony Calderbank, Marina Chamma, Logan Cochrane, Anna Dillon, Emad El Shabrawy, Munirah Eskander, Janaan Farhat, Zeynep Ertürk, Mohamed Foula, Fabrice Jaumont, Hanieh Khataee, Mehdi Lazar, Fatema M. Al-Malki, Majd Sarah, Selma Talha-Jebril


Multilingual Learning for the Arabic-speaking World is a groundbreaking collection of essays that delves into the diverse world of multilingualism within the Arab region and its diaspora. Featuring contributions from a wide range of authors, this comprehensive anthology examines the complexities and challenges of language learning, teaching, and identity formation across various contexts.

Each chapter offers unique perspectives on different aspects of multilingualism, from the teaching of Arabic to non-Arabic speakers, to the role of identity in language acquisition and code-switching among bilingual speakers. By bringing together experts from various linguistic and cultural backgrounds, this book provides a holistic understanding of the multifaceted nature of multilingualism in the Arab world.

Topics explored in this collection include constructivist learning in Arabic teaching sets, pathways to bilingualism in the Middle East, the negotiation of language and identity among European Arabs in diaspora, the social motivation of code-switching, and the impact of digital technology on the Arabic language. The book also delves into the history and development of Arabic language teaching in Italy, pedagogical translanguaging in the UAE, and the politics of language in Algeria.

Multilingual Learning for the Arabic-speaking World is an essential resource for language educators, researchers, and policymakers interested in understanding the intricacies of multilingualism in the Arab world and its diaspora. As an invaluable tool for promoting language diversity and fostering cross-cultural understanding, this book highlights the importance of linguistic diversity in an increasingly interconnected world.