Factors Contributing to the Decline of Arabic Language

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
This dissertation project is a contribution to the issue of proficiency of Arabic language among native speakers. The paper investigated some factors affecting proficiency of Arabic language for Arab secondary students studying the Ministry’s Curriculum at International schools that offer British curriculum in Dubai. The study identified the reasons for that from the points of views of various stakeholders: students, parents and teachers. A combination of quantitative and qualitative data was collected, analyzed, validated and interpreted using systematic techniques. The research presented a wealth of suggestions from past studies and brought attention to some government initiatives. The researcher hopes to add more insight into this subject and argues that if schools continue to neglect mastering Arabic, there will be serious threats to the language that endanger Modern Standard Arabic language in the local community. The research strongly argues and defends the hypothesis that enhancing the Arabic language and maintaining its standard is a shared responsibility. The paper concludes with recommendations for enhancing the Arabic language. The goal of the current study is to raise awareness to the danger of using English as the medium of instruction at a very early age. The study draws attention to various suggestions that are addressed to the Ministry of Education, to KHDA and to private schools in order to contribute to the development of Arabic Language in UAE. It suggests techniques to enhance the instruction of Arabic in the Emirati context. Planners at the Ministry of Education, KHDA and at the Ministry of Higher Education can use the results of this study to assist in designing futuristic goals or curricula. In addition, the results of this study can help Arabic language teachers in Emirates understand the extent and effectiveness of self efficacy and innovation in instruction on their teaching outcomes.
Arabic language, native speakers, British curriculum in Dubai, Arabic language teachers, self efficacy, teaching outcomes