A rough guide to Arabic for ESL teachers
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Arabic is a Semitic language that is spoken by over 220 million speakers.
Although there are many dialects, only Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is universally used throughout the Arab world. Novice ESL teachers who hope to teach in the Arab world should familiarize themselves with a few aspects of the Arabic language (MSA) if they hope to teach Arabic speakers more effectively. Here are a few points worth remembering.
1. Arabic is significantly different from Latin based languages: its script is cursive; no distinction is made between upper and lower case letters; reading and writing proceed in horizontal lines from right to left, but numbers are written and read from left to right, and the back of an Arabic book would be considered to be the front by non-Arabic speakers, i.e. reading matter is read back to front.
2. Being a consonantic language, the vowels may be omitted in writing.
3. Arabic, like Hebrew, employs the abjad system of writing: in this system of writing, each written symbol represents a consonant – the reader is expected to supply the necessary vowels.
4. As with Russian, Arabic does not admit of either the verb ‘to be’ (in the present tense) nor the auxiliary verb ‘do’. This may result in errors such as ‘She very beautiful’, ‘Where you go?’
5. Arabic does not admit of modal verbs, and this may result in errors such as ‘Do I must go now?’ ‘He doesn’t can do it’.
6. Arabic ESL learners (AESLLs) experience difficulty in the use of the present simple vis-à-vis the present continuous.
7. AESLLs also experience difficulty in the use of the perfect tenses, and this may result in errors such as ‘He started his lunch’, ‘She lives here for five months’ when what should have been written is ‘He has/had started his lunch’ and ‘She has/had live here for five months’, respectively.
8. Arabic does not admit of a definite article, and this may result in errors such as ‘I have car’, and ‘He kick ball’.
9. AESLLs experience problems with the genitive case, and this may result in errors such as ‘Dog the boy’ instead of ‘The boy’s dog’.
10. The noun precedes the adjective.
11. Arabic retains the pronoun in the relative clause, and this may result in errors such as ‘Where are the books which he gave them to you yesterday?’ ‘Anne, who she is a good worker, works in Paris’.
12. English phonology is a very serious problem for AESLLs: they have difficulty in pronouncing consonants, the ‘th’ phoneme, certain consonant clusters, stress patterns, and elision.
13. AESLLs’ pronunciation is characterized by an aversion to elision and the use of glottal stops prior to initial vowels.
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In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.