Challenges of Teaching English to Arabic Students
Keywords:Language learning of pronunciation, problems, solutions.
The study of sounds in a language concentrates on the ways in which sounds are made (articulatory phonetics). That means it is no use learning the written symbols of a language and reciting its grammar rules without being able to communicate. Therefore, pronunciation is the most important and difficult problem that non-native English speakers have to face when studying English. It involves a knowledge and mastery of vocabulary and spelling. English itself is not a phonetic language. The spelling and pronunciation are two different entities in English.It also requires more practicing for mastering the spelling. Though many students try to pronounce the words based on the spellings whilereading, many a time, it doesn’t work. Arabic language, being one of the Semitic languages,creates more problems for the students of KSA.That leads to poor pronunciation. So, the present paper tries tothrow the light on difficulties and as teachers of English language find solutions to correct them.The subjects for the study were fifty undergraduate students from University of Majmaah. The instruments used for collecting the data were observation.The data collected were analyzed descriptively. The findings of the study revealed that many students of English whose language background is Arabic, havethe syllabus of English Language, which is completely different when it is compared with the Indian universities that have prescribedEnglish language for the undergraduate students. Based on the findings, the study concluded that factors such as inter-language and mother tongue influence are the principal causes for the differences and difficulties. The authors have mentioned some practices that they have practiced while teaching English language tobenefit the students to overcome the problems in pronunciation
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