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Glossary

Below are some of the core language and termininolgy we use in this website.

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Language & linguistics

Acquisition

“Aquisition means picking up a language, subconsciously learning the language, having a feel for it.

Learning means what we did in school. Knowing the rules, being able to consiously remember what they are talk about them etc.

And the big break through is that they are different and that aquisition is much more powerful.”

From the creator of the concept of comprehensible input, Stephen Krashen (Source).

We favour the aquisition of Arabic, not learning it! This means our process is founded on comprehensible input.

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) (A1 to C2)

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Fluency

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Four core language skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing)

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Grammar

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Immersion

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Input vs. output

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Language coach

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Language exchange

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Syntax

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Tuition vs. teaching

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Comprehensible input-related

Automatic Language Growth (ALG)

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Circling

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Comprehensible input

Comprehensible input

Comprehension checking questions

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Crosstalk

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Direct approach

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Movietalk/TV Method/Described video

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Natural Approach

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Silent period

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Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS)

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Total physical response (TPR)

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Language learning methods

Communicative approach

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Grammar-translation approach

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Minimal pairs

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Shadowing

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Speak from day one

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Arabic terms

Diglossia

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Dialect or 3amiyeh (عامية أو لهجات)

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Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) or fusHa (فصحى)

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Technology

Anki

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Large Language Models (LLMs)

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Spaced Repetition Systems (SRS)

A “computer-based spaced-repetition (SRS), or flashcard, software, [that] can greatly assist in the rote-memorisation of information that is arranged in question-answer pairs”.

For language study, the “obvious application is memorisation of vocabulary” (Source: Omniglot)”. The most common open-source SRS software is Anki.

We tend to be wary of many SRS programmes because they:

  • use pre-made decks – Memrise for example – use translation which should be avoided when possible.
  • Takes time away from seeing language in multiple different meaningful contexts. This creates nuanced understanding.
  • There is a bit of a learning curve on do-it-yourself programmes like Anki.
  • I found it rather boring after a while and stopped!

That said, many people are very fond of them, and they can be used well.