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dc.contributor.advisor Hozayin, Russanne Dalle Carbonare, Diego 2015-05-26T09:56:04Z 2015-05-26T22:00:10Z 2015 Spring en_US 2015-05-26
dc.description.abstract Sociocultural education initiated by Leo Vygotsky strongly believes that language of instruction affects thinking. With regards to the present situation in Egypt, the present research explores the current literature on the value that Arabic has in the Arabic speaking world. Over against a wide-spread opinion that English should be used as the only medium of instruction in early years of literacy, literature shows that some forms of immersion have negative impact on the mastery of mother tongue, and on the very development of cognitive skills. The linguistic and educational scenario is further complicated by the fact that Arabic is a diglossic language, in which high and low variants are far apart. After carrying out a historical overview of the value associated to the learning of different languages in the region and discussing the psycho-social implications of diglossia, the research presents some recommendations for school-level language education. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship I wish to acknowledge the support, the encouragement and the fine guidance of my advisor Dr. Russanne Hozayin and the reader Dr. Heba El-Deghaidy. Also, a special word of thanks goes to the friends who have given me their invaluable time and feedback in proofreading the drafts: Brooke Comer, Jason Dorio and Valentina Cattane. en_US
dc.format.extent 80 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject Arabic language en_US
dc.subject Identity en_US
dc.subject Bilingualism en_US
dc.subject Diglossia en_US
dc.subject Literacy en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Language and thought in Egypt's schools today: what does Arabic mean to Arabic native speakers? A literature review en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Education en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Graduate School of Education en_US
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval is not necessary for this item, since the research is not concerned with living human beings or bodily tissue samples. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember El-Deghaidy, Heba

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