Elinor Saiegh-Haddad, John Everatt

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This chapter discusses early literacy education in Arabic for native Arabic-speaking children in four Arabic-speaking groups: the Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel, the Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories and native Arabic-speaking children in two Gulf countries: Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. It provides a representative portrayal of the theory and practice of early literacy education in these regions. The chapter reveals potential shared conceptions regarding the basic components of early reading development, but also some different challenges. A main challenge that all groups face, however, is the translation of such concepts into teacher training and appropriate materials for the teaching of literacy in Standard Arabic, especially in the light of diglossia. The chapter discusses early Arabic literacy education in each of the country contexts and major challenges for current and future early literacy provision in Arabic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Early Literacy Education
Subtitle of host publicationA Contemporary Guide to Literacy Teaching and Interventions in a Global Context
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781317659204
ISBN (Print)9781138787889
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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© 2017 selection and editorial matter, Natalia Kucirkova, Catherine E. Snow, Vibeke Grøver and Catherine McBride; individual chapters, the contributors.


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