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Mathematics and language: issues among bilingual Arabs in English medium universities

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This article is an attempt to highlight the language situation of bilingual Arab university students who are acquiring English as a second language, and at the same time learning mathematics in the new language of instruction. Furthermore, the article explores the educational implications of the language switch from Arabic to English as they relate to mathematics teaching and learning at the university level. Results of studies done with these students that may shed some light on the language situation are shared. Recommendations are also given for a way forward.

Keywords: bilingual Arabs; language; mathematics; preparatory year programme

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207390903223846

Affiliations: Preparatory Year Mathematics Programme, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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