Volume 5, Issue 3-1, June 2017, Page: 15-23
Reflections on the Linguistic Landscape and the Prospects of English Language Teaching in Algeria
Ghania Ouahmiche, Department of Human Sciences and Islamic Civilization, University of Oran 1, Oran, Algeria
Abderrazak Beddiaf, Department of English, University of Oran 2, Oran, Algeria
Abdelkader Beddiaf, Department of Letters and Foreign Languages, University of Batna 2, Batna, Algeria
Received: Mar. 4, 2017;       Accepted: Mar. 6, 2017;       Published: Apr. 5, 2017
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2017050301.13      View  2170      Downloads  156
The paper is bi-pillared: first is an allowance for the Algerian sociolinguistic panorama; then follows an account for the status of English in the Algerian sphere of schooling. Education, history, geography and ethnicity are the four quintessential factors underlying the Algerian involved linguistic situation. As a meeting ground for a multiplicity of tongues, Algeria is by and large regarded as an intricate plurilingual country. Indeed, plurilingualism, in the Algerian context, is organized in essence around three linguistic spheres consisting of Arabic (with its two varieties), Tamazight and foreign languages. The other pillar upon which rests the present paper concerns the status and image of English as a foreign language in didactic subjects, i.e. teaching/learning English in Algeria, and more specifically in its consideration of added value. The effort lies in tracking down whether this state could have taken a place of choice (privileged) as a whole with reference to its teaching/learning within the contextualized linguistic chessboard. The idea of the didactic dimension of English clarifies its weight and sheds light on academic conceptions installed in Algeria.
Language Conflict, Algerian Linguistic Landscape, Algerian Educational Reform, English Language Teaching in Algeria, Languages and Interculturality
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Ghania Ouahmiche, Abderrazak Beddiaf, Abdelkader Beddiaf, Reflections on the Linguistic Landscape and the Prospects of English Language Teaching in Algeria, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Special Issue: New Trends in Arabic Sociolinguistics. Vol. 5, No. 3-1, 2017, pp. 15-23. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2017050301.13
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