Including Diglossia in Teaching Arabic as Second Language Programmes: Suggestions and Implications from a Darija Course in Casablanca

  • Francesca Tabloni


This paper presented the results of a study conducted at a language school in Casablanca, Morocco, testing and describing the method used in this institute to teach Darija—Moroccan Arabic—comparing it with the literature concerning other teaching strategies. This study is significant in at least three major respects. Firstly, the majority of the students attending these courses had no previous knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Secondly, Darija is taught through the Latin alphabet. Thirdly, the Darija courses are shaped according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The findings of this study had important implications which may be applied in introducing language variation to L2 learners of Arabic in higher education syllabus.


Diglossia Teaching Arabic Second language Darija 


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  • Francesca Tabloni
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  1. 1.University of BolognaBolognaItaly

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