Debate in Communicative Arabic as a Foreign Language Learning


  • Kaseh Abu Bakar Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Nur Adibah Alias Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Atiyyah Ahmad Marzuki Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


Foreign language teaching and learning, Arabic language, Classroom teaching, Communicative Activity, Debate


Foreign language learning activities, whether in or out of the classroom, should be varied to maximise the language's influence on students. Debate is an activity that encourages students to speak up, participate in discussions, defend their arguments and positions, and research a wide range of topics. Though debates are often perceived as difficult, particularly for students who struggle with language, frequent and effective training may help students overcome their fear and develop speaking skills. This paper reviews previous research on the use of debate in foreign language learning and the rationale for its implementation in classroom teaching and learning. If well implemented, the debate class module would boost the students' confidence in using Arabic in academics, social situations, and in their careers.