Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


The purpose of this study and thesis was to determine the impact of using a CD including authentic Arabic material to improve Arabic language learners' reading and listening proficiency, as well as to increase their familiarity with Arabic culture. The CD contained several components including film clips, songs, and short stories reflecting various aspects of Arabic culture and history. An open-ended questionnaire and an interview were administered to elicit students' perceptions of the CD's usefulness or lack thereof in improving their Arabic proficiency. Although students reported an interest in learning the Arabic language using the CD ROM, they seemed to evaluate it based on the test they have to take at the end of the course. Data obtained from the questionnaire, the interview, and the teacher journal, indicate that students found the videos to be the most useful, while there was mixed attitudes regarding the songs and the short stories and their usefulness.


Thesis (M.A.) Teacher Education Department