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A new horizon in language education: OBE's role in Arabic learning and assessment

Ahmad H.Osman, Rahmah and Jaffer, Usman and Amiruddin, Ahmad Zaki and Hamawiya, Adham (2023) A new horizon in language education: OBE's role in Arabic learning and assessment. Boletin de Literatura Oral - The Literary Journal, 10 (1). pp. 3677-3684. ISSN 2173-0695

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In an era where global connectivity reshapes every facet of our lives, the imperative for progressive and effective language education becomes increasingly paramount. Arabic, a language steeped in rich cultural heritage and of significant global relevance, stands at the forefront of educational evolution, presenting distinct challenges and unprecedented opportunities for educators worldwide. This paper delves into the transformative journey of Arabic language education, with a particular focus on the paradigm shift towards Outcome- Based Education (OBE). OBE, a progressive educational framework, places paramount importance on learner outcomes and competencies, thereby aligning curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessments with clearly defined, measurable learning objectives. This paper provides a critical analysis of traditional Arabic language assessment methods, spotlighting their inadequacies in precisely measuring student proficiency and developmental progress. It critiques conventional pedagogies, notably grammar-intensive exams and rote memorization, and addresses the burgeoning need for innovative assessment strategies. These strategies are more reflective of authentic language application and attuned to the diverse needs of learners, thus fostering a more accurate evaluation of student abilities. Central to this discussion are the core principles of OBE, which include articulating clear learning outcomes, aligning assessments to these outcomes, and incorporating authentic, realworld tasks. These principles have shown significant promise in reinvigorating Arabic language education. The paper highlights how educators are increasingly adopting OBE inspired methods, such as performance-based assessments, comprehensive portfolios, and oral proficiency interviews, to assess Arabic language skills in a more holistic and meaningful manner. Additionally, the paper explores the myriad advantages of OBE in Arabic language learning environments, notably in enhancing learner engagement, motivation, and autonomy. By concentrating on outcome-driven objectives, educators are empowered to customize their teaching approaches to meet specific learner needs and to monitor and track progress more effectively. OBE's learner-centered approach fosters a departure from traditional, generalized instructional methods to more personalized, adaptive educational experiences. Moreover, the paper underscores the pivotal role of technology in facilitating OBE within Arabic language education. It highlights how digital platforms, language learning applications, and innovative assessment tools are instrumental in creating interactive, authentic, and learner-paced educational experiences that resonate with the principles of OBE. In conclusion, the integration of Outcome-Based Education into Arabic language teaching and assessment signifies a crucial advancement in enhancing the quality and relevance of Arabic language education. This paper emphasizes the necessity of a paradigm shift in assessment methodologies, centering on learner outcomes and competencies. It concludes by underscoring the potential of OBE in cultivating more proficient, engaged, and motivated Arabic language learners, an essential development in our increasingly interconnected global landscape.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1537/109604
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arabic language education; Outcome-Based Education; assessment methods; language proficiency; learner engagement
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC905 Islamic Education
P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic > PJ6001 Arabic
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T173.5 Technology and Islam
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Arabic Language and Literature
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2023 21:43
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2023 21:43
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/109604

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