Peace Corps - Tunisian Arabic Competency Based Curriculum

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This curriculum guide is designed for the Arabic language training of Peace Corps workers in Tunisia, and reflects daily communication needs in that context. An introductory section describes the materials' organization and competency-based approach, and lists the 28 specific competencies targeted and the constructions taught within each competency. Subsequent sections address the competencies individually, listing the lesson topic, competency, specific constructions (in Arabic) for the lesson in each language skill area (listening, speaking, reading, writing), vocabulary list, cultural notes, and additional references. Topics include greetings and introductions, self-identification, classroom communication, postal services, telephone use, shopping, food and restaurants, describing preferences, requesting directions, family and family life, seeking medical assistance, transportation, describing work, travel, obtaining needed papers, responding to incidents, housing, invitations, emergency assistance, clothing, appropriate response in political and religious discussions, health, kitchen utensils and cooking, responding to police identity checks, and bargaining. Brief notes on trainee evaluation are appended.

PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Tunisia: 1962-1996, 2013, Currently Inactive

PROGRAM SECTORS
Tunisia: Education, Environment, Agriculture, Health, Business, Youth & Community Development

Tunisian is a Maghrebi dialect of the Arabic language, spoken by some 11 million people. It is usually known by its own speakers as Derja, which means dialect, to distinguish it from Standard Arabic, or as Tunsi, which means Tunisian. It is spoken all over Tunisia, and merges, as part of a dialect continuum, into similar varieties in eastern Algeria and western Libya. Its morphology, syntax, pronunciation and vocabulary are quite different from Standard or Classical Arabic. Tunisian Arabic, like other Maghrebi dialects, has a vocabulary mostly Arabic, with significant Berber substrates, and many words and loanwords borrowed from Berber, French, Turkish, Italian and Spanish. Derja is mutually spoken and understood in the Maghreb countries, especially Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, but hard to understand for middle eastern Arabic speakers. It continues to evolve by integrating new French or English words, notably in technical fields, or by replacing old French and Spanish ones with Standard Arabic words within some circles. In Eastern Arab countries the similar term is more commonly used for the colloquial varieties of Arabic there. Moreover, Tunisian is also closely related to Maltese, which is not considered to be a dialect of Arabic for sociolinguistic reasons[citation needed]. Almost all literate speakers of Tunisian also understand and can speak some Standard Arabic. Some Tunisians view Tunisian Arabic as a derivative form of Classical Arabic with loanwords from Berber, French, Italian, Turkish and Spanish though awareness of Tunisian as a distinct language is growing, especially among the younger generation.

Arabic (Tunisian) is spoken in: Tunisia

Arabic (Tunisian) is also called: Tunisian Spoken, Tunisian, Tunisian Arabic, Tunisian Darija

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