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The Learning Conference 2003

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Defining and Assessing Learning in the Foreign Language Context

Kaseh Abu Bakar.

A thorough understanding of what learning means in the foreign language context is of paramount importance to both program developers and teachers alike because it provides a clear direction for a sound curricular development and an effective implementation of the curricular. In other words, our chances of producing good language users are higher if we have a deeper understanding of the multiple dimensions of learning and of the ways to develop good language learners. In addition to that, the process of learning also needs to be assessed for the interest of learners especially and teachers and administrators as well. Thus, the purpose of this paper is threefold. First, to define the multifaceted dimensions of learning in the foreign language context. Second, to discuss the issue of assessing learning in terms of its instructional value. Third, to report a descriptive research on foreign language teachers‚ understanding of learning and their perspective towards the assessment of learning.


Kaseh Abu Bakar  (Malaysia)
Dept. of Arabic Studies & Islamic Civilization
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

currently teaches Arabic and Arabic Studies at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. -has a Masters of Education in Foreign Language Education (University of Pittsburgh 1997), Diploma of Education in Teaching of Arabic (International Islamic University Malaysia 1992) and B.A. (Hons.) in Arabic Language and Literature (University Mohamed V, Rabat 1992).

  • Defining and Assessing Learning

(30 min Conference Paper, English)