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Surname1NameTutorEnglish 101DateStereotypes of Arab culture and its languageA stereotype is a widely held and popular belief that is used to generalize a particularclass or group of people and is taken to represent the way that they behave and interact. This isan image that is standardized and simplified and is used to represent a group of people or even aculture. An example of a popular stereotype is the one about motorcycle riders where the belief isthat they all wear leather or products associated with leather. These commonly held thought maynot be accurate or reflect reality. Mostly, these beliefs that are held about a creating group orculture are not true but are an oversimplified representation of them. Some stereotypes may bepositive but the large percentages of them are negative and usually portray entire cultures orraces in a negative manner. Stereotypes are one of the major contributing factors towards themany prejudiced views that are held by people. A stereotype may allow an individual to respondquickly to a situation as they may know what to expect but it often makes us ignore thedifferences that exist between individuals, preferring to lump them into one group under aspecific stereotype.This paper will deal with aspects of the Arab world and the Arabic language. There are anumber of reasons that have been put forward to explain why Arabic as a language should not betaught as a major in colleges and universities. One of these reasons is that Arabic is the language
Surname2of choice for practicing Muslims, wherever they are in the world. Thus, teaching a language thatis predominantly used as a medium of worship in another religion, especially in countries andeducational institutions which are majorly Christian is a measure which can be viewed ascounterproductive and useless. Christian children do not need to learn Arabic as it is notnecessary to their way of life or communication. Hence teaching them this language would resultin an overload of their curriculum with a subject that will not benefit them in future.Also Arabic employs a different from of writing that is in contrast to what most studentsare used to. This is the right to left margin form of writing where letters are written from the righthand side margin of the book to the left hand side margin. This is in contrast to what the studentshave been taught ever since they were young, which is the left to right hand side system ofwriting. The teaching of Arabic would then cause confusion and chaos to a child’s mind in theirattempt to relate to both styles of writing. It can even be argued that this system would turn out tobe harmful to a student’s development and growth.The reasons states above provide compellingevidence and reasons why some educators are against the idea of Arabic being taught in collegesand universities as a major. These reasons are valid depending on the context in which they are