Good pedagogy would dictate that students are allowed to use their first language to assist in the learning of other subject in the curriculum. As an Australian teacher who has taught it schools where the students come from many backgrounds, and any classroom can be home to 20 or more languages, I have considerable expertise in this. Only teachers who are insecure about their classroom management skills object to Arabic or any other language being used by students. A competent teacher is easily able to distinguish between idle chatter where the issue is not the language being spoken but the fact that the student is not on task, and discussion and clarification of the subject matter which is valuable in any language. In fact the ability to translate into first language is an indicator of a higher order understanding.
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