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The questionnaire below is part of the project for my MSc research in the School of Computing at the University of Leeds, England. The main objective of this project is to develop a general corpus of Modern Standard Arabic, spoken and written. It is hoped that a corpus of this sort will be useful in a whole range of ways. It can be used as a source of authentic material for TAFL (Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language). It will provide material for conducting linguistic research and studying the main features of the different genres. It will offer a source for material writing. And it will be used for language engineering applications. In this questionnaire I am asking teachers as well as language engineers to think about and comment on varieties of texts they use in class and for constructing language programs. Your views are valuable as the design of this corpus will be based on the information obtained from this questionnaire. Remember that all the information you provide will be kept entirely confidential. Please take a few minutes to answer my questions.

Please check the box if you would like a copy of our final report on this project

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP WITH THIS PROJECT!

Section I:

Contact Information:

Name of Company/Institution:

Nature of Business:

Approximate Number of Employees:

Role within Company/Institution:

Contact Name:

EMail:

 

Section II:

1. Indicate the usefulness of the following items in your teaching and language engineering.

Text Type
Very useful
Useful
Not useful
Written      
Fiction      
Short stories
Children's stories
Teenage novels
Arts      
Autobiography/Biography
Sociology (Social Issues)
Education
Sciences      
Health and Medicine
Economics
Geography
Scientific Documents
Business Documents      
Business Letters
Patents
User Manuals
Calls for Tender
Application forms
Memos
Technical Documents
Legal Documents
Academic Papers
Instruction Manuals
Internet Company Documents
Financial Documents
Miscellaneous      
Advertisements
Plays
Magazines
Poetry
Recipes
Restaurant menus
Fashion
Tourist/Travel information
Formal Letters
Newspaper Articles
Web Pages
Emails
Entertainments
Sports
Religion
Spoken      
Television programmes
Radio programmes
Conversation

 

2. What other material can you suggest?