Hamdi A. Qafisheh, "From Gulf Arabic into Modern Standard Arabic: A Pilot Study", Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic, 8:1 (1975), 36-39.
En este artículo, Qafisheh demuestra la conveniencia —en términos de resultados— de iniciarse en el árabe a través de una variante local. Puede consultarse un resumen del trabajo en ERIC (ficha ED109881):
[…] When the student intends to learn both a colloquial variety and Modern Standard, the order in which the languages are learned must be considered. This was the point of the study undertaken at the University of Arizona in 1969. Twelve of the 25 subjects, students and staff members of the University of Arizona Environmental Research Laboratory, followed a year's course in Gulf Arabic on the Arizona campus, then went on to a year's course in Modern Standard. The remaining subjects, for the most part professionals, followed a year's course in Modern Standard, and then went on to Gulf Arabic. Results indicate that the students who began their studies with Gulf Arabic were more successful academically and consequently displayed a higher level of motivation.