Arabic in the Faculty of Religion and Non-Religion at Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
The transformation of IAIN to become UIN brings new problems need to be tackled by its academicians, among them the enrolling of students with non-religious background and not familiar with Arabic as the language used to study Islamic resources. In general, they seem prepared to be accustomed with this this new environment where Arabic knowledge is required. This research is a qualitative research with a naturalistic approach. The data that has been collected is analyzed using inferential descriptive method, that is, by way of projecting it in the context of an objective representation of the reality. Researchers collected data related to Arabic language teaching materials and sorted out informants from teachers and students besides text books and other documents. They then assed their quality, performed data analysis, interpreted and concluded them. In this study the main data ranged from observations, interviews and documentations related to the analysis of the Arabic language instruction UIN Bandung. The results of this study showed that Arabic materials used were not in a pattern every teacher agrees upon, they were diverse and did not differentiate students of faculty of religion from those of non-religion. The teaching methods also lack the unity and in need of improvement in order to appeal the students and help achieve learning objectives. Level of enthusiasm towards Arabic language among students, especially in the faculty of non-religion is at best underrated. Previous educational background among students that brings such a low interest in studying Arabic exacerbated by less appealing teaching methods.
Keywords: Arabic, University Transformation, UIN Bandung, Faculties of Religion and Non-Religion.