Tag: Arabic

Arabic Honor Society

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has launched the Arabic Honor Society (AHS) to recognize top-performing high school students studying Arabic language and Arab culture.Benefits of the AHS will include:Exclusive awards that support summer study, study abroad, and college tuition;Information about higher education opportunities to continue Arabic study past the secondary level;An updated list of relevant scholarships and grants;Yearly contests and events...

Celebrate World Teachers’ Day

Teaching in Freedom, Empowering TeachersHeld annually on October 5 since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during last year’s edition. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.This year, World...

An Inspirational Guide to Arabic Design, Creativity and Culture

When it was first published in 2005, Mourad Boutros’s classic work Arabic for Designers was the first of its kind, an authoritative guide for English-speaking designers working with the cultural and design complexities of Arabic. Extensively illustrated, it addressed the rise in global awareness of Arab cultures and provided a framework for understanding and respect.The author’s objective was to...

Calls to Promote and Protect Arabic

In Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, told the Federal National Council (FNC)-the legislature of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)- that he supported initiatives aimed at promoting Arabic language in UAE society. The FNC adopted a motion to re-issue legislation and rules necessary for protecting the Arabic language. Concerned over the lack...

Celebrate World Arabic Language Day

December 18th is UN Arabic Language Day, an occasion, "to celebrate the language of 22 Member States of UNESCO, a language with more than 422 million speakers in the Arab world and used by more than 1.5 billion Muslims." December 18th is significant because it was the date in 1973 when the UN General Assembly approved Arabic as an official UN...

Israel Considers Mandatory Arabic Study

A measure introduced by MK Oren Hazan (Likud) would make it mandatory for schools in Israel to teach the Arabic language starting from first grade. The bill was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation and is supported by Education Minister Naftali Bennett. Hazan is a strong advocate for Arabic studies and the subject's ability to build a bridge...

Arabic is America’s Fastest-Growing Language

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) recently released Census Bureau data from the 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) showing that a record 63.2 million U.S. residents five years of age and older speak a language other than English at home. The number is up 3.6 million since 2010 and reflects that more than one in five U.S. residents now...

Startup Finds Arabic Language Jobs for Syrian Refugees

NaTakallam (we speak Arabic) is a new platform aimed at providing employment for Syrian refugees in Lebanon through teaching remote classes to Arabic language learners. Over 25% of registered Syrian refugees reside in Lebanon, now making up over 20% of the country. However, refugees lack the same rights as Lebanese citizens and face many legal restrictions that bar them from...

Are Arabic Schools in France Really Hotbeds for Radicalism?

Secret report accuses French heritage-language programs of ghettoizing and radicalizing French-born youthFrench conservatives are in an uproar over a 2013 report that recently surfaced accusing a nearly 40-year-old after-school heritage language program of teaching “Islamic catechism” and radicalizing young French students from immigrant families. France’s now-dissolved High Council on Integration (Haut Conseil à l’intégration, or HCI), which was a...

Arabic Promotion Pact

THE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the Society for the Protection of the Arabic Language.The MoU is designed to encourage communities to promote their association with the Arabic language which ties in with the Arabic language charter initiative, launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid...