Tag: Arabic

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 youth French 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...

Huffington Post to Launch Arabic News Site

The Huffington Post announced the launch of a new Arabic-language news site, HuffPost Arabi. The online news site will target the Arab world’s younger digitally-savvy generation. More...

Dec 18: Arabic Language Day

Celebrations are taking place across the Arabic-speaking world to mark World Arabic Language Day, which is observed on December 18 - the date on which the UN General Assembly approved Arabic as an official language in 1973. The date coincides with Qatar’s National Day - the annual commemoration of Qatar's unification and independence. Egypt’s Supreme Council for Culture (SCC) is...

Spanish, Arabic, French & Chinese Most Needed in UK

UK Report Identifies Language Needs Last month, the British Council published a report calling on UK policymakers to introduce a broader range of languages into every child’s education. “Languages for the Future” identifies (in order of importance) Spanish, Arabic, French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish, and Japanese as the languages most vital to the UK over the next 20 years....