Tag: Arabic

Abu Dhabi Announces Five-Year Plan to Promote Arabic

Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed, chair of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, has approved the Arabic Language Center’s strategy for 2020 to 2025, which will focus on a few core areas to preserve and encourage the use of the language, including using Arabic content, developing digital platforms in the language, and encouraging research to promote it at all levels. The center...

TED Talks Arabic

millennial female Arabic speaker explaining presentation to older and young colleagues at office.
TED and the Qatar Foundation have launched TEDinArabic—a joint two-year initiative that will provide a global platform for thinkers, researchers, artists, and change makers across the Arabic-speaking world to share their ideas with a global audience. TEDinArabic is TED’s first initiative to focus on sharing solutions, inventions, and stories in the Arabic language. The initiative aims to profile ideas that...

Arabic Literary Prize Submissions Open

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is now open for submissions. The award has a reputation for highlighting the most exciting, and often the most challenging work from and about the Arab world. Each winner receives prize money of 750,000 UAE dirhams ($204,000 USD) to both recognize and further enable their creative and cultural achievements. Writers, translators, academics, and publishers from around...

Sustaining Community

While no one was prepared for the pandemic shuttering of physical school buildings, K–12 teachers of less commonly taught languages were perhaps the most accustomed to having to find community beyond school walls. Unlike with other subjects taught in schools, there may not be an Arabic teacher in the same building, school system, or even the same county. It...

Arabic Sesame Street Aims to Help Refugees

A brand-new, locally produced version of Sesame Street or Ahlan Simsim (“Welcome Sesame” in Arabic) premieres this month on regional children’s TV station MBC3, as well as on YouTube and local broadcast channels across the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. The new show is part of a groundbreaking humanitarian program between Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue...

Dec. 18th is #ArabicLanguageDay

December 18th is World Arabic Language Day and this year's theme is "Arabic Language and Artificial Intelligence." Celebrated since 2012, World Arabic Language Day marks the anniversary of the United Nation's 1973 adoption of Arabic as one of its official languages. In a message to the public, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said, "While it poses its share of...

Arabic for America

In a highly globalized world, in which country borders are increasingly permeable and the migration and movement of peoples is becoming the norm, language and cultural competencies are ever more essential. However, less than 10% of Americans speak a language other than English, but 75% of the world’s population does not know English. This easily puts Americans at a disadvantage...

Arabic Downgraded in Israel

Israel has passed a “nation-state” law that gives exclusive rights to Jewish people and removes Arabic as an official language. The law states that Arabic will no longer be an official language but says that it will retain “special status” and “will not be harmed.” Israeli Arabs, Jews, and Christians have voiced opposition to the move. Haaretz, the country’s oldest...

Arabic Becomes Sweden’s Second Language

For over 800 years, Finnish has been Sweden's largest minority language, but, thanks to the recent influx of asylum seekers from predominantly Arab-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Arabic has now replaced Finnish, Stockholm University researcher Mikael Parkvall argued in an opinion piece published in Svenska Dagbladet. The estimated number of Arabic speakers in the Scandinavian country of 10 million is "over 200,000." According to this calculation,...

Jordan’s Queen Supports Arabic Standards

Jordan’s Queen Rania attended the “Arabic Language Learning Standards for Native Speakers” document launch session at the fourth annual Teacher Skills Forum, hosted by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA), where she was briefed on the project, its accomplishments to date, and the schools that have piloted the standards. The project aims to establish a set of standards and teaching/learning...
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