Federation of Arab News Agencies: Global Educators Mull Arabic Language Teaching Methods

Doha, November 03 (QNA) – Thirty-three educators from the Americas, Europe and Qatar mulled effective Arabic-language teaching methods and challenges at a roundtable ahead of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Summit 2015, starting here tomorrow at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

Organized by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, under the leadership of Chairperson HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, WISE Summit 2015 will discuss various topics under the theme ‘Investing for Impact: Quality Education for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth’.

At pre-WISE roundtable titled, ‘Effective Teaching of Arabic Language & Culture in High School: Issues, Approaches, and Principles,’ the educators from Canada, Brazil, the United States, United Kingdom and Qatar discussed innovative teaching methods in the high school context. The session, focused on Arabic pedagogy intended for high school students, addressing the growing gap in language learning essentials at the pre-university level.

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) Executive Director Maggie Mitchell Salem said, “Partnering with Education Development Institute (EDI) and Pre-University Education Division in Qatar Foundation and WISE ensures that best practices from QFI’s Arabic language and Arab culture programme are shared with colleagues in Doha and we are able to benefit from their experience.”

This roundtable, paired with the WISE sessions, empowers QFI-supported educators to return to their classrooms equipped with the innovative tools necessary to elevate their students as engaged global citizens, she said.

EDI Qatar Foundation Executive Director Noof Al Thani said, “EDI and Pre-University Education Division are committed to QF’s vision to unlock the human potential of future generations by supporting the growth and development of the educational community within Qatar and internationally.”

EDI in collaboration with QFI and WISE is pleased to host this roundtable discussion for high school teachers of Arabic in Qatar and abroad. This event aims to create an environment for educators to share their knowledge, experiences and best practices for Arabic language and culture education, he added.

WISE Chief Executive Officer Stavros N. Yiannouka said, “WISE provides a platform for networking, debating, and sharing ideas and improved practice for positive change in education. The roundtable on teaching Arabic in new, innovative ways is a great example of WISE values in action. We are pleased to support QFI in bringing Arabic and the riches of Arab culture to a more diverse audience of young learners.”

QFI advisor and University of Texas, Austin, Arabic Flagship Program Director Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal facilitated the roundtable. He will publish a new statement with QFI on the teaching of colloquial dialect versus Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) in the classroom. The statement will encourage Arabic language classes to teach communicative skills that prepare students to function effectively in the real world, and it will be published through the QFI website along with resources and a blog post by Dr. Al Batal, connecting educators to this work. (QNA)