Dr. Muhsin Al-Ramli, Member in the Commission of
“Arabic is the language of Life”
The Commission on the Modernization of Arabic Language Teaching submitted to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, a report titled “Arabic for Life”. The meeting was held in Dubai on May 14th, 2013, and was attended by several government entities, Arabic language specialists from the world’s most prestigious universities, educational institutions’ personnel, and a crowd of interested attendees.
Arabic for life
The Committee chose ‘Arabic for Life’ as the title of the report to firmly root its work in the language’s current reality and in the technical and scientific developments surrounding it, taking into account the growing interest among non-speakers to learn it in various academic institutions around the world.
‘Arabic for Life’ was chosen to declare that the most important functions of Arabic as a language of daily communication should be the platform on which to build new curricula and design the most appropriate teaching materials that would transform the teaching of Arabic.
The report draws from latest scientific research and studies in the field of language teaching and learning. Several surveys were conducted with experts to explore teaching methods and the challenges in modernizing Arabic teaching.
The report provides an overview of the current state of Arabic teaching based on five main themes: curriculum development, culture of reading, teachers, the role of the media in supporting the teaching of Arabic and teaching Arabic to non-native speakers. It also offers recommendations and solutions that can be implemented within a reasonable timeframe to achieve quick success in the modernization of Arabic teaching as well as long-term strategic solutions.
Members of The Commission
The Commission brings together elite of highly acclaimed intellectuals and linguists. In addition to its Chairman, Dr. Farouq ElBaz, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at the University of Boston, the Commission includes: Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Imam Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Dr. AbdelSalam AlMajali, Chairman of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences and former Prime Minister of Jordan, Dr. Yasir Suleiman, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Hassan ElShafei, Head of the Arabic Language Academy in Cairo, Dr. Farouk Shousha, Secretary General of the Arabic Language Academy in Cairo, Dr. Ronak Housni, Head of the Arabic Language and Translation Studies Department at the American University in Sharjah, Dr. Fatima AlBriki, Head of the Arabic Language Department in the UAE University, Dr. Muhsin Al-Ramli, Iraqi writer and professor at the American Saint Louis University in Madrid, Dr. Moneera AlGhadeer, Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research at the Translating and Interpreting Institute (TII) of Hamad bin Khalifa University in Qatar, Dr. Naif AlMutawa, founder and Director of Teshkeel Media Group, Dr. William Granara, Director of the Arabic Language Program at Harvard University, Dr. Obaid AlMuhairi, Secretary General of the Commission, and Director of the Arabic Language Institute at Zayed University, and Dr. Brewin Habib, poet and broadcaster.
*The report is available on www.arabicforlife.ae