German-Arabic children′s books: ″Einfach Lesen!″ – Just read! — Qantara de | Goethe’s children′s books for young refugees and their parents

Friendly trams and wandering frogs: the Goethe-Institut is using children′s books in German and Arabic to make it easier for young refugees and their parents to come into contact with the new language and country. A visit to a refugee shelter in Berlin shows how well the “Einfach lesen!” project is being received. By Patrick…

Scholars call for laws to protect Arabic — Gulf News com

Arab countries urged to ensure that legislation related to the official language is implemented Shaikh Mohammad and Shaikh Nahyan in discussions with participants on the sidelines of at the two-day International Conference on Arabic Language at Al Bustan Hotel in Dubai. Dubai: Laws and legislations should be imposed by Arab countries to protect the Arabic…

“Lessons in pluralism” — Khaleej Times com article about how the Aga Khan Education service is educating one to four years old children in diverse languages at Dubai Ismaili Centre

Sarah Young / 29 July 2013 An early learning childcare centre in Dubai is helping spread the ideals of pluralism and tolerance amongst the new generation, with a two-language focused approach. A little girl is playing with her dolls, while her mother watches. She’s chattering away – to each doll in a different language. Her…

University of Central Asia instructor wins masters dissertation prize at University of Birmingham

With over 13 years teaching experience, UCA Senior English Instructor Tojiniso Olimnazarova, recently completed her Masters in Education at the University of Birmingham, with a dissertation entitled “Using multiple languages in English as a Foreign Language in classrooms in Tajikistan.”  She was awarded the Best Teaching English as a Foreign Language Dissertation Prize for dissertations…

Video: A college student speaking 20 languages beautifully seeking to bridge the gap between different people, languages, and cultures

American Polyglot Practicing 20 Languages A sampling of the languages I’ve been studying recently. I’m clearly better at some than others, so any critiques or advice would be great! Languages used (chronologically): English, French, Hausa, Wolof, Russian, German, Yiddish, Hebrew, Arabic, Pashto, Farsi, Chinese, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Dutch, Xhosa, Swahili, Hindi, Ojibwe Interview on language…

Malagasy students immerse themselves in Kenyan culture and hospitality

Source: The Ismaili During a visit to the United Nations in Nairobi, students learnt about the main bodies of the UN, including the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for Kenya When Nadir Hassanaly and his friends stepped off the plane at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, only a few…

Arabic in Latin Script: ‘Lost in Arabic’ an Qantara article

Arabic was never easy. But if the language spoken by some 240 million people with its convoluted verb forms and guttural phonology suddenly starts appearing in Latin script, then things get really complicated. And at the same time very straightforward. Details from Mona Sarkis “Ahlan wa sahlan ‘Arabîzî” – the new trend from Qatar to…