Abu Dhabi introduces online courses in teaching Arabic to expats

Published:  19 Dec at 6 PM
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In a bid to integrate expats into the Abu Dhabi community, the skills necessary to teach Arabic as a foreign language are to be offered online to Emirati teachers.

During his speech at the initial meeting of the Abu Dhabi Forum for Teaching Arabic to Speakers of Other Languages, Dr Nidal al Tunaji told the media that the Zayed House for Islamic Culture is working on an online course to help those teaching Arabic to expats. Zayed House operates several language schools where Arabic is taught, and the online courses are expected to raise the level of success of the teachers involved.

Al Tunaji believes that learning the Arabic language will help non-Emiratis to better understand the culture of the state, as well as strengthening Emirati identity. The international forum, held in the capital, involves researchers, university professors and experts from 15 countries, and aims to strengthen the region’s culture as well as integrating the language in the UAE’s governmental sector.

The ultimate aim is to have all internal public sector communications, both written and spoken, in Arabic as the official language. According to Dr Sa’el Shadid, the UAE has a diverse population with a multitude of nationals from many countries interacting with each other, making it essential that the Western and Eastern cultures complement each other.
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