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Arabic Faculty Receive Grants from Qatar Foundation International

Posted: June 5, 2013
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Mahmoud al-Batal and Laila Familiar have each received a grant from Qatar Foundation International to support new intiatives in Arabic language learning.

Due to a growing interest in teaching Arabic culture and intercultural competence, Laila Familiar and a group of UT students embarked in developing a website aimed at making available to teachers of Arabic engaging pedagogical materials that combine open source audiovisuals with other forms of text and a wide variety of activities at the K-12 and university levels. The developers are enthusiastic to have received a grant from Qatar Foundation International, because it will speed up the process of giving life to an online pedagogical tool that will serve a large community of teachers of Arabic as a foreign language in the US.

Under the leadership of Mahmoud al-Batal, the Arabic Flagship Program will assist Pflugerville Independent School District in establishing a K-12 Arabic language program. Grants will be used to support the certification of teachers in Arabic language education, and to support the program in its early years. As a criticial needs language for government and military service, as well as one of the official languages of the U.N. and the language of a rich cultural heritage, Arabic language learning is on the rise throughout the U.S., at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels. Working closely with one of the top-ranked Arabic programs in the United States will give Pflugerville ISD students the opportunity to boost their language credentials while still in high school.

Congratulations to Laila and Mahmoud!

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