Diagnosis of the Status of Arabic Language Instruction & Possible Solutions

Name of the Presenter : Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure

Organisation : International School Services (ISS)

Contact : Hanada@arabexpertise.com

Targeted audience : Arabic language teachers, administrators and policy makers

Description of the session : The importance of applying modern methodologies to the teaching of Arabic language has become increasingly more apparent in light of dismaying international Arabic literacy results (PIRLS) and anecdotal observations of Arabic language classrooms across the Arab world.  Arabic language education issues range from weak teacher preparation and training to an acute lack of resources, absence of a professional learning community that can scaffold the careers of Arabic language teachers and absence of a regional academic body in charge of setting educational guidelines and standards.  This session will discuss those issues and the possible solutions that need to be addressed in Arabic language literacy reform. 

About the Presenter : Dr. Hanada Taha is currently Associate Dean of Bahrain Teachers' College at the University of Bahrain.  Previous to that she was the director of Arabic programs at the Language Acquisition Resource Center at the San Diego State University in California, USA.  Dr. Hanada has taught Arabic language to native and non-native speakers in countries such as Lebanon, Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America for the past twenty years.  Dr. Taha-Thomure has trained thousands of Arabic language teachers, trainers and ministry officials.  Dr. Hanada is currently involved in foundational work developing the first ever series of standards based Arabic language programs for the ISS and first Arabic literacy coaching program.