The Institute for the Arabic Language of "Zayed University" will host a conference on teaching Arabic language in higher education institutions, on March 9th, 2016, at the University’s branch in Dubai, in order to enhance the status of Arabic language as an important part of the UAE national identity. The conference will review the various efforts and experiences in the development of curricula and methods applied in teaching Arabic language in the Arab universities, and will discuss the scientific requirements and international standards to improve the efficiency of teaching Arabic language. An elite group of academics, intellectuals, and experts in the field of teaching Arabic in higher education institutions within the State is going to participate in the conference, as well as many universities in the Arab world. The themes of the conference focus on several issues, most notably; methods of teaching and evaluation of the Arabic language courses in higher education institutions, the reality and problems of teaching Arabic at those institutions, entrances and new visions for specialists and non-specialists, and challenges faced by the Arabic language in the age of social networking. His Excellency Dr. Reyadh AlMehaideb, Vice President of Zayed University, said that the conference comes from the role of Zayed University in paying attention to the Arabic language, as it is an essential component of culture and national identity, and one of Zayed University’s outputs, which seeks to produce graduates proficient in Arabic and English to deal with the requirements of modern life, while preserving the national identity and contributing to the Arabization and localization of modern applications within our environment and culture. The organizing committee of the conference announced the start of receipt of abstracts for those wishing to participate, which can be sent through the Website of Zayed University and via e-mail. A number of events will be held on the sidelines of the conference in cooperation with some parties within the State to publicize its activities and roles in teaching Arabic language, and display models of successful experiences in this area.
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