Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Arabic Faculty Receive Grants from Qatar Foundation International

Wed, June 5, 2013
Arabic Faculty Receive Grants from Qatar Foundation International

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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