x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Education experts to discuss ways of improving Arabic tuition

A language conference in Dubai on Sunday will address Arabic and English instruction practices.

DUBAI // More than 500 education experts are due to attend a conference about improving the teaching of Arabic and English.

They are expected to share information and learn about how to use the Common Framework of Reference for Languages, a set of language-learning and assessment standards created by Cambridge English Language Assessment.

The organisation, part of Cambridge University in the UK, provides qualifications for English students and instructors.

The event, on Sunday, comes soon after a report commissioned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, suggested young Emiratis were increasingly using English rather than Arabic.

The report recommended the use of modern textbooks and a more interactive approach to the teaching of Arabic.

Delegates at the conference, which will be held at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), are expected to look at ways to structure the curriculum and education policy at local and national levels.

Dr Tayeb Kamali, the vice chancellor of HCT, said the conference would “demonstrate that the UAE values continuous improvement in teaching and learning, as well as a solid commitment to student learning and to the excellent preparation of graduates for the workforce”.

This is the second conference organised by HCT and Cambridge English Language Assessment. The first was in October 2011.