Presentation of ICESCO’s initiative
“Learn Arabic, Master it at Home”
As part of the “ICESCO Digital Home” initiative, launched by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) to mitigate the effects of the continued closure of schools and universities due to the spread of the coronavirus, the digital educational programme “Learn Arabic, Master it at Home”, launched by ICESCO Center of Arabic for non-Arabic Speakers and the Center of Information, Documentation and Publishing (CIDP), in cooperation with Granada Editions, constitutes one of the comprehensive digital educational programmes in the field of teaching Arabic for its non-native speakers that is produced in different formats. The programme, which is free and open source, is accessible to all students of Arabic all over the world whose mother language is not Arabic.
Broadcast in the form of video clips on ICESCO YouTube channel, the lessons of Arabic language for its non-native speakers will also be broadcast in audiobook format. Furthermore, a link will be provided on ICESCO’s website www.icesco.org to allow access to a multimedia interactive platform for teaching Arabic for non-Arabic speakers.
“Arabic Online Programme”
of the Saudi Electronic University
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia deploys momentous efforts in the service of Arabic, the language of the Holy Quran, through its spreading and developing its online teaching and learning for its non-native speakers. In this regard, the Kingdom attaches great importance to digital education as it is the future integrated educational mode which provides efficient solutions to the different forms of developmental and educational challenges.
To attain this noble objective and with a view to serving Arabic language learners all over the globe, the Saudi Electronic University (SEU) developed the “Arabic Online Programme”, an integrated educational e-programme for teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers. Powered by the University’s Blackboard Platform, the Programme offers 16-level courses covering the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing in addition to phonetics, vocabulary and composition.
The cultural contents of the Programme were designed in compliance with UNESCO’s universal method based on human and civilizational values and commonalities such as peace, dignity, coexistence, acceptance of the Other, diversity and pluralism. Upon completing the programme made up of 25% of virtual classes and 75% of self-learning sessions, learners obtain a certificate of proficiency of Arabic as a second language. More than 20000 students from 72 countries of the world are now attending the programme.
Out of its desire to spread Arabic, promote its soft power, entrench its positive image, and strengthen its presence through the use of modern technologies, SEU has up to now concluded many service 54 contracts with many universities and interested institutions from all over the world on the use of this Programme in spreading and developing the teaching and learning of Arabic for the interested public.
This unique experience was received with great interest by many universities worldwide, researchers and experts in the field of studying and teaching Arabic and those interested in the preservation of its cultural and civilizational components.