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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

07 October 2021
As part of their Humanities Innovation Week, Cambridge Enterprise have awarded Saussan Khalil a grant to support her language learning project which placed second in the competition.

Despite Arabic being an official UN language spoken by 400million people worldwide, and the proliferation of language-learning apps and websites such as Duolingo and Rosetta Stone, Arabic has been lagging behind. It was introduced on Duolingo only after 36 other languages were already available on the app and both it and Rosetta Stone assume learners have mastered the script, one of the initial hurdles to learning Arabic. Families looking for language learning apps for their children, whether to master the script for reading or to develop their speaking skills, are unable to find what they are looking for. This project will build on the success of the novel Arabic phonics method developed by Saussan and bring it to a wider market through the development of a game-based app for young learners.