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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

12 June 2020
Saussan Khalil is featured in an article in Middle East Eye about how a handful of teachers are pioneering new ways of teaching children to read the formal standard Arabic used to write children’s books and which is so distinct from their spoken tongue.

Reading to children should not be a chore. But the pleasure a child gets from a book is lost if they do not understand the language.

It’s a problem faced by parents worldwide, not least in Arabic, where children’s books are written in a formal standard so distinct from their spoken tongue.

However, as Nashwa Gowanlock reports in Middle East Eye, a handful of pioneers are now making headway.