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Saturday, April 30 • 11:15 - 12:00
Can the orality of Arab culture explain poor reading habits among Arabs? LIMITED

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The UAE declared 2016 as the year of Reading. The goal of this initative is to create a generation of reading enthusiasts and to enhance cultural capital and knowledge in the UAE. It is often claimed that the majority of Arabs don't consider reading as a part of their daily activities. It is further claimed that even students in the Arab world find reading difficult, unenjoyable and challenging. Some suggest that this lack of reading is caused by the oral nature of classical Arab culture. This talk will engage these read more than what veiwpoints. It will suggest that reading, learning,access to information and knowledge must be approached differently in today's globalized world. It will discuss whether or not reading for today's young generation is still the main source of gaining knowledge. The generational gap that is misleading our assumption will be discussed. The talk will demonstrate that Arabs read more than what satistical data and offical reports suggest. Finally, particular attention will be given to innovative forms of reading as well as bilingual repertoire.

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Afaf Batiaineh

Associate Professor & Arabization Specialist, Zayed University
Afaf Bataineh is an Associate Professor and Arabization Specialist at Zayed University. She received her M.Phil and Ph.D. from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been working in various institutions of higher education in the Gulf Region and abroad for almost 17 years, and taught a wide range of academic subjects. In addition to her academic research which includes Arab language teaching, linguistics, Women's rights and literary... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 11:15 - 12:00

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