Video 4: Forum for the protection of the Arabic language
This conference took place back in 2016, I’ve added it here just to show that the idea that Arabic needs to “be protected” is still very prevalent among speakers of Arabic. Even though, and as I have said previously, this is not a view shared by many people, scholars and researchers. However, given that language is a unique characteristic, speakers always hold strong ideologies about what constitutes language, how it should be used and whether it is in danger or not. See below, the short 4 minute video that gives an overview:
Added March 2019
Video 3: Dr. Abbas Benmamoun (English)
This video is of a talk by linguist Dr. Abbas Benmamoun who has researched and written extensively about the acquisition and learning of Arabic. More recently he has begun researching the idea of language shift, loss and maintenance of the Arabic language among 2nd generation Arabic speakers (mainly in the US). It’s a great talk he gives some background on language contact and the different kinds of Arabic speakers and Arabics.
Added Jan 2016
Video 2: Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure (Arabic): “My vision for Arabic language”
The second video I am adding is by Dr. Hanada, an expert on Arabic language and lately on language curriculums especially Arabic. In this video she discusses her vision for Arabic, whereby she hopes that Arabic language will be used by its speakers with confidence in their daily lives and not just be a language taught and learned in the classroom. She hopes also that through this confidence in using the Arabic language speakers can also develop and advance in other subjects and in the end for the Arabic speaker to feel that they belong to a culture and a world of exciting literature and language.
Added May 2015
Video 1: Suzanne Talhouk: “Who said if we speak Arabic we are not cool anymore?”
This video I am adding today is by Suzanne Talhouk (founder of Fe’il Amr in Beirut which I’ve written about before here), she was recently invited to talk about her initiative at the TEDxBeirut at the end of last year. The video is in Arabic, hopefully as soon as I have more time I will translate it into English. In the meantime Arabic speakers enjoy!
Added Dec 2013