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Hanada Taha Thomure

Endowed Professor of Arabic Language

Zayed University

Hanada Taha Thomure is the Endowed Professor of Arabic Language at Zayed University, UAE.  Professor Taha Thomure designed the first system for leveling Arabic texts currently used by regional and international publishers to level their Arabic children's books. She developed the Arabic language arts standards currently used by more than 200,000 students. She is the senior author for Pearson's Arabic language Arts K-9, curriculum.  She reviewed the national Arabic curricula for Morocco, KSA, Jordan, UAE, and Bahrain and has been an adviser for Arab Thought Foundation, Queen Rania Foundation, USAID, UNICEF, and World Bank. Professor Taha Thomure's research is in the field of Arabic language teaching and learning, oral reading fluency, Arabic children's literature, and Arabic teacher preparation and curriculum design.


31 October, 2023 | 16:00 to 16:20
Rethinking Arabic Language Teaching and Learning

Due to political, economic and socio-cultural circumstances, research on Arabic language teaching and learning has been lagging behind. This has led to a series of ineffective and stubborn recycling of old ideas in Arabic pedagogy that resulted in below average student performance on international Arabic literacy tests. However, recent results of research studies utilizing the use of Functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) and Electroencephalography (EEG) to understand how languages are learned and how the brain can process different languages are promising a new dawn for language teaching and learning. This session will explore the practical implications of the Science of Reading research available on Arabic language teaching and learning and will leave the participants with ideas on how to reengineer the field of Arabic language teaching & learning with examples from a leading curriculum in that regard: BilArabi.