Arabic Culture

Academy of Arabic Language Holds Sessions to On Law of Protecting Arabic language

Amman- The Chairman of the Jordanian Arabic Language Academy, Dr. Khalid Al-Karaki, held a meeting on Sunday evening, attended by Mr. Adnan Al Zu’bi, Mr. Salamah Mahasneh, from the Academy Radio, Dr. Muhannad Mubaidain, Professor of Modern Arab History at the University of Jordan, Mr. Safwan Qudisat from the University of Jordan and Mr. Mohammed Khair Rawashdeh, Media figure and journalist.

Mr. Sameh Al-Mahareek, Director General of the National Microfinance Bank, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Sawair, Director of the Cultural Department at Alrai newspaper and Dr. Duaa Bayatneh, Professor of Arabic Language also attended the meeting.

The Chairman welcomed the attendees and stressed on the need for holding sessions to discuss the law of protecting the Arabic language, to inform the official and private mass media about its articles, and to consult about the cooperation between institutions and the Academy in order to implement it, offer suggestions to enforce it and address the deterioration of the language in various institutions and among the public.

He reviewed the Academy’s development, achievements, publications, conferences, committees, radio and the prizes that it has won.  He also reviewed some articles of the law that oblige ministries, government departments and public and private institutions to use proper language in everything that is published, broadcast and written in all types of mass media and in public and higher education institutions.

The meeting came out with a number of recommendations, the most important of which are the following:

  1. Increasing the interaction of the Academy with people as the Arabic language is the most important component of the Jordanian people and the cultural vessel of the nation, and calling for its development from the inside because it is the way through which we access cultures of others.
  2. Address daily challenges facing language, and resist violations it suffers through modern social media and video channels, most notably YouTube.
  3. The task of enforcing the law is a very enlightening task, so partnerships with newspapers should be built in the form of signing memorandums of understanding to write articles on the Academy and the law on a daily or weekly basis.
  4. Determining a day, a week or a month for the language and coordinating with the concerned bodies, radio and television channels, students and the media, and arrange the technical and legal aspects necessary for that.
  5. Launching media campaigns under attractive names such as “our language is our identity” in radio stations and channels to be broadcast continuously in the form of breaks between programs calling for speaking in proper language and stressing its importance and the importance of implementing the law, especially in TV channels broadcasting programs to empower the society and establish its culture which managed to create effective programs and reach a large audience in a short period of time.
  6. Launching a communication campaign through the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to broadcast short messages to raise awareness of the language and its importance being the identity of the nation.
  7. Taking care of the artistic direction provided by the Academy radio to be more attractive, especially if broadcast through social media platforms.
  8. Achieving a balance between functional and academic aspects in all that the Academy offers and avoid inactivity through using ways that are most accessible by the public.
  9. Reliance on active energies in the society and trust and motivate them with valuable rewards. 
  10. Establishing twinning relations with some universities that are concerned with the technological and technical aspects in order to developing Arabic language computing.
  11. Broadcasting programs in radio and television channels in which national and linguistic figures appear to talk about the language and the Academy and its achievements, especially with regard to the law of protecting the language.
  12. Launching more competitions through which we can reach students, such as school poetry festival, university novel and others.
  13. Allocating semi-weekly pages in our official newspapers to raise awareness of the law and the achievements of the Academy.
  14. Holding a meeting with media institutions to study effective mechanisms in this regard.
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