Welcome to Open Education Week 2019!

March 4-8, 2019 is Open Education Week, an international event to build awareness of open education and show its impact on teaching and learning. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness.* Read below to learn how to get involved during Open Ed Week.

From MSA to CA: A Beginner’s Guide for Transitioning into Colloquial Arabic

Editors note: This is a guest blog post by Lina Gomaa, Arabic Instructor in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University, about the Creative Commons-licensed textbook she wrote, From MSA to CA: A Beginner’s Guide for Transitioning into Colloquial Arabic. 

Skype Translator now supports Arabic

Skype Translator, the real time feature that translates spoken language into written text during a Skype call, added Arabic as its latest supported language. This brings the total of supported spoken languages up to eight: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian) and Arabic. On top of that Skype supports translation of written text in 50 languages which makes it a great tool for language teaching.

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Wikispeech: How Wikipedia will learn to Talk to You

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, has partnered with the swedish KTH (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan) Royal Institute of Technology to develop a crowdsourced speech engine for visually impaired users.
By September 2017 people with reading difficulty or visual impairment will be able to access Wikipedia and get articles read in a Swedish, English, and an Arabic voice.

Learn Arabic online with ArabiCollege

With more and more developing countries having high speed access to the internet and joining the mobile revolution, Arabic in particular has benefited from the trend and seen a sharp increase in use on the net.

Arabic is the Fastest Growing Language on the Internet

arabic fastest growing languages on the internet
And by fast I mean really fast. In the past 10 years the use of Arabic on the Internet grew by an impressive 2500%. Whereas in the year 2000 only 2 million Arabic-speaking users surfed the world wide web, in 2011 there were 65 million of them. And with an estimated 280 million speakers of Arabic as their first language there is still room for growth.

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