Morocco World News
Fez, March 20, 2012
The University of La Laguna in Tenerife, one of the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands, will hold a series of intensive private lessons to learn Moroccan Arabic between March 21 and March 27.
Those private lessons, 20 hours, will be presented to anyone who wants to learn the basics of Moroccan Arabic, especially social workers, health sector staff, teachers and journalists.
This training session is privately paid for by participants whose number is limited to 30 maximum. Lessons will be given by Professor Jairo Gweru from the University of Cadiz.
In a press statement, Ms Dolores Serrano-Niza, a professor at the Department of Arabic Language Philology and Moroccan Arabic private lessons session supervisor, explained that “this initiative came as a result of the excessive requests the university have been receiving to teach Moroccan Arabic.”
She also stressed “the importance of teaching and learning Moroccan Arabic in the Canary Islands, taking into consideration the close geographic distance, and the historical and commercial ties between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Canary Islands.”
This session is considered the first to be held at the University of La Laguna. Organizers see this initiative as an opportunity to call for the educational institutions to promote Moroccan Arabic through teaching for its importance in enhancing business activities between the kingdom and the islands.
The University of San Fernando de la Laguna is the oldest and most prestigious university in the Canary Islands. It was established as a center for advanced studies in 1701. Then, it witnessed different re-arrangements due to political issues until 1927 when it was established as the official Spanish Universidad of La Laguna, as it is called today.
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