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Sep 01, 2017 Author: sharekcentre
Sharek Centre’s storytelling competition 

We are very excited to tell you that we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response to our competition to tell a traditional Arabic story. We’ve had so many entries from all over the Arabic speaking world and we’ll be announcing a winner soon. But before we do that we’d like to give you a taster of the range of stories we’ve received through a series of blog posts.

It’s going to be really hard to decide who will be the lucky person who will be invited to perform the story live at our conference in London in November. I personally got so much out of watching all the videos of the performances. I could almost feel the heat surrounding the characters as they appeared like a mirage, riding their camels out of my computer screen, and travelling through time to tell me all the tales and adventures they have been through.

The great thing about some of these traditional stories is that have never been published before but have been passed down through generations. We’ve also received stories that have been especially written for this competition by Arabic writers. All the stories we received represent Arabic culture, values and morals.  As promised, some of them will be included in our materials and will be published in a book for teaching Arabic language. This will be free downloadable resource for Arabic teachers and learners around the world.

Here’s just one of the great performances we’ve received, performed brilliantly by Yasmin Naser Altokhy from Egypt. We’ll be sharing more of them soon on our youtube channel.

And if you’re a learner of Arabic and you’re interested in stories and storytelling, you might like to check out our Sharek Special course, starting in late September – Arabic through stories 

The storytelling performance will be just one of many inspiring sessions at our international conference – Creativity in the teaching and learning of Arabic language: future directions. (more information available here)


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