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Reading to children between two worlds:”the Nerdy Spy” as an example.

The ALHOSN Reading Club hosted the promising writer Khaled Luay , to discuss his new story " The  Nerdy Spy " written in  both Arabic and English . In attendance were Prof. Munther Talal Momany Vice Chancellor & CEO of ALHOSN University, Dr. Mohammed Saeed El Naby Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and supervisor of the Reading Club, Prof. Hassan Mustafa Head of the English Department,  Dr. Ahmed Al Mahmoud Head of the Mathematics Department, Dr. Radia  Benzehra  Assistant Professor of English, and Mr. Mongi Baratli  Executive Director of the Office of the Vice Chancellor. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Walid Akko from the University of the Sorbonne in Abu Dhabi, and Mr. Khalid  bin Kaka editor of Al Ilam Wal Asr, as well as a number of university students from different departments .
The meeting focused on writing for children in the Arab world, and its purported role in the guidance of children, as opposed to the role of writing in the Western world where the objective is pleasure and entertainment more than guidance and counseling which in its turn makes reading more popular for works in English.
Khaled Luay emphasized that books for children are few and books geared for teenagers less prevalent in the Arab world, which leads teenagers to read English books, or translated world novels, the content, culture and objectives of which differ completely from those of the Arab world.  Some adolescents may even resort to reading books for adults, and this stresses the urgent need for authoring and writing in Arabic for children and adolescents.
Various issues have been debated by the audience from the decline of the reading rate and its causes, the role to be played by the family, school and community to encourage young people to read, to the role of technology in reducing the desire to read traditional paper books, and the difficulty of translating literary works because of differences in culture and content.
At the end of the meeting, Prof. Munther Talal Momany presented an ALHOSN crystal logo to the creative writer Khalid Luay in appreciation and encouragement to his talent and Dr Mohamed Saeed Hasab El Naby also gave him a Certificate of Appreciation for his fruitful contribution to the activities of the Reading Club.


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