In Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 3rd May the United Arab Emirates announced a ten-year National Policy for Reading backed by a Dh100 million fund to encourage the habit of reading among a range of age groups. This is a fantastic government endorsement of the enormous value of reading, in a part of the world where, as research has shown, reading is not a traditional pastime. A comment made on this article states how important reading is for the preservation of the mother tongue, as well as for learning languages such as English. To read the article click on:
UAE government reading policy
The Extensive Reading Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organization whose purpose is to support and promote extensive reading. One Foundation initiative is the annual Language Learner Literature Award for the best new works in English. Another is maintaining a bibliography of research on extensive reading. The Foundation is also interested in helping educational institutions set up extensive reading programs through grants that fund the purchase of books and other reading material.
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