CMU-Q professor delivers keynote address at National Geographic forum, discusses significance of integrating both English and Arabic learning
In a keynote address at a forum on education organized by National Geographic Learning, Dudley Reynolds – a teaching professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), discussed the challenges in constructing an educational system that serves society, operates responsibly and offers an effective curriculum.
In particular, he addressed Qatar’s efforts to design an educational system that serves a diverse population and to strike a balance between educating in English and Arabic. “What we want are students that are all up to par, that can operate on the same level. How we get there may be different,” he said, noting that importing educational systems wholesale from other countries or cultures rarely works.
He emphasized the need to integrate both English and Arabic learning in schools: “We always talk about English or Arabic, as one or the other. But English should not develop at the expense of other languages. Speaking other languages and navigating other cultures is crucial to success now. Every day in the Gulf, people process multiple languages and integrate them into daily conversations. Why not in the educational system?”