An-Najah National University

Prof. Rami W. Hamdallah


  • Wednesday, November 26, 2008
  • The Role of Universities as a Challenge and Opportunity for Intercultural Dialogue in Today's World
  • Published at:Mic Conference
  • In an epoch that has often been defined by its civilizational differences this conference is a clear reminder that there are many of us out there that seek to endorse proactive solutions to an unnecessary problem.
    It is with this that 'Intercultural Dialogue' has become the obvious approach to help remove both real and ideological barriers in the contemporary world. It is a term that suggests openness, far greater than that of the globally pronounced 'multiculturalism' which has seemingly floundered by reinvigorating the social divisions it had tried to exclude. Most importantly it offers a sense of practicality to building relationships that goes beyond the rhetoricised notion of 'building bridges' as it is a means rather than just an end.
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  • Tuesday, September 26, 2006
  • The Euro-Mediterranean Integration Process and Palestinian Higher Education: The Case of An-Najah National University
  • Published at:The Latium University system within the integration process between the two shores of the Mediterranean, September 26, 2006
  • On behalf of An-Najah National University, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to (name of university or organization) for hosting this conference and to thank all of those who worked to organize this important gathering of educators and intellectuals. Special thanks are due to UNIMED Board and Staff and to all of the members of this vital network of universities.
    The discussion of the Euro-Mediterranean integration process takes on special importance more than ever before, particularly at this stage in history due to the fact that the forces of divisiveness and fragmentation globally and regionally, have not lost impetus but on the contrary have gained more momentum especially in our region of the eastern Mediterranean.
    We certainly share the responsibility for the failure or success of the different suggested schemes of integration. Indeed, this is not the time for apathy or negativity; we have to act fervently and unite our efforts to achieve a better f
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  • Friday, January 1, 1999
  • To Use or Not to Use Arabic in English Language Teaching
  • Published at:An-Najah University Journal for Research, Vol. 13, No. 1, (1999) 285-296
  • This paper discusses one of the most controversial issues in English language teaching, namely, the use of L1, in this case, Arabic, in teaching English as a foreign language. It first reviews the role of Ll in some major language teaching methods. The paper then presents the rationale for using L 1 in English language teaching. This includes motivation, psychological effects, and the influence of L1 on second language acquisition. The paper concludes by presenting empirical evidence from a field study conducted by Tushyeh (1990) in which Arab teachers of English indicate the extent to which they use L 1, Arabic, in teaching English as a foreign language. 
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  • Thursday, January 1, 1998
  • Problems and Approaches to Translation with Special Reference to Arabic
  • Published at:J. King Saud Univ., Vol. 10, Lang. & Transl., pp. 23-38 (A.H. 1418/1998)
  • This paper addresses the issue of translation in t m of the following: Translation and interpretation, translation and EFL, the skills of the professional translators, the difficulties of translation from and into Arabic, translation and Arabization and translators and the job market. Suggestions are offered for the teaching of translation. The paper presents the reader with practical examples of translation problems facing Arabic-speaking translator trainees at the college level. The role of using translation in EFL classrooms is discussed and the merits and demerits of this approach in EFL teaching are explained. 
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  • Thursday, January 1, 1998
  • A Contrastive Analysis of English and Arabic in Relativization
  • Published at:Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics 34, 1998 pp. 141-152
  • Relative clause formation in English and Modem Standard Arabic (henceforth MSA) appears to be similar in many constructions; however, there are certain aspects which are distinct. In this paper, a contrastive analysis will be undertaken to investigate points of comparison and contrast between relativization in English on the one hand and relativization in MSA on the other. The following major areas will be covered: relative clause formation, relative pronouns, resumptive pronouns, restrictive and nonrestrictive relative clauses, nominal and verbal relative clauses, subject and object relative clauses, free I headless relative clauses, embedding and its types, and finally, the Noun Phrase Accessibility Hierarchy of Keenan and Comrie (1977) in relation to relativization in both English and MSA.
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Prof. Rami Walid Kamel Hamdallah
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