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Backwards and Twisted: The Unique Challenge of English for Arabic Speakers

Any teacher will tell you that English is a difficult language to learn. The hodgepodge of linguistic influences, acquired words, and exceptions to the rule make it frustrating to any new speaker. But at least for native French, German, or Spanish speakers, they start from the common foundation of the Latin alphabet and a similar phonetic system.   Arabic, on the other hand, is a Semitic language with a distinctive grammatical, phonetic, and written style. Apart from the obvious differences in alphabet and direction of writing, Arabic has a number of letters and sounds with no obvious counterpart in the Continue reading…

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Rawan Musameh: An International Inspiration

TYO took the time to sit with and interview Rawan Musameh, a STEP! II Intern. How did you initially hear about TYO? I first heard about Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) from their Facebook page. I had long-admired TYO’s work but was never able to intern or volunteer with the organization given my busy schedule at an-Najah University. I have always been very interested in community-based work and have had a particular interest in working with women and girls to help facilitate their empowerment. A few months ago, I applied for an internship position and soon after that, I was interviewed. Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 10

Since I started at TYO, my personality has changed and I have grown a lot. The growth has all be positive- I have developed a sense of personal responsibility and responsibility for others. This growth and these changes make TYO like a second home. It is a place I have grown up, in a way. I was here so much as a volunteer and am here so much as an intern, I see the people who work at TYO more than my own parents! I have learned things here that I have learned nowhere else. منذ انضمامي لمظمة شباب الغد Continue reading…

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Khadija Shorfa: Small Steps Today for Big Dreams Tomorrow

Khadija Shorfa is from Beita, a small town outside of Nablus. She graduated from An-Najah University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology. Being a part of the STEP! II EFL program is the first time she has been a part of TYO. What motivated you to sign up for TYO’s EFL classes? I joined the EFL program at TYO because my English needs to be improved. In the English classes at public school, the curriculum was ok and my grades were high. Once I finished high school and started to study psychology at the university, all Continue reading…

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Samer Makhlouf: Rising to the Challenge

Born in Nablus, Samer is a 21 year old accounting student at Al-Quds University. He worked in a clothing factory to support his education, but decided to volunteer. He believed that volunteering would assist him more in finding the right career after graduation by developing communication, leadership, teamwork skills.  He joined TYO as a volunteer with the Core program and with international interns for 2 years. In addition to continuing his education at Al-Quds, he participates in the EFL classes offered through STEP! II. What has been your experience learning English before, in school and in university? English was a Continue reading…

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Suzan Afaneh: A Palestinian Success Story

Suzan Afaneh is a 26 year old graduate from An-Najah University with a Marketing degree. Originally from Azmout Village outside Nablus, Susan has been a volunteer with TYO in the Core Early Childhood Program for one session. After graduation, she worked several jobs as a salesperson, but did not enjoy this type of work. She says she felt something missing from her life and from her personality that kept her from being a success in her career. It was a miserable experience for her and she felt disappointed with herself. She began to search for opportunities that would good for Continue reading…

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Investing in Girls’ Education is Going Green

Why is everyone always so concerned about investing in girls’ education – isn’t education important for boys too? TYO wholeheartedly believes in investing in education for all. Both boys and girls come together in TYO’s classrooms, where they are treated equally by TYO’s staff and volunteers, to learn teamwork and communication skills across gender divides. But girls’ education in particular, is so important. When you educate a girl in Palestine, you are educating the future mothers of tomorrow. And in the West Bank & Gaza, mothers are the primary caregivers in their communities. The more educated a girl is, the better choices she will make for herself Continue reading…

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Benefits From the Inside Out: Language Learning at TYO

Often times, when considering the benefits of learning a new language, we have a tendency to automatically associate its benefits with the impact it can have on one’s professional life, or ability to communicate within day to day interactions with others in a given country, city, town or village. While there is certainly no questioning the positive impacts a new language can have on one’s employability or professional development, social and interpersonal benefits that can come along with the learning process itself can potentially be overlooked. In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that the link between early cognitive Continue reading…

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Language Learning: Breaking Down the Walls of Silence from Within

Learning a second language is not an easy task. It takes dedication, a lot of time, and self-discipline. Linguists have spent many years writing and discussing what are some of the affective factors that are crucial to successful language learning. Motivation has been recognized as a necessary component for successful language learning. More specific than motivation are the differences between external and internal motivation, better known as extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation is the external factor that motivates us. Whereas, internal or intrinsic motivation is the personal factors that make us strive to be better. Intrinsic motivation is the Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 9

I like the one-on-one interactions with the young adults. Most of the volunteers are my age.  I like hearing their ideas and seeing how they are doing – hearing what they have to say about our programs, both positive and negative, so we can make it better.  I like to be right in the middle between the English and Arabic speakers. I really like that in some way or another, even if it’s small, I’m helping out my society. أحب التفاعل الفردي مع الشباب فمعظمهم من نفس عمري . أحب سماع افكارهم وكيف يتعاملون ويتفاعلون أحب سماع ما يريدون قوله Continue reading…