As part of the Year of Reading 2016
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences organized a ‘Read a Story in 30 Minutes and Keep It’ event, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in the Reading Center (Male Campus) as part of the Year of Reading. Many students and faculty were present.
Mr. Paul Joseph, academic supervisor in the Reading Center, explained that the center was established in 2016 with the aim of giving access to resources, publications and books. This will encourage students to develop creative reading skills and strategies, as well as to develop good reading habits, and prepare them to become better readers.
The event included a collective reading of a short story in order to encourage the students to think creatively for 30 minutes. The students then keep the text for their own library after a discussion about the various themes, characters, the points made by the writer, and also with a degree of reading between the lines.
The Reading Center offers many activities to encourage reading. There is individual counseling for reading, and the center also gives workshops on creative reading and developing new ways of reading through the use of information technology. The Reading Center also provides an electronic library with smart books that enable students to read on tablets and other forms of modern digital communication devices..
The Reading Club organized a workshop, presented by Rayan Abdouly, in which she spoke about the benefits of reading. She presented How to Plan for Your Life by Professor Saleh Al-Rashed.
The United Arab Emirates University is endeavoring to inculcate a culture of reading in the UAE in order to contribute to national development and the dissemination of knowledge.