In the beginning of the 1980s, the Swedish Government started to teach Surayt at Swedish schools in the frame of “mother-tongue education” regulations. For this purpose, a project has been established at the National Swedish Institute for Teaching Material (SIL) to develop and produce teaching and educational material in Surayt. The staff of this project is under the supervision of Dr. Yusuf Ishak, who developed a new Roman-based Surayt alphabet and published a grammar, a dictionary, several schoolbooks, and instruction material.
Otto Jastrow’s Lehrbuch der Ṭuroyo-Sprache (Semitica Viva 2. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1992) is still the only scientific comprehensive textbook for learning Surayt. In the last decade, the following textbooks on Surayt have been published in different European countries:
Published simultaneously in all of the primary languages of the countries in which Syriacs reside, it is hoped that Šlomo Surayt will reach out to a worldwide audience of Surayt speakers and new learners from any community. It aims at instilling a new sense of language identity in second and third generation Surayt speakers all over the world and at motivating and encouraging them to improve their command of their ancestral mother tongue.
An academic bibliography of Surayt and a list of publications in Surayt can be found in the Appendix-I.