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Previous Teaching Material for Surayt

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: 

Jan Beṯ-Sawoce: Svensk-nyvästsyrisk Lärobok - Swedi-Şurayt [Ţuroyo], Södertälje: Nsibin 2008. (Based on: Jastrow Otto, Lehrbuch der Ṭuroyo-Sprache).
Ishaq, Yusuf (ed.): Toxu Qorena. Stockholm: Skolöverstyrelsen, 1983-1990.
Isler, Özcan: Surayt. Lešono Emhoyo Suryoyo. Modern Syriac Dialect of Turabdin. Dialogs, Phrases, Grammar & Dictionary, 2011.
Murat Can: Toxu Yёlfina Surayt. Laten we Surayt leren. Glane-Losser: Bar Hebraeus Verlag 2014.
Mikael Oez: Modern Aramaic in Practice. Modern Aramaic Press 2014.
Sami Ucel: Ṯuroyo. Der syrisch-aramäische Dialekt von Turabdin. Wien: Selbstverlag 2015.
These publications, primarily aimed at native learners of Surayt, have raised great awareness about this endangered language and contributed to its development. Apart from these attempts, Šlomo Surayt is the first online course, which integrates the latest IT tools in language learning. It proposes a unified standard for the language, which is based on scholarly research and it aims at a broad acceptance within the speaker community. In order to address the needs of the target groups the course is provided in both the Syriac alphabet and the Latin alphabet, using both writing systems side by side. In the presentation of the course, modern didactic methods have been used, including complete sound files, in order to make language learning a pleasure.

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.