Lifelong Learning Centre

A year of Arabic

Posted on Monday, 18 August 2014 at 10am
by Greg Elliott. See more of my posts here.
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As part of the Lifelong Learning Centre’s commitment to providing educational opportunities for people in the local community we have, since our inception, delivered a range of short courses in the area of Arabic and Islamic Studies. Over the years we have earned a reputation for the high quality of our teaching on courses delivered in community settings and, more recently, on the University campus.

In the academic year 2013-14 we have delivered four short courses in Arabic at three different levels – Beginners, Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate. In addition, as part of our 2014 Spring into Summer programme we delivered a fourth level – Conversational Arabic – to which a number of people who had studied with us earlier in the year progressed.

These courses have welcomed anyone interested in learning the language, University students and staff as well as members of the public. Our students were taught this year by LLC tutor Ruba Khamam and Arabic and Islamic Studies Programme Manager Samar Al-Afandi and had the opportunity to develop the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in a balanced and integrated way and within a friendly environment. In addition, they explored some aspects of Arabic culture.

Learning a new language is always fascinating and on our short courses in Arabic the learning is made fun through the use of interactive audio-visual materials. With its unfamiliar sounds and script and right-to-left format, learning Arabic is a particularly thrilling challenge and the feedback from those who took courses with us this year has been highly positive. Here are a few of the comments we have received:

The teaching was of a high standard. The tutor was incredible. I enjoyed it very much

Please continue this course. It is very beneficial. The tutor is very knowledgeable

Excellent course – the teacher was very good and clear in her explanation of the course material

We are currently planning our provision for the new academic year 2014-15 and will add the details to our short courses webpage as soon as these are confirmed.

Categories: Islamic Studies