Arabic certificate course


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Course tutors: Sawsan Saffaf and Luma Hameed
Course convenor: Sue Dixon 
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This course, which draws on Goldsmiths’ substantial experience as a provider of professional development for teachers of Arabic, has been developed through a partnership with the British Council and Qatar Foundation UK. It provides a foundation in up-to-date methods for teaching Arabic as a second/foreign language to primary and secondary age learners. To ensure flexibility in meeting individual needs and an ongoing integration of theory and practice, it is based on a blended approach combining face-to-face teaching, supported self-study and classroom observation. Course participants are expected to be well-organised, open to new ideas and to develop a reflective stance towards their professional development.

The course is open to teachers working in the UK in mainstream, independent and community based school contexts, teaching classes of primary and secondary school aged children.

Assessment is based on a portfolio of evidence built up over the course including a report on a classroom project. The course involves 150 hours of learning time and leads to the award of a Goldsmiths’ Certificate with a value of 15 credits at Level 3 of the Higher Education framework. It provides excellent preparation for undertaking a PGCE MFL programme at a later stage.

Course content

The course promotes a reflective, process-based and collaborative approach to professional development integrating theory and practice.  It is based on a combination of lecture workshops, self-study activities and classroom teaching, providing an introduction to:

  • principles of effective second/foreign language teaching and learning with an emphasis on the particular needs of the bilingual community language learner;
  • creating a positive learning environment (ground rules, relationships, rewards and sanctions, involving parents);
  • effective planning which builds insights into the language system and progresses from input and practice to meaningful use;
  • strategies for lively, interactive teaching;
  • developing intercultural understanding and skills and encouraging creativity;
  • catering for different needs in the classroom (differentiation);
  • using textbooks and creating own resources (including E-resources);
  • formative assessment and progression;
  • language learner strategies and developing the independent learner.

Other course elements are a visit to a mainstream school (arranged through the course administrator) and a special project which will be presented at the end of the course. A school based mentor will also observe students teach at least on one occasion during the course.

Assessment will be by portfolio, submitted at the end of the course.

Taught sessions at Goldsmiths

Sessions will run from 11:00 – 16:00 on five Saturdays between February and July 2019 (dates to be confirmed).



Session 1


Session 2

 Teaching session 1 

Session 3

 Teaching session 2 

Session 4

 Teaching session 3 

Session 5

Student presentations, submission of portfolio, course evaluation and plans for professional development

Entrance requirements

Applicants for the course should:

  • be a native speaker of Arabic OR have an A level (or equivalent qualification) in the language;
  • be able to communicate clearly in spoken and written English on matters related to education;
  • be teaching a class of at least 10 primary or secondary school aged students;
  • be teaching in a UK mainstream, independent or community based school context;
  • have the support of their Headteacher to undertake the course (including willingness to arrange for a mentor).

Mentor support is an important element in enabling participants to make maximum progress on the course. A mentor is an experienced teacher who will act as a ‘critical friend’. The role of the mentor is to provide, help, advice and encourage reflection, somebody with knowledge and experience to draw upon. We provide mentor training and e-resources to assist mentors in carrying out their role.

How to Apply

You need to provide the following by Friday 14 December 2018:

  • A  Reference from Head Teacher (2019) (Word Download) supporting your application (including their commitment to identify a school based mentor);
  • Evidence of being a native speaker of Arabic (if not stated in Head Teacher's reference) or of having an A-level qualification or equivalent in Arabic (certified signed photocopy of certificate);
  • A 500-word Reflective Report (Word Download) entitled ‘Teaching in my school: personal reflections’.

Fees and Funding

The course fee is £700 and with the support of Qatar Foundation International we are able to provide 20 bursaries of £550 each. Successful applicants will be asked to complete a bursary application form and bursary applications will be considered on the first come first served basis.

Enrolment (Course Code 330021A)

If your application is successful, you will be asked to complete an enrolment form and pay for your share of the course fees. The number of participants on that course is limited to 20 people and it will only run if we have a cohort of at least 16 participants. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Your place on the course (and any bursary you may have been awarded) will not be definite until you return your enrolment form and until you pay for your fees. We also advise applicants to communicate by email rather than post at all times.


Laurence Connor | Course Administrator | teacherscentre (| 020 7919 7326