Arabic Certificate Course


This course provides a foundation in up-to-date methods for teaching Arabic.

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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. 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

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 course at a later stage. 

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.

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.

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 guidelines for mentors to assist them in carrying out their role.

Taught sessions

This course will not be running in 2020 - 2021.

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If you have specific questions about the course, please contact Teachers' Centre.

How to Apply

Entry 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)



To start your application, you need to provide a Reference from your Headteacher supporting your application (including their commitment to identify a school-based mentor) and a 500-word Reflective Report entitled ‘Teaching in my school: personal reflections’. There are only a few places left on the course and you can now apply online by completing our Reference from Headteacher and 500 word reflective report forms.


The course fee is £700

Funding: with the support of Qatar Foundation International we are able to provide once again a number of bursaries to help with fees (£550) plus a travel grant (£100) for applicants from outside London. Successful applicants will be invited to apply for funding once they have been offered a place on the course. Funding is limited and allocated on a first come first served basis to successful applicants.


If your application is successful, you will be asked to enrol and pay for the course fees. 
This course will only run with a minimum of 15 people and a maximum of 20 people.
Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and are only definite once your enrolment is complete.
We also advise applicants to communicate by email rather than post at all times.