Learning the language through various new and creative methods and techniques including music which has a long-lasting effect on students
I am an Arabic teacher and a designer of classroom materials. I use modern learning methods and techniques which make learning alphabets easier and effortless. I have learned new way to get my learners' attention so they are at the centre of the language learning
Muhammad (Mo) Issa
Arabic and Kurdish Translator and Interper
Teacher of Arabic and Kurdish
CIOL career Member
5 Amersham Hill, High Wycombe HP13 6Nq
A qualified teacher and translator, in Arabic, Kurdish and English, with proven ability to translate written documents and act as an interpreter. Multi-skilled and reliable quick-learner. Able to absorb new ideas and information and communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of people across social and professional backgrounds. A track record of demonstrating adaptability and resilience in adversity gained over recent years since leaving Syria. Now looking for an opportunity to work as a translator and interpreter for a successful and ambitious company that offers potential for career development and progression.
• Fluent in verbal and written English up to Masters level
• Native speaker of oral and Modern Standard Arabic, and Kurdish
• Providing oral and written interpretation services
• Personal understanding and practical experience of supporting refugees through the asylum and resettlement process.
• 12 years of teaching and private tuition experience
• Able to use most subtitling and translating software.
September 2017 – present
Gained a Sanctuary Scholarship to study at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) completing an MA in Translation. Worked on short term post-production translation commissions for Entertainment Payroll Services Ltd writing Kurdish and Arabic sub-titles for English films, documentaries, news programmes and chat shows. In addition, supported multiple news agencies as an interpreter translating news items. Work voluntarily as a fundraiser for SOAS speaking at events to potential donors and also support a number of charities as an interpreter for refugees. Involved with VRPS scheme in many areas across the country and is in touch with many organisations and charities concerned with the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the UK. Awarded an MA in translation (merit) in 2018.
September 2016 – September 2017
Settling my wife and two young children, who joined me in the UK in November 2016, into accommodation and schools in High Wycombe. Also completed the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examinations sponsored by the Wycombe Refugee Partnership and Refugee Aid. This was a pre-requisite entrance qualification for the Masters programme. Gained Level 7 in March 2017.
May 2016 – September 2016
Achieved Refugee Status in May 2016 following a Home Office interview after which I gained a National Insurance number and full entitlement to work in the UK. Housed temporarily by the charity Refugees At Home in St Albans, and in Princess Risborough through Wycombe Refugee Partnership.
June 2015 - May 2016
Reached the UK from Syria on 29 June 2015 having travelled overland for over a month and registered legally as an asylum seeker, following due process. Was dispersed to Middlesbrough whilst completing the asylum process. As not permitted to work during this period, volunteered full-time with the Methodist Asylum Project (MAP). This involved accompanying other asylum seekers as an interpreter to interviews, job centres, GP appointments. Collecting and distributing donations of furniture and practical equipment to new arrival refugee families.
September 2011 -May 2015
English teacher at Heretan School, Aleppo, Syria supporting 6-18-year olds.
In addition, ran my own business as an English language tutor to young adults.
September 2008 – summer 2011
Completed Undergraduate Studies in Interpreting and Translation at Damascus University, Syria.
September 2006 – summer 2008
Appointed as a Teaching Assistant at Kobane School, Aleppo (Primary and Middle School)
March 2006 until May 2015
Set up own business as a private language tutor in Aleppo, Syria, which was active until I left the country.
August 2003 – March 2006 Military Service
Conscripted into mandatory National Service with the Syrian Army
September 2000 – July 2003
Studied and completed Diploma in Teaching at the Teacher Training Institute in Aleppo.
September 1993 - June 2000
Full time student at Mazin Dabagh High School, Aleppo, Syria
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