I am a native Arabic language tutor with over 20 years experience teaching Arabic from absolute beginners to advance level in UK Colleges. I teach adults and children in person and through Skype.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Arabic (Modern / Classical) from complete beginners level, all the way to an advanced level, for both adults and children. Students learn all aspects of the language: reading, writing and speaking (general communication). I apply modern teaching techniques, which make the learning process appealing and enjoyable at each lesson.Recently I did different training with British council and Edexcel training online for New GCSE Arabic language.
I can teach a group as well.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a First Class BSc in Science (Biology) from the University of Baghdad (Iraq) in 1986. I did my basic Adult Education training at Stanmore College (London), and successfully completed the City & Guilds 7307 Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate in 1999.
- How much do you charge?
£35 per hour for general Arabic tuition. . £40 per hour for university Arabic study .I usually offer first lesson is free.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at my home in Haywards heath . I also teach via Skype, and have a good experience with this method (I taught last year an IGCSE student in the Middle East, and currently teach GCSE to six young persons, all via Skype).
- When are you available?
I am available throughout the week and also during weekends.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach a wide range of ages from children to adults, and at different levels (absolute beginners to advanced level).
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
This depends on the objectives of the student in learning Arabic. I can teach and support students to a GCSE level in Arabic.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
As explained above, I have a good experience in teaching via Skype.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have a huge wealth of experience in teaching Arabic to Adults and Children in the UK over a period of nearly 25 years. I started teaching Arabic to children privately (individually and in small groups) in the UK since 1992. I then extended my offering, by teaching adults in one of the Adult Community Colleges in the North of England. I then moved to London, and taught two courses of Arabic at Brent Adult Education Services from 1999 to 2001. During that period, I also completed my basic teaching training at Stanmore College in1999.
I then moved to Sussex and restarted in 2008 my Arabic teaching at Sussex Adult Education Services. I continue to teach there until March 2017, as I am the only Arabic Language Tutor at college. Besides that, I kept my private teaching to adults and children, either in person or through Skype.
My wealth of experience in teaching Arabic is manifested by the following:
1) I use a wide range and varied teaching materials: books; dialogues; MP3 sound files; card games; CDs; computer games; videos; and worksheets. All of these are at different levels – from absolute beginners to advanced learners. I have created and developed some of these materials, while I have carefully selected the others to suit my teaching at different levels.
2) I plan and develop suitable materials to teach individual students, according to their abilities and understanding. I don't just follow one or two text books, or a computer program to teach the language. I create a session plan for each individual lesson, and when I teach a small group of students, I use suitable differentiation methods to cover the different needs of the students. For example, I currently teach two young children (brothers) at different ages and one of them has a disability, so my teaching materials are different to suit each of them, in order to keep both of them enjoy and benefit from the lessons.
3) Teaching students with different abilities and backgrounds, as well as disabled students. For example, I taught a partially blind adult student, as part of a large group, and then individually. She enjoyed the lessons and continued learning Arabic. My students are at different ages; different professions; different backgrounds; and with different objectives to learn Arabic. I currently teach young children under 10 years old; a teenager at GCSE level; several male and female adults (different professions); and a retired lady. This is in addition to my teaching at college.
4) I also teach at different levels. For beginners, I teach them the Arabic letters (pronunciation and writing) and communication skills in different day-to-day topics such as buying food and asking for directions. For the more advanced adult learners, I prepare them to be able to read, listen and understand the news in Arabic as well as reading stories, and debating topics. This gives them a good foundation if they want to work in Arabic speaking countries; work with NGOs where Arabic is required; and conducting business in the Arab world.
5) As a College Tutor, I have gone through several inspections / observations of my teaching. I used the feedback from these inspections to improve my teaching methods, style and materials. The feedback from my last observation session (in October 2016) was excellent, and I got the highest grade for a teaching session. The inspection report was full of positive feedback statements, such as:
The tutor has a very high level of subject knowledge and communicated this in a calm and reassuring manner throughout. There was good rapport between the tutor and students which created a very supportive environment;
Delivery methods were varied and included tutor presentation, use of sound files, handouts, speaking practice with the tutor, pair-work and some students using ICT resources. Tutor spoke clearly and utilised facial expression to good effect to demonstrate subtle differences in long and short vowel sounds. The pace appeared to be appropriate to all and differentiated learning activities enabled students to progress at their own pace. There were frequent opportunities for repetition. Handouts were either dual language (English / Arabic) or dual script (Arabic script / Latin alphabet script);
A range of assessment methods were in evidence including Q&A, quiz sheets and individual conversation between student and tutor in target language. Positive verbal feedback was given by the tutor throughout the session.
The tutor was well aware of the differing starting points of the students and the tutor had devised an excellent range of individual activities concerning Arabic to meet the needs of each learner. (One had matching cards, 2 played snakes and ladders, one had activity on iPad and one an activity on the computer.
All learners were confident to speak in target language during Q and A session;
Very clear differentiation was evident as the range of students was quite wide including absolute beginners alongside at least one student who had some previous knowledge to the extent that he could read/recognise written Arabic.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
• Arabic Adult Education Tutor for over 20 years
• Adult Education Teachers Certificate
• Enhanced CRB check clear
Worood is a patient and thorough teacher; her lessons are personalised, interesting and relevant. As a mature student studying towards GCSE Arabic, I find Worood's lessons to be focused and well-structured, enabling me to correct mistakes and make good progress towards the exam.
Miss Worood is a very professional teacher, knowledgable and informative. Lessons were well structured and clear, and although lessons were online, she was Incredibly warm and encouraging making the lesson enjoyable and leading my child to the top grade. I would definitely recommend her for Arabic GCSE preparation and all kinds of arabic language lessons. Excellent teacher.
Worood is an amazing tutor! There is so much I could say but to keep it simple Worood helped me passed 2 sets of exams with high marks when I had been previously been failing all the exams at university. She works tirelessly for your benefit to ensure that you both improve, but more importantly enjoy studying Arabic (which is not always easy to study). Worood has all the material, exercises and explanations to ensure that you will get the most out of studying Arabic and hopefully go on to use it in later life. I did lessons on skype but also at her house and she was always positive, complimentary and welcoming. Enjoy!
My husband and I had weekly private Arabic lessons with Worood for several months and we enjoyed them very much. We learnt so much, as she combined vocabulary practice, dialogues, writing practice and also lots of cultural knowledge. By the end, we were even doing practice GCSE questions! We would definitely recommend Worood as a tutor.
Worood is a thorough and resourceful teacher, each lesson is carefully prepared and followed up. She is patient and encouraging, an ideal teacher.
Worood is an excellent teacher. The lessons are well planned and she puts a great deal of effort into the lesson content. I would recommend her very highly whether you wish to take formal exams or practice conversational Arabic. She is knowledgable in all the Arabic dialects and MSA and she has helped me a great deal to improve my Arabic.
Very happy with the whole experience of teaching. Worood interjects aspects of Arab Culture into lessons also providing a student with a good grasp of how the language is used throughout the Middle East. She utilises various methods of teaching, including her own material which is tailored to the individual lessons and students objectives.
Sit Warood taught my son and daughter Arabic for GCSE. They have both had excellent results and Sit Warood has been an exceptional teacher. She has consistently gone above and beyond expectations. She has worked with them very hard and has taken a great deal of trouble and effort to ensure they have understood every lesson. I would be happy to recommend Sit Warood to any pupil. She is truly a wonderful teacher.
I had lessons with Miss Worood and I got an A*. She understands exactly what Arabic GCSE is about and what you need to do to get good marks and she explained this to me from the start, which helped me to focus on the important things. She uses helpful activities and is very supportive and understanding of different abilities. I have benefited alot from the lessons and have been able to learn alot especially in writing using correct language and structure.
Arabic lessons with Worood are the best part of my week, I really look forward to them.
Worood has patiently led me through a tailor made teaching programme, with every lesson building on the next; with plenty of opportunity for discussion and revision. Learning is not dependent on memory, it is achieved by application in lessons and this instills confidence.
(Female student aged 52 - Consultant Clinical Psychologist)
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