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.
I can teach a group as well. I charge:
£30 per hour for one student. £ 35 per hour for GCSE student.
£40 per hour for a group of two students.
£45 per hour for a group of three students.
£ 52 per hour for a group of four students.
- 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?
£30 per hour for general Arabic tuition. £35 per hour for GCSE Arabic. £35 per hour for university Arabic study .I usually offer a free initial 10 to 15 minute assessment session.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at my home in Haywards heath but can also travel to the student's home in Sussex and London (travel expenses to be discussed). 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). I usually offer a free initial 10 to 15 minute trial session for assessment purposes and to make sure the student is happy with teaching via Skype.
- When are you available?
I am available throughout the week and also during weekends. Skype lessons are usually carried out in the evenings and during the 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. I offer a free initial 10 to 15 minute trial session for assessment purposes and to make sure the student is happy with 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:
â€œThe 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 environmentâ€;
â€œDelivery 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)â€;
â€œA 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.)â€;
â€œAll learners were confident to speak in target language during Q and A sessionsâ€;
â€œVery 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 Arabicâ€.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
• Arabic Adult Education Tutor for over 15 years
• Adult Education Teachers Certificate
• Enhanced CRB check clear
• Institute for Learning Member from 2008
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)
In the past I have always struggled to learn new languages and felt defeated, but I always leave Worood's lessons feeling I have mastered something new.
I am learning all elements of Arabic - speaking, reading and writing - it is a beautiful language.
(Female student aged 52 - Consultant Clinical Psychologist)
Worood has helped me develop both my Arabic writing and speaking proficiency. She is always thoroughly prepared and uses a variety of resources that make her lessons comprehensively structured and engaging. Thanks to her teaching and constructive feedback on my written work, I am more confident holding conversations with Arabic speakers and feel well prepared for my upcoming IGCSE examinations.
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