Cambridge IGCSE Arabic is designed for learners who are learning Arabic as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies. [reference : www.cie.org.uk]
Students not already registered with their schools and colleges but planning to sit for the IGCSE examinations should independently register with Cambridge International Examinations. It’s not Cambridge Islamic College’s responsibility to register students for the Cambridge International Examinations. Cambridge Islamic College is merely offering a comprehensive set of lectures to support and prepare students planning to sit for the Cambridge IGCSE Arabic-Foreign Language (0544) examinations.
Why study Arabic?
A recent research done by the British Council, and was submitted as part of its advice to the British government, rated Arabic as the second most important language that all children in Britain, and indeed in other non-Arabic speaking countries, should be taught as essential to the long-term economic and cultural prosperity of the UK and other nations.
For Muslims, Arabic is the key to unlock the message and teachings of the Qurʾān, ḥadīth, their classical commentaries, and classical texts on Islamic law and theology.
Arabic is also one of the official languages of the United Nations. Similarly, other global agencies also recognise Arabic as an international language. For students wishing to study for any degree at Britain’s top universities, Arabic is classified as one of the most important List A subjects that students should do and pass at school in order to be admitted into a top British university. This is based on the recognition that Arabic is the key to understanding some of the world’s greatest civilisations and intellectual traditions. For example, the important texts written by the ancient Greeks in subjects such as medicine, philosophy, mathematics, rhetoric, physics, to mention only these few, were transmitted to the modern Western world through the medium of Arabic translations and commentaries produced between the 8th and 10th centuries in Iraq. Mathematical terms such as Algebra and Algorithm come from Arabic.
Similarly, the history and development of subjects such as medicine, engineering, astronomy, physics, and optics were strongly influenced by medieval scientists who wrote and disseminated their science in Arabic.
What career opportunities are there for students of Arabic?
For those wishing to go and specialise in Arabic at degree level, Arabic is a golden key to a wide range of career opportunities. The study of Arabic is an important preparation for employment in state and local government, foreign office, journalism, media and broadcasting, teaching, academia, religious organisations, NGOs and other social agencies, security and intelligence services, the law, business and finance. Arabic was listed as the second most sought after language, and one of the best languages to study for job purposes. There is a huge demand for graduates with Arabic language skills.
For students wishing to do some of the College’s courses in the field of Islamic sciences, classical Arabic texts, balāgha, advanced Arabic, among others, this IGCSE programme is an important route and preparation.
Teaching is based on the CAMBRIDGE IGCSE Arabic curriculum.Cambridge International Examinations describes the syllabus as one “designed for learners who are learning Arabic as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.”
“The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of countries where Arabic is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of foreign languages.”
Students who apply for this programme will also benefit from additional training in Arabic grammar provided by one of the college’s specialists and authors in the field of Arabic grammar. This training is not offered anywhere else in the UK.
Dr Zoulaikha Taoufik holds a Ph.D. in Islamic studies from Mohammed V University (Rabat,
Morocco). She has more than 20 years’ experience teaching Arabic language to native and non-native speakers. Her expertise in teaching Arabic has been strengthened and deepened, not only by teaching the language, but also by teaching various related subjects, which requires a high level of mastery of Arabic, such as Ulum Al Hadith (with all its branches), Asserah N’nabawiyyah (Biography of the Prophet, SAW), and Quran Recitation according to the proper rules of Tajweed, Memorization and Explanatory meanings (Tafseer).
She has, consistently, met high standards in teaching Arabic grammar by implementing new methods that have been developed based on scientific / linguistic strategies. She has successfully, implemented a modified version of “TPRS” or “Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Story-telling” in teaching Arabic as a foreign language. She has also Written Arabic poems, Anaasheed and plays to make both learning and teaching Arabic enjoyable and effective.
How are the classes delivered ?
All classes are delivered online. Students can attend these classes online from anywhere in the world from the comfort of their homes.
Start Date : Post Ramadan 2018
Registration By : 20th of June 2018
- Duration – 24 months (72 weeks)
- One lesson per week during Term time
- Each Lecture – 2 hours in duration
- Live lectures – Every Monday 5:00pm to 7:00pm (Online worldwide)
- Lecture Recordings available for revision for full year
- 144 hours of lectures
- Assignments & Feedback
Term 1 – 2nd July 2018
Term 2 – 29th October 2018
Term 3 – 4th March 2019
Term 1 – Summer term 2018
2nd July to 8th Oct 2018
Half term: 6th Aug to 10th Sept 2018
Duration : 10 weeks
Term 2 – Autumn term 2018
29th Oct 2018 to 18th Feb 2019
Half term: 17th Dec 2018 to 7th Jan 2019
Duration : 14 weeks
Term 3 – Spring term 2019
4th March to 24th June 2019
Half term: 8th Apr to 22nd Apr 2019
Duration : 12 weeks