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.
Who teaches the classes?
Shaykh Michael Mumisa is a PhD candidate and Cambridge Special Livingstone Scholar at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He also holds an ‘Alimiyyah /Shahadat al-Fadila degree from South Africa as well as a BA Honours (Islamic Studies) degree, an MA (English Literature) degree and an MPhil (Islamic Legal Theory) research degree from Johannesburg, Birmingham and Newcastle universities. He is author of a number of studies and a regular broadcaster and commentator on radio and other media. He has extensive teaching experience and is a former examiner of IGCSE Arabic and IGCSE Islamic Studies. His PhD research is in Classical Arabic Literature.
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 : 8th of May 2017
Registration By : 30th of Apr 2017
- Duration – 12 months (38 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
- 76 hours of lectures
- Assignments & Feedback
Summer term 2017 (Term-1)
Thursday 8 May to Friday 21 July 2017
Half term: 29 May to 2 June 2017
Duration : 10 weeks
Autumn term 2017 (Term-2)
4 September to 19 December 2017
Half term: 23 October to 27 October 2017
Duration : 14 weeks
Spring term 2018 (Term-3)
3 January to 29 March 2018
Half term: 12 February to 16 February 2018
Duration : 12 weeks
Term 1 – Summer term 2017
Term 2 – Autumn term 2017
Term 3 – Spring term 2018