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QF offers free Arabic course to university students

Latest News Doha 23 Jan 24
QF offers free Arabic course to university students
Qatar Foundation offers free Arabic language course to university students.
Event Location
Qatar, Qatar
Start Time
23 January 2024, 12:00 AM
End Time
29 February 2024, 12:00 AM

Qatar Foundation (QF) is offering its university students the opportunity to learn Arabic with a newly launched course for native and non-native speakers alike.

The course, Discover Arabic, runs during the academic semester and is free to Education City university students. Offering a blend of in-person and online teaching, focusing on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, it caters for various levels of Arabic language proficiency, and has been developed with the Translation and Interpreting Institute, part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).

Firdavs Fayzillaev, a Business Administration student at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) – a QF partner university – joined the first edition of the course, which ran from September to December.

“I embarked on the journey of learning Arabic primarily because it is the language in which the Holy Qur’an was written. One of my ambitions is to be able to read and understand the Qur’an by the end of my academic journey at CMU-Q,” he said.

Learning Arabic for the first time, Fayzillaev made several unexpected discoveries. “I was surprised by the vast diversity of Arabic dialects, each uniquely shaped by its geographical context,” he said. “Understanding the intricacies of these dialects has given me valuable insights into the rich culture of the Arabic language.

Dina Mutassem, Academic Programming Lead, QF, explained the purpose behind launching this program for university students, saying: “At QF, one of our foremost priorities is being a custodian for the Arabic language. Our long-term vision is for every graduate of an Education City university to complete their academic journey with some level of Arabic proficiency.

Those who wish to learn more about, or sign up, for the next Discover Arabic course can contact Dina Mutassem at [email protected]

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