Arabic Language and Culture Lecture in the UK by the British Council
Arabic Language and Culture Lecture in the UK 

The purpose of this programme, in partnership with Qatar Foundation and Greater London Authority, is to increase the number of learners and teachers of Arabic and build a better understanding of the Arab world in the UK.

Our Work with Schools

Ten pilot schools have been selected from across the UK. Selected pilot schools come from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford, Blackburn, Barnstaple, Cardiff, and Belfast. Each of these acts as a support centre to enable five other schools in their region to promote the teaching of Arabic. There are also a number of specialist Arabic advisors to help support and develop the hub schools into centres of excellence.

As part of this initiative, schools across the UK will receive an introductory education pack to support them in introducing the teaching of Arabic.

Our work with teachers

In partnership with the the Department of Education at Goldsmiths, University of London, 20 trainee Arabic teachers have been awarded grants to follow a course leading to the award of the Goldsmith’s Certificate in the Teaching of Arabic.

Our aims for the future

We hope that the success of the pilot programme will lead to a long-term programme which will aim to significantly increase the number of students learning Arabic in the UK, grow the number of teachers of Arabic from both an Arabic-speaking and non-Arabic-speaking background, and improve understanding of the Arab world across the UK.