The British Council and Qatar Foundation International are working together to promote the teaching and learning of Arabic language and culture in the UK, aiming to make Arabic a realistic choice for UK Schools.
Research into long-term language needs identified Arabic as the second most necessary language for the UK over the next 20 years. However, Arabic is taught in five to six per cent of secondary schools in the UK, the majority of which are Muslim faith schools, and often only as an extracurricular subject or in the supplementary sector.
By developing Arabic to the same standards expected of the other major world languages in the British school system, the British Council and QFI are working to make Arabic a viable option for students of any background to explore.
For the first time this school year QFI are offering grants to support the establishment of local Arabic Teacher Councils. Applicants must be based in a host institution (a school or university or professional organisation) and will act as organisers, administrators, and facilitators for Teaching Council activities.
There are four grants of five thousand pounds available. Each Teaching Council will support the teaching of Arabic in its local area or region by:
- Recruiting members who have an interest or involvement in the teaching of Arabic
- Meeting, networking and sharing resources and ideas
- Reaching out to the wider community to educate it about Arabic language and culture and advocate for Arabic programs in schools.
UK schools are invited to work together with us to provide Arabic in the curriculum, with three-year funding and support available.
Our programme aims to:
- Increase the number of schools in the UK teaching Arabic language and culture
- Provide professional development opportunities, mentoring and modern resources for Arabic teachers
- Produce fresh research into Arabic language and culture teaching pedagogy and initiate a key stakeholder committee to pave a strategic way forward to meet the UK Arabic needs.
Our funding offer to schools:
Schools are invited to apply for a package of funding and support over three years in order to introduce, or expand, provision of Arabic in the schools curriculum:
- A grant of up to £15,000 per year for three years (maximum £45,000 in total)
- Links to resources with a focus on study of Arab culture
- The opportunity to apply for Skype sessions with Arabic speakers
- The opportunity to apply for an international link to an Arabic-speaking school
- Support with taster sessions
- A link to your nearest Arabic supplementary school in association with the NRCSE
- Assistance with finding UK-trained MFL teachers who can teach Arabic.
The offer is open to secondary schools and Sixth Form Colleges in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. State schools can apply on their own; applications from Independent schools will be considered if they work in conjunction with a State school.
Email us to receive full details and eligibility criteria