Sharek Specials

These courses focus on immersive, communicative Arabic and consist of 10 X 2 hour sessions.

They will start in January 2018

Arabic through stories
A need to share stories is something that every culture in the world has in common, and stories are an excellent context for making natural spoken language memorable. On this course you’ll develop your listening and speaking skills through working with a range of stories from the Arabic oral tradition. You’ll also work on telling your own stories and will get plenty of supportive feedback from the course leader and about how to develop your skills. This course will culminate in a story sharing event led by the participants.

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Arabic through cookery
Arabic food is world famous for being both delicious and healthy. On this course you’ll learn to cook a range of simple Arabic dishes for every day food, and also more elaborate ones for entertaining at home. Along the way you’ll be exposed to lots of natural spoken Arabic, and pick up lots of vocabulary for the names of food items and for describing food. The course will end with a feast prepared by the participants. No previous experience of cookery is required. Bil hana wish shifa (Bon appetit!)

Arabic through music and song
Music reaches the parts of our brains that nothing else can reach! On this course you’ll explore some well known songs from the Arabic speaking world and use them to develop your listening skills, as well as expand your vocabulary, your pronunciation and your grammatical awareness. You’ll practice singing in Arabic to develop fluency and confidence, and even work on creating your own chants and songs to make the Arabic that you’re learning stick. By the end of the course you’ll have your own repertoire of Arabic songs to sing to yourself in the shower.

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Arabic through drama
There are obvious links between drama and using a foreign language. On this course you’ll use simple drama techniques like mime, roleplay and improvisation to help make the Arabic you are learning memorable, natural and spontaneous. You’ll also work with some level-appropriate short scripts for pronunciation practice and developing your fluency, and even create your own ones. Everyone will end up with a short piece to perform in the final showcase at the end. No previous experience of acting is required.

Arabic through film-making
The technology for making a short film has become easily available for everyone. On this course you’ll learn some simple film-making skills using only a mobile phone and then work in groups to plan, create and edit a short Arabic film. This could be either a documentary or a drama. Along the way you’ll receive lots of support from the course leader to help you express yourself in accurate Arabic and you’ll feel your Arabic improving naturally through exposure and use. The course will culminate in an opportunity for everyone to present their films to each other.

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Arabic through art
Throughout history the Arab world has produced a vast wealth of works of art by distinguished and less widely known artists. This course will include some discussion and analysis of Arabic art including calligraphy, as well as Q and A sessions with Arabic speaking artists. There will also be a focus on creating art yourself. The course will end with the participants sharing their own short presentations, focusing on different aspects of Arabic art. No particular artistic ability is required for this course.

Show and tell for grown ups
This course is centered around the vocabulary, the grammar and the chunks of language that each participant wants to learn. Each week you will be invited to bring along something that you would like to talk about. This could be a picture of a person you admire, a special place you’ve been to, or a treasured possession etc. The teacher will help you to prepare to give a very short talk about what you have brought in. In the second half of each session we will invite native Arabic speakers to attend, either face to face or remotely, and we’ll start showing and telling.

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