RefuLingua - Arabic Tutoring Pilot Project

Do you want to learn Arabic with a refugee in Bristol?

Bridges for Communities is currently piloting a new language learning project that gives Syrian and other Arabic speaking refugees the chance to volunteer or work as Arabic tutors in Bristol.

Would you like to be part of this pilot project and learn Arabic with one of our tutors?

We are training our tutors to deliver a course of beginner level spoken Arabic, in the Levantine dialect.  Classes are £10 per 1 hour class. They are designed to be 1-1 and will be held in a public space (a cafe or library for example) at a mutually convenient location and time.

You can take as many classes as you would like - we recommend signing up for a course of five initially. 

If you are not beginner level but would still like to learn or practise spoken Arabic with one of our tutors, please get in touch, as we may have a tutor who is able to work with you.

Please note! Most of our tutors have arrived in the UK in the last year. They have varying levels of English and do not have previous experience of tutoring in the UK. However, they are very keen to spread their expert knowledge of spoken Arabic and we feel sure they will manage well. We ask for your active participation as learners to make the classes a success!

We will be inviting your feedback on all areas of the project, so that we can keep deveoping and improving it beyond the pilot stage.

Note ** A course of five lessons is valid for a two month period from the date of the first class. If you think it will take you longer than this please let us know at the start so we can organise the tutors time effectively. Lessons left untaken beyond the two months window will not be refunded. Lessons cancelled with less than a days notice will be counted as taken.

If this all sounds good and you would be interested in studying Arabic as part of this exciting pilot project, please register here and we will be in contact within the week.

For more information or for a chat before signing up, get in touch with Rose Codner (RefuLingua Project Manager):   

If you are a native Arabic speaker and recent refugee and you are interested in teaching Arabic as part of this project, please get in touch with Rose Codner on the email address above, or via the contact form found at نحن في انتظارك!

Some things to consider......

There are many types of Arabic! Most books, courses and online resources are designed to teach Modern Standard Arabic – this is a literary language understood across the Arabic speaking world, but nobody actually speaks it. With our program, you will focus on spoken Arabic. The Arabic language is spoken from Morocco across to Iraq, and there are at least as many dialects as there are countries. The majority of our tutors are from Syria and so will teach the Syrian - Levantine dialect. This will allow you to communicate with people from Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon, although people from other countries will understand you too. If you'd like to learn another dialect, please let us know and we'll try to accommodate you. 

More about the project

Bridges for Communities is running a pilot project which enables refugees in Bristol to work as Arabic language tutors, and enables others to benefit from the opportunity that learning Arabic presents. We aim to enable refugees to take a step towards employment in the UK, and to grow in their confidence and well being as they teach others their language - to enable British people to gain an insight into a new language and culture as they learn Arabic and interact with their refugee tutor. 

For refugees who are seeking to rebuild their lives in the UK, finding employment can be a major challenge, and that their lack of proficiency in English is often held up as the primary barrier to finding a job. We want to turn this on its head and say that refugees’ language skills should be seen as an asset and not a barrier. We feel passionately about enabling refugees and asylum seekers to use the skills and assets that they bring with them to this country, including the languages that they speak.

In the year ahead we are looking to expand RefuLingua to include group Arabic classes at beginner and improver levels, as well as tuition another community language (Somali or Kurdish anyone?!) Please let us know if you have a particular request for a community language, as we may be able to accommodate you. 

The RefuLingua pilot project is funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation. We would like to express our thanks to them for enabling us to develop this exciting initiative.