If you address someone in their native tongue, they are 10 times more likely to buy from you — whatever their competence in English.

Gary Muddyman, Financial Times, September 23, 2015

Why learn Arabic?

Arabic is an important world language and the reasons to learn the language are countless.

  • Arabic is one of the six official working languages of the United Nations.
  • It is the mother tongue of some 325 million people.
  • The Arabic speaking world and, in particular the Gulf states, are the fifth biggest trading partners for the EU.
  • Arabic is a language considered to be of ‘critical importance’ by various government agencies around the world.

Bridging cultures with languages

The Arab world is considered to be a ‘high context’ culture (E. T. Hall). Personal relationships are very important. Arab business partners will appreciate and respect anybody who has taken the trouble to learn some basic Arabic. And yet many of the people inside businesses – on the ground – often do not have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural understanding to deal with the challenge of doing business in the Arab world.

ArabicOnline provides valuable business advice, notes on business etiquette and cultural information about doing business in the Arab world. ArabicOnline helps learners to avoid making basic and unnecessary mistakes.

Learning Arabic – the current situation

In recent years interest in learning Arabic has grown dramatically. However, many people wishing to learn Arabic and that there is an acute shortage of high quality, reliable and authoritative courses which teach Arabic as a Foreign Language and which are designed for European or Western learners.

Many existing courses of Arabic tend to attach importance first and foremost to vocabulary, structures and grammar. In other words, they adhere to traditional concepts and use outdated language learning methodologies. They often treat Arabic as a dead language, like Latin. They also frequently neglect the ever more important aspect of cultural awareness and fail to recognise that a learner needs to be culturally competent in order to understand a language and interact adequately.

This requires a different kind of course to the ones on offer.

Many online eLearning courses rarely progress beyond “books on screen”. These courses are frequently presentational. The learner needs to bring considerable cognitive and analytical skills to the job of learning a language. Few people have the time or academic skills to learn successfully with such products.

Furthermore, these courses, whether in print or online, are rarely based on the Common European Framework of Reference, and the syllabus of the course is often oriented towards general levels such as ‘beginner’
ArabicOnline treats Arabic as a dynamic, living language. The focus is on communicating in everyday situations.

Our approach to learning Arabic

The pedagogical approach of ArabicOnline can be described as a cognitive constructivist approach to learning, in particular, language learning, which is combined with the currently available technology of desktop/laptop computers, tablet computers and smartphones. This approach sees learning, as does Common European Framework of Reference, as an active process and learners as active meaning makers.

Learners are guided by a task-based approach through a series of units, modules and steps to acquire Arabic and an awareness of Arabic culture.

The ArabicOnline approach is particularly suited to non-academic learners and vocational learners who are not in full-time study. Learners can learn with Arabic script or with the western script (transliteration). ArabicOnline is based on Levels A1/A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Modern Languages: the international benchmark for defining language proficiency levels and which is recognised throughout Europe.

Total immersion – e-ImmersionPlus

By delivering the Arabic course across multiple platforms and devices, the ArabicOnline team have created a situation that strives to emulate a total immersion situation of language learning. This situation is defined as e-immersionplus®, a concept developed and a term coined by the project team.

The e-immersionplus environment ensures that the content of the course is customised in such a way that the complete course, or parts of the course respectively, is accessible on desktop/laptop computers, on tablet computers and also on smartphones, each of these technological devices complementing the others. This will allow learners to have the contact time with Arabic that is needed for sustainable learning to take place.

The team

ArabicOnline has been developed by a team of academic experts, teacher trainers, programmers and publishers from four European countries.

Programmes taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Course

Pendragon Educational Publishers

Do you already have a good foundation in Arabic? The Advanced Arabic Premium Programme is a dedicated online course of study. The programme is designed for individual lea ... [+]

Do you already have a good foundation in Arabic?

The Advanced Arabic Premium Programme is a dedicated online course of study. The programme is designed for individual learners who have studied Arabic for at least two years. Students can start at any time and study at their own pace and according to their own time schedule. No additional materials are needed.

ArabicOnline.Eu is the original internationally-recognized course of Arabic as a Foreign Language. Supported by the European Commission and designed for European and Western learners.

Arabic Online is published by Pendragon Educational Publishers, a UK-based company that specializes in the development of high-quality online language courses.... [-]

United Kingdom Torquay
Open Enrolment
English,Arabic
Online
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Pendragon Educational Publishers

ArabicOnline.Eu is the original internationally-recognized course of Arabic as a Foreign Language. Supported by the European Commission and designed for European and West ... [+]

ArabicOnline.Eu is the original internationally-recognized course of Arabic as a Foreign Language. Supported by the European Commission and designed for European and Western learners.

Our online Arabic courses for Beginners to Intermediate levels have been designed for self-guided study via the internet. They have been developed with leading academics and experts in the field of Arabic as a Foreign Language and are suitable for all kinds of learners, regardless of age or academic background.

Key features One-year subscription - offers great value for money Fully interactive courses available online any time via the internet The courses use Modern Standard Arabic Designed for self-study with the focus on communicating in Arabic in everyday situations Extensive support materials and downloads Additional benefits such as Study Plans, Guide to Writing Arabic, worksheets ... [-]
United Kingdom Torquay
Open Enrolment
English
Online
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Pendragon Educational Publishers

The Arabic Premium Programme is a dedicated online course of study. The programme is designed for individual learners who wish to validate their studies with tests and ce ... [+]

The Arabic Premium Programme is a dedicated online course of study. The programme is designed for individual learners who wish to validate their studies with tests and certificates. Students can start at any time and study at their own pace and according to their own time schedule. No additional materials are needed.

Key features Access to all our Arabic Online courses and resources Self-assessment tests at key milestones Achievement tests (A1, A1+, B1, etc) Certificates and digital badges

ArabicOnline.Eu is the original internationally-recognized course of Arabic as a Foreign Language. Supported by the European Commission and designed for European and Western learners.

Published by Pendragon Educational Publishers, a UK-based company that specializes in the development of high-quality online language courses.... [-]

United Kingdom Torquay
Open Enrolment
English,Arabic
Online
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Pendragon Educational Publishers

Access a new language, culture, and market! For professionals, students and all those wishing to engage with this fascinating language and culture. ... [+]

Stay ahead of the curve. Learn a language of critical importance.

Our online Turkish course is designed for complete beginners. It is ideal for self-study. It can also be integrated into existing language learning programmes (blended learning environments) with online or classroom tutors.

The course is completely self-contained. No other software or resources are needed.

Anyone intending to enter the business world will find a solid foundation for future contacts in Turkey.

Schools, vocational colleges and universities wanting to prepare their students for a career in business will equally benefit from the course.

Join our two main characters, Frank and Sarah, as they travel to Istanbul to meet new contacts. Then join them in Bursa as they look for business opportunities and start negotiations.... [-]

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English,Turkish
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