Pendragon Educational Publishers

Introduction

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 In other words, they adhere to traditional concepts and use outdated language learning methodologies.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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programmes

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Course

ArabicOnline.Eu - Advanced Arabic course

Online Open Enrolment United Kingdom Torquay

Do you already have a good foundation in Arabic? Take your Arabic to the next level with the Advanced courses from ArabicOnline.Eu. [+]

Do you already have a good foundation in Arabic?

Take your Arabic to the next level with the Advanced courses from ArabicOnline.Eu.

Authentic, 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. Key Features - three online programmes

Intermediate Arabic

This course contains 8 interactive units using only Arabic script to practice communication skills in everyday social and business situations. Extensive activities including role plays, writing exercises, Arabic grammar study materials and cultural information.... [-]


ArabicOnline.Eu - Beginners to Intermediate Arabic course

Online Open Enrolment United Kingdom Torquay

Our online Arabic courses for Beginners to Intermediate levels have been developed with the support of the European Commission and in collaboration with leading academics and experts in the field of Arabic as a Foreign Language. [+]

Our online Arabic courses for Beginners to Intermediate levels have been developed with the support of the European Commission and in collaboration with leading academics and experts in the field of Arabic as a Foreign Language. The courses use Modern Standard Arabic, which is spoken and understood in all Arab countries. This fully comprehensive programme is an ideal resource for learning Arabic online and has been specially designed for self-guided study. The courses implement a modern approach to language learning and are based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The focus is on communication in everyday situations.

On completion of the programme, you will have achieved Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Level 4 of the European Qualifications Framework). This corresponds to US State Department Level 2.... [-]


ArabicOnline.Eu - Corporate Arabic courses

Online Full time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Torquay

There is a growing recognition amongst HR departments that staff travelling on trade missions, working on relocation or deployment schemes need to update their linguistic and cultural skills in order to function effectively. Companies in the Middle East are increasingly keen to offer Arabic tuition to their staff. Our Corporate Arabic programme addresses these needs. We offer competitively-priced customized Arabic courses to suit small business as well as large companies. [+]

There is a growing recognition amongst HR departments that staff travelling on trade missions, working on relocation or deployment schemes need to update their linguistic and cultural skills in order to function effectively. Companies in the Middle East are increasingly keen to offer Arabic tuition to their staff. Our Corporate Arabic programme addresses these needs.

We offer competitively-priced customized Arabic courses to suit small business as well as large companies.

Our Arabic language courses teach Arabic using up-­to­-date language teaching methodologies and approaches. Arabic is frequently taught as an ‘academic subject’ in a highly traditional manner with a heavy focus on grammar. Our approach treats Arabic as a modern living language. It provides a motivating learning experience and concentrates on communication and cultural understanding.... [-]


ArabicOnline.Eu - First Steps in Arabic course

Online Open Enrolment United Kingdom Torquay

First Steps Arabic is a short introduction to Arabic. It is a free taster course for absolute beginners. It is also an ideal preparation for the Beginners to Intermediate Programme. [+]

First Steps Arabic is a short introduction to Arabic. It is a free taster course for absolute beginners. It is also an ideal preparation for the Beginners to Intermediate Programme.

Learn how to meet and greet people and introduce yourself thank people and respond positively learn Arabic useful phrases reply to some basic questions say where you are from

This free online course of Arabic uses transliteration (western script) to make the learning process easier.The full Beginners to Intermediate Programme allows learners to study with transliteration, with Arabic script or with both.

Key features

Focus on communication skills with a wide range of activities

Listening and speaking practice Audio dialogues for everyday situations. Topic-related vocabulary with exercises Introduction to the Arabic alphabet Grammar presentations and exercises Interactive role play activities with recording function ... [-]

ArabicOnline.Eu - Premium Arabic courses with tests and certicates

Online Open Enrolment United Kingdom Torquay

The Arabic Online Premium programme is designed for individual learners who wish to validate their studies with tests and certificates. [+]

The Arabic Online Premium programme is designed for individual learners who wish to validate their studies with tests and certificates.

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.

What’s included? Courses for all levels – Beginners to Advanced First Steps Arabic Beginners to Intermediate Arabic Intermediate Arabic plus Advanced Arabic Tests and certificates Self-assessment tests, one after each unit of the Beginners to Intermediate course Achievement tests at levels A1, A1+, A2 Downloadable print certificates with name, date, and level of achievement Digital badges verified by Pendragon Educational Publishers Ltd Additional bonus programmes Arabic Conversation Practice Arabic Word Trainer Arabic Grammar Explorer Arabic Grammar Explorer Intermediate A Guide to Writing Arabic (eBook) Help and support Online tutorials Study Plans and Learning Guides Worksheets Glossary of Useful Words and Phrases Online ticket system [-]

Course First Steps in Turkish

Online Open Enrolment United Kingdom Torquay

This free online Turkish course is perfect even if you have no prior knowledge of Turkish. [+]

An ideal introduction to learn Turkish!

This free online Turkish course is perfect even if you have no prior knowledge of Turkish.

The course will help you to:

meet and greet people introduce yourself thank people and respond positively reply to some basic questions say where you are from. Start immediately - No registration necessary. Study at your own pace. No adverts! HandsOnTurkish.Com is the authentic, internationally-recognized course of Turkish 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.... [-]


Course in Turkish Language, Culture and Business Etiquette

Online Open Enrolment United Kingdom Torquay

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.... [-]