Introducing Arabic: Dragons Teaching’s newest language

Dragons Teaching are delighted to be introducing Arabic to our language offering for the new year.

For the past 15 years, our mission has been to teach global languages in a fun and accessible manner, making language learning fun again. Until 2020 our main focus was on teaching Mandarin Chinese, but a growing team enabled us to bring Spanish into our language provision, followed by French earlier this year.

The run-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 seemed to us the perfect opportunity to take the Dragons Approach to language learning and introduce Arabic to our curriculum. We are particularly delighted to be partnering with the Qatar Foundation International (QFI) to help promote the learning of Arabic worldwide. We will be teaching Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), which is the standard written form of the language and the most widely used version today in Arabic-speaking countries.

Using ArabicConnect – our online language platform – students will build a foundational knowledge of Arabic language and culture through an initial 10-lesson course. Learners will spend half of the allocated lesson time learning online with one of our expert Arabic teachers, and the remaining half of the lesson working through the interactive exercises on ArabicConnect, including dialogue lessons, handwriting, and reward-based games to encourage engagement. Students ‘win’ magic lamps and badges, which provide measurable data to allow for progress tracking.

As part of our roll-out of the language, we will be running Arabic enrichment programmes for schools ahead of the FIFA World Cup. ‘My Week in Qatar’ is a five-lesson programme, which can be easily scheduled into a school week, giving students in Key Stages 2 and 3 a great introduction to Arabic language and culture whilst fuelling excitement ahead of the major global event.

We are delighted to be introducing Arabic to our suite of languages in early 2022. We believe that the World Cup in Qatar next autumn will be an exciting opportunity to promote the learning of Arabic as a community language here in the UK, as well as throughout English medium schools globally.

Adam Ennis, Business Operations Manager