Where could we go next? 

Language Ambassadors for Arabic 

In order to garner interest in learning Arabic for both students and schools, we need to raise awareness of this amazing language. Perhaps current university students of Arabic could act as ambassadors by visiting schools to offer an introduction to the language. 

Start early to gain exposure

Primary schools are now required to teach a language within the curriculum. The majority of primary school teachers are monolingual and do not have any language training. A current solution to this is that schools purchase language programs for which teachers facilitate the learning. If used, Arabic Online could promote Arabic from an early age and raise interest in schools across the country. This article explains how a teacher can guide students to learn Arabic despite having no experience themselves: https://arabiconline.eu/british-councils-arabic-language-culture-programme/.

Revamp language instruction entirely 

Despite completing GSCE or even A-Level studies – which entail 5-7 years of language study – students struggle to develop effective language competencies. Therefore, it might make more sense to dedicate language hours to a broader subject of linguistics and culture. Rather than students learning how to say ‘I have a blue cat’, they can learn how to learn a language in preparation for more specific study. Along the way, they could gain exposure to a number of relevant languages, such as Arabic. 

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