Are you a native Arabic, from a country where Arabic is the official language?
If the Arabic language is familiar to you, then why not seek a related job?
You might be wondering...What is the level of education required to become an Arabic language teacher? Is the profession regulated by the public authorities?
In this article, we reveal all you need to know about the professorship in order to teach Arabic.
How do you become an Arabic teacher? Here are the guidelines for teachers.
When an individual has a passion for literature and is attracted by a range of modern languages, it makes sense to teach English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, or perhaps Russian.
Many people however do not immediately jump towards teaching Arabic. This could very well be a wasted opportunity for someone so interested in languages other than English.
In fact, teaching Arabic is a very enriching activity. A multi-millennial language spanning over 2000 years, this Semitic language is the mother tongue for more than 270 million people on Earth. Which makes it the 8th most spoken language in the world! Specifically, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Arabic is within the top 5 languages spoken at home within Australia.
Arabic has been able to adapt over the centuries and has endured in our modern times.
Unfortunately, pupils often have to wait until they get to university to receive Arabic language lessons. Very few programs within the community are offered and only a few schools offer modern standard Arabic speaking classes.
How can you become an Arabic teacher?
Becoming an Arabic teacher requires a number of skills:
- Having an excellent command of the language in its modern standard and dialectal forms
- Having a sense of listening
- Being patient
- Knowing how to adapt to your students
- Knowing how to transmit your learning method
- Loving to pass on knowledge
- Having good interpersonal skills
- Validating a diploma recognised in VIC or any other state
- Receiving a certificate
- Knowing how to be firm
- Being available
- Being organised
If you wish to be a professor, the classical path will be to follow a university courses in Arabic or Languages, Literature, Foreign and Regional Civilizations. You then receive a teaching certification that will allow you to give out lessons in official institutions or schools.
Then, most of the time you will have to pass a certification to teach in high school.
Beware, it might be difficult, as there are not as many positions offered as for the French or Japanese classes. Doing a thesis will make it possible to go further, and to teach at university.
Thinking a thesis is beyond your ability? Don't worry too much, not everyone needs it.
Why not try go for private lesson positions within your city? If you feel you have the level to teach Arabic, apply for a position in all the Arabic-language private institutes in close to your location.
Who knows? They may be looking for a teacher to expand their language training offers.
An excellent formula to develop and continue giving Arabic courses, is the broadcast of free online courses. Perhaps you can build your own method and curriculum to share on Youtube.
What level does it take to become an Arabic teacher?
In Australia, even for unregulated professions, some sort certificate is often required. It is informal, but the level of studies serves as a signaling effect sent by the teacher to his potential pupil. This depends in which State you wish to practice. However, do expect to present a teacher certification. Find out what your State requires: sometimes alternative teacher certifications are given.
Certified teachers will also find it easier to get students to take private lessons with them. Once you are accredited, you can make an application to the places you wish to teach and be an educator.
There are many teaching jobs, and ways to give Arabic language classes. These don't always have to follow the official teaching standards.
The teaching of Arabic in Australia is carried out:
- Within the school environment (from primary to high school and higher tertiary education)
- In associations (language schools to learn literary Arabic)
- Within religious institutions (to learn Qur'anic Arabic, the Tajwid)
- At the level of private institutes for the promotion of Arabic language and culture
- By taking private Arabic lessons at home
In order to become an Arabic language teacher, the training curriculum can be quite long and you need to receive some sort of teacher preparation.
During your graduate studies in Arabic, you will become an Arabic speaker: intensive learning of Arabic grammar, written and oral expression, Arabic phonetics, knowledge of literature and civilization (Arabic culture and history), linguistics.
To be an Arabic language teacher on your account, no one will ask you for a diploma. But you will have to demonstrate excellent language skills and a sense of pedagogy with the students.
Obviously, it will be necessary to use pedagogy to learn the alphabet and to learn Arabic letters to the pupils, to teach vocabulary words, Arabic grammar, to teach them to read and write Arabic.
Besides, how are you going to fill in your teacher's agenda?
How to find pupils for Arabic language courses?
As an Egyptian Arabic native or native of an Arabic country, you are looking for pupils for the new school year.
You will be available during the day, evening, weekend and during the holidays to give more Arabic lessons.
How to find your Arabic students / clients? First, make word of mouth.
View and apply for new Melbourne and Sydney, NSW Arabic to English job in and around your community.
Have yourself and your business be talked about - speak to your networks. This is important, because that is how you will have your first private lesson.
Be always at you best: considering the theory of "the strength of weak ties" of the sociologist Mr. Granovetter, the information (in this case "I am an Arabic teacher and I am looking for students") you will leave to your contacts will spread between people whose knowledge you do not know.
Post free ads in and around town to get more exposure for your lessons! i.e. coffee shops, your local mission, or failing this, the internet.
Make sure to contact other tutors in Melbourne or Sydney, NSW on the details involved in their work such as the hours expected to teach over time and what kind of tutor support networks and educational resources are available.
Keep in mind it can take quite some time (often years) for teachers to start becoming experienced in their work no matter the area they want to apply their knowledge to.
In order to save hours of going through the new details involved in other tutor jobs, why not create a new Superprof tutor profile and keep students regularly posted? Private lessons can be a great secondary form of income for new tutors (depending on the hours taught and how experienced you are).
Write an attractive profile attesting to your solid knowledge of the Arabic idiom: Alphabet and Arabic letters, vowels and consonants, grammar (personal pronouns and possessive pronouns), phonetics, pedagogy, didactics, vocabulary and Arabic words, your level of experience, listening and adaptive skills, relational skills, etc.
Start up schools and universities, language schools, institutes dedicated to the promotion of the Arabic language, online advertising platforms (Facebook, Gumtree, Superprof) and finally the school support agencies.
By doing this you'll create a platform that draws in a wider range of possible future students.
By registering on Superprof to teach your Arabic lessons, you will:
- Introduce your students to Arabic
- Teach them the Arabic alphabet
- Teach them to read and write Arabic
- teach Arabic vocabulary
- Transmit idiomatic expressions
- Work phonetics and Arabic pronunciation
- Improve their knowledge of Arabic words
- Perfect their level of Arabic grammar (pronouns, verbs, chords)
- Increase their level of oral expression
To avoid having an inconsistent rate for your lessons, here's how to set a reasonable rate for your students...
How to set the price of an Arabic course?
Unfortunately, it is not enough to transmit your knowledge. You must also know how to estimate how much your knowledge and teaching ability is worth for the student.
How much will you earn with your Arabic lessons?
This rate is based on the professor's level of education, the level taught, the hourly volume required to master the Arabic language, any travel expenses of the teacher, the geographical distance from the student and of course the teacher's overall proficiency and experience.
An hour of lessons may also be more expensive in more populated cities than elsewhere (i.e. Melbourne lessons may be more expensive than in Geelong).
The lessons of literary Arabic do not have the same level of demand - and therefore different prices - than those of dialectal Arabic.
Finally, adapted language courses and intensive Arabic language courses can be fixed, or built as a package, in contrast to regular lessons smoothed over the school year.
Here's what to do to set your Arabic course price as a private Arabic teacher:
- Benchmarking: comparing applied prices, being the homo-economics
- Indicate target audience: primary school student, college student, high school student, university student, etc.
- Specify the types of courses taught: introductory courses, intensive courses, beginner courses, individual courses, group lessons
- Mention your level of education, diplomas and experience, your pedagogical method
- Build good course sequences to prove your added value
- Evaluate the student's level to adapt
- Modulate your price: if it takes 88 weeks to understand, write and read Arabic appropriately, offer packages or discounts
- Adjust according to the geographical area
- Display a specialisation: Arabic literary, Arabic dialectal, Arabic Koranic, Moroccan Arabic - Darija - Egyptian Arabic ...
After listening the parameters of the price of an Arabic language course - home course or online Arabic course, individual or collective course, literary or dialect Arabic course, beginner course, intensive course - you will have your price offer: We suggest you set your rate between $25 and $50 per hour.