For the past two Fridays the Glasgow team run an Arabic workshop, first in Glasgow (22nd February) and then in Newcastle on Tyne (1st March)
The workshops are aimed primarily at people who are working with refugees and asylum seekers, but are open to anyone interested in learning Arabic from the Gaza Strip for study, work or just interest. In the workshops we:
- outline the importance of giving a space to the languages people seeking asylum and/or people who have refugee status;
- offer information on the Online Arabic from Palestine language course (for beginners) that was developed through a collaboration between a team at the School of Education (University of Glasgow, UK) and a team at the Arabic Center (Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine); and
- give a taster Arabic lesson for beginners
As part of our taster Arabic lesson we decided also to stand up and learn some steps of the traditional Palestinian dance called Dabke. Our team member Nihaya taught us a few steps, and everyone had so much fun!
Here are some workshop participant practising the Dabke and counting in Arabic:
Well, ok, we have a long way to go still before we match the professionals (see the wonderful video below for comparison 😉) but we all had a great time!
As well as dancing the Dabke while counting in Arabic, workshop participants learned to introduced themselves in Arabic and to say where they are from. Here are some of the comments by participants
“Thank you for the workshop, it was very informative and fun”
“Thank you for the workshop, it was great and I still remember the numbers”
“Thank you for the workshop and a very enjoyable dance”
“Thanks for the workshop, the Dabke was great”
We will also do the workshop in Manchester, on Friday the 8th of March. Check out the flyer below and contact Nihaya.Jaber@glasgow.ac.uk if you are interested in taking part!