Posted on April 05, 2015

The Language Center at the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), is now accepting applications for its summer 2015 programs.  Registration for courses in various proficiency levels in Arabic, French, Spanish, English, and Mandarin Chinese will remain open until April 23rd. The Center’s summer courses will begin on May 3rd and continue until June 17th. In addition to Modern Standard Arabic, courses focusing on colloquial Khaleeji and Egyptian Arabic, as well as on Arabic for medical professionals, are also being offered.

TII’s Language Center follows the immersion approach to foreign language teaching, as it believes that language is acquired most effectively when it is learned in a meaningful social context. In an increasingly globalized world, an understanding of not only a country’s language, but also the traditions of its people, its food, music, and art, enables individuals to build strong and fruitful relationships with those of different backgrounds. Previously, students have enjoyed an array of opportunities aimed at helping them further their study. Students have attended events where they’ve met the Chinese ambassador, learned songs chosen specially to assist in the mastery of new and challenging vocabulary, and have also traveled with their class to Grenada, Spain, and to Tours, France, where they were given the chance to live with local families.

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Elizabeth Puranam, a current student of Arabic, commented: “I’ve really enjoyed learning a new language, in my case Arabic, at TII. I’ve really enjoyed the classroom dynamic, and its good to study with a group of people who are diverse but who, having committed to take the course share a common interest in getting the most out of the classes. Importantly, I’ve found the standard of teaching to be really high and having the option of studying in the evenings fits in well with my schedule.”

This summer, TII will also offer Executive English language workshops, specifically targeting working professionals who wish to improve their professional English language skills. Mounir Ouanaimi, Director of TII’s Language Center, shared: “The Center seeks to serve the language-training needs of the wider community in Doha and uses proficiency-based, learner-centered curricula.  This summer we are focusing on improving the oral / aural and communicative skills of our students in target language communities. We are especially excited to offer for the first time colloquial Khaleeji Arabic for students interested in learning the Qatari dialect.”

Due to popularity and space restrictions, those interested in taking language classes over the summer are encouraged to register early. Two-week immersion programs in Spain, France, or England are also being offered to students wishing to develop their Spanish, French, and English language skills in a native setting. More information can be found at