Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a Doha-based public university and a member of Qatar Foundation for education, science and community development, has announced a new language course. Adults, young people, and children can choose from 12 global languages with courses offered between September 19 and December 15. Classes will be delivered both online and face-to-face at flexible timings.
As per news reports, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German (in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region), Portuguese, and Spanish courses are open to all ages. Additionally, adults can choose from Italian, Russian, Turkish, Japanese, English, and Korean. Courses commence at the beginner stage and progress to more advanced levels. For students with previous learning, Language Center staff can assist in determining an appropriate starting point. The Language Center is based at the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII), part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at HBKU.
Officials from HBKU have revealed that Qualified language professionals follow the most up-to-date methodologies, using a variety of formats and technology-enhanced learning styles that focus on developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The program is communication-oriented and students are taught entirely in the foreign language, ensuring that all courses are an immersive, enriching cultural experience. The courses offered by the Center further its mission to provide world-class foreign language education that enables learners to acquire a new tongue in its cultural context.
Dr. Nima Nazari, director of the Language Center at TII, HBKU, said: “Whatever your reason for learning a new language, for family, travel, or work purposes, chatting online, or simply to challenge yourself, our language courses will give you the skills to begin communicating. Our courses have helped learners become proficient in the language while getting to appreciate the culture and traditions attached to it. We are pleased to offer on-campus classes and continue our online delivery during the fall semester, and we encourage everyone to embark on a fulfilling language journey.”