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  • Quality trainers and facilities
  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Flexible and custom training programs

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      • Languages - Arabic Stage 1

        EARLY BIRD FEES apply for some courses!

        COURSE DESCRIPTION

        This is an introductory Arabic course in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It is not in dialectal Arabic. The course will begin by providing students with an understanding of the importance of and key areas where Arabic is spoken, and the differences between MSA and dialectal Arabic. Each lesson is basically split into two halves: the first half is focused on acquiring a comprehensive grounding in the Arabic alphabet and numbering system (and by the end of the course students will have learned the entire Arabic alphabet) and learning to identify, reproduce and join the letters; the second half is focused on conversational Arabic for leisure, social, work and family purposes. The tutor will train students to use transliterations (and translations) which aid the learning of conversational Arabic before students have fully acquired the Arabic alphabet. The course will also cover foundational grammatical concepts from which to form basic sentences, enabling students to be well-equipped and confident to progress to higher levels of Arabic. Students will be encouraged to actively participate in oral and written exercises with both the tutor and their classmates. The learning environment is sociable and relaxed, but focused. The course is for absolute beginners. No prior knowledge is required.

        Great course for business travelers or for those working in the hospitality and tourism industries, or for leisure travelers.

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        COURSE CONTENT
        • Arabic alphabet – alif, baa, taa, thaa etc. (initial, medial, final and independent forms of all letters)
        • Short vowels and diacritical markings: fatHa, kasra, Damma, shadda, sukuun, hamza, laam alif, dagger alif etc.
        • Connecting and non-connecting letters
        • Long vowels – alif, waw, yaa
        • Numbering system (cardinal numbers)
        • Tanween (e.g. double Damma)
        • Greetings and basic conversation e.g. feelings, travel, social
        • Nationalities
        • Addressing people
        • Genders
        • Basic verbs e.g. to study, to write, to understand
        • Discussion of the Middle East and North Africa region e.g. history, dialectal Arabic etc.
        • Difference between al-fusHa and al-aamiyya
        • Nouns and possessive adjectives e.g. ‘my sister’ and 'his house'
        • Noun-adjective construction e.g. ‘the man is tall’ versus ‘the tall man’ versus 'a tall man'
        • IDaafa
        • Sun and moon letters
        • Regular letter-joining training
        • Training in the use of transliterations

        COURSE OUTCOMES
        By the end of the 8-week course students should:
        • Be able to read, recognise and reproduce all letters of the Arabic alphabet
        • Have basic skills in writing in Arabic (joining letters)
        • Be able to converse at a basic level in Arabic with friends, family and colleagues
        • Be able to recognise and reproduce basic grammatical structures in Arabic

      • Languages - Spanish Stage 1

        EARLY BIRD FEES apply for some courses!

        COURSE DESCRIPTION
        For students with no prior experience at any level in the Spanish language. Willing to learn and practice common everyday words necessary to make yourself understood in a Spanish speaking country.

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        Please be aware that if you wish to learn Spanish, the language is the same regardless of whether the tutor comes from Spain or Latin America, naturally there will be variations in accent and different countries use different types of slang, however the actual language is the same. Our tutors do come from a variety of countries, often they mention this in their tutor profile (click on the tutor’s name to see their profile), but the language taught is always Spanish.

        COURSE CONTENT
        Speaking, reading, listening and writing.
        Vocabulary and basic grammar rules to communicate with confidence in simple real life situations.
        Delivery of this course is classroom based with single and group activities.

        COURSE OUTCOMES
        You would have become familiar with different cultures among many Spanish speaking countries.
        You will be able to introduce yourself and others; ask for directions, drinks, meals and amenities.

      • Yoga

        EARLY BIRD FEES apply for some courses!

        COURSE DESCRIPTION
        A gentle class, in the style of Hatha Yoga. Yoga has been practiced from ancient times in India. Suitable for beginners and continuing students. Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonising system of development for the mind body and spirit. The continued practise of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and wellbeing, the practise of yoga makes the body strong and flexible it also improves the function of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and hormonal system. Yoga brings about emotional stability and clarity of mind.

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        We recommend that you do not do these classes if you are pregnant. Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat and blanket, and bottle of water.

        COURSE CONTENT
        • Breath work
        • Lengthening the spine helping posture
        • Clearer thoughts
        • Helps back pain
        • Massage inner organs
        • Releases toxins from the body
        • Work into Meridians which lines of energy
        • Brings energy into body
        • Flexibility
        • Drains the lymph and boosts immunity
        • Regulates your Adrenal glands
        • Improves your Balance
        • Helps you focus
        • Increases your peace of mind
        • Helps you sleep deeper
        • Maintains your nervous system

        COURSE OUTCOMES
        Overall sense of wellbeing, flexibility not only in your body but in your mind and breath. A balance in your life, being able to handle stresses in life in a way that doesn`t end up effecting your health. Massaging the inner organs and building your immune system.

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