27.6.12

To whom it may concern,

I have been having Arabic classes with Ibrahim Othman for the last six months and consider him to be an inspiring teacher. I have considerable experience of Arabic language tuition, having completed a degree in Arabic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University and having studied Arabic at the French Institute in Damascus, at Birzeit University in the West Bank, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. I feel this experience puts me in a good position to be able to assess Ibrahim Othman’s teaching and I am struck by his ability to make learning seem effortless. He is patient and encouraging and manages to introduce grammar lessons and vocabulary into whatever exercises we are doing.

A sign of a great teacher is that they tailor their lessons to meet their students’ needs and push their students to achieve their maximum potential and this is exactly what Ibrahim Othman does. In addition to our weekly classes, he suggests video clips I could watch and literature and text books I could read both to advance my Arabic skills and to increase my knowledge of the research area for my PhD in Sociology on Palestinian students in the West Bank. He even accompanied me to a bookshop to select specialist Arabic books to further my studies.

My confidence in my ability to speak colloquial Arabic has increased significantly since I began having classes with Ibrahim Othman and I have a much greater awareness of the similarities and differences between the grammar of colloquial and modern standard Arabic as this is something he continually highlights.

I have no hesitation in recommending Ibrahim Othman to you for a place on your teaching course. I feel he would be a considerable asset.

Yours faithfully
Aisha P.

Sociology PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London