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Talha offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!

English (Foreign Language)

Hourly Rate
Primary £20.00
Secondary £20.00
GCSE £20.00
A-Level £20.00
University £20.00
Casual Learner £20.00


Hourly Rate
Primary £30.00
Secondary £30.00
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £30.00
Casual Learner £30.00

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Personal Description:

I have been a student of the Arabic language for over 15 years.

In 2004 I graduated with a First in BA Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.

Between 2001-2003 I lived in Damascus studying both at the University of Damascus and privately with local teachers. I have studied classical texts of grammar, such as Al-Ajrumiya, Qatr al-Nada and Alfiyat Ibn Malik, as well as works on rhetoric, poetry and prosody.

In 2005 I successfully passed my CELTA.

I have been a writer and translator of literary works for over 20 years.

In 2012 the Koestler Trust awarded me the Leopold de Rothschild Charitable Trust Platinum Award for my poem "Grieving" and a further prize for the collection from which it came from.

In 2014 the University of Turin published a selection of my poetry translated into Italian accompanied with an essay about my career by Professor Pietro Deandrea.

Tutoring Experience:

I taught prisoners at HMP Belmarsh and HMP Long Lartin in classes for English as a Foreign Language, basic literacy and maths between 2006 through 2012. In 2008 I completed the Community Learning Champions Programme run by Lewisham College to become a mentor for those with no formal education.

Since then I have tutored students from SOAS, University of Westminster as well as individual adult learners.

I have experience with the Edexcel GCSE and A-level Arabic curriculum, as well as iGCSE Classical Arabic. All my GCSE tutees have gained As for their exams.

Course books I have taught include: Haywood and Nahmad, Wightwick and Ghafoor, Schulz et al, Arabiyya Bayna Yadayk, Al-Ajrumiya as well as individual packages.

I have taught English using the Callan method to Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking students.

In 2015 I was requested by the Ibn Jabal institute to teach the poetry and media Arabic modules for their pilot year long programme. I covered poetry both religious and secular, as well as contemporary writings on art criticism and scientific research. The programme culminated with students giving a presentation on a subject of their choice all in Arabic and fielding questions from fellow students.

I am currently the in-house tutor to a partner at a leading city law firm. I also have corporate clients in finance and advertising.

Tutoring Approach:

I have the experience of rigour from traditional learning methods practised in Damascus and I have my British university education. I adapt my approach according to the need of the learner.

Outside of lessons I am available to my tutees via phone, email, SMS, Skype and Whatsapp.

I can also assist beginners with classical texts in Arabic grammar like Ajurumiya, Qatr an-Nada and Alfiyah Ibn Malik.

Our first session is at no charge.

Don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss your learning needs.


  • Lewisham College (2008) - Community Learning Champions Programme (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Oxford House College, London (2005) - CELTA (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (2004) - BA Arabic (First Class Honours) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Dulwich College (1998) - 11 GCSEs, 3 A Levels (School) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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