Kalamna Arabic

Kalamna, meaning ‘our words’ in Arabic, connects children with their Arabic heritage. We provide spoken Arabic language classes for children and adults in Cambridge, UK, and Masterclasses to help you set up Arabic classes in your area.

Why choose Kalamna?

We believe we've found the magic formula for children to love learning Arabic! We play, laugh and learn in our classes, which helps children develop a love for Arabic language and culture.

And if you are looking for other professional, bilingual, Arabic-speaking families to connect with, you've found your tribe! We hold regular social gatherings and events for families to come together and enjoy.

Arabic classes

Focus on learning spoken Arabic in a positive environment

Masterclasses

Learn how to set up your own classes using our magic formula

Social events

Come together with other professional bilingual families

We’re hiring!

 

We are currently looking for teachers to run two classes on Sunday mornings:

Stage 1 our parent and child group for ages 0-3 at 10.15-11am

Stage 2  for 6-11 year olds on Sundays mornings

For further details please visit our recruitment page and contact us at hello@kalamna.org

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Applications are OPEN for the 2020-2021 cohort of our Teacher Leadership Program. 🌍 👨‍🏫🌎 👩‍🏫

The program gives #K12Educators the skills and knowledge to help their peers teach more confidently about the #MiddleEast. https://t.co/ukUkQAPCX6

The Advantages of Bilingualism for Your Children in @FranceAmerique - Hoping to see more dual-language programs open in the near future. #bilingualrevolution #bilingualeducation #BackToSchool

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FREE workshop for teachers on 24th & 25th October in Cambridge: "Early language learning: what it (can) look(s) like" organised by @meits_owri Speakers include @vmurphyox & @Nadinebleu Full info and sign up here: https://t.co/VFFwQwtRN0 #mfltwitterati @camedfac

A #startup that worked with @CamSocVent, is featured in @NYTParenting article. @KalamnaArabic provides Arabic language classes to children and adults in #Cambridge in a fun and stimulating environment, focusing on everyday spoken language:
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I’ve met many Arab parents whose children speak only rudimentary Arabic, so the possibility that my first-born could lose my mother tongue felt like a serious risk. https://t.co/Dd7EEOx3Hk

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