Kalamna is an award-winning Arabic language school in Cambridge, UK. 

We offer weekend and evening Arabic classes to 50 children and adults, as well as masterclasses for parents and teachers, and a range of social and cultural events and gatherings. We also operate a library of Arabic books and DVDs.

We are a social enterprise set up as a Community Interest Company, and a Cambridge Social Venture at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. We are also a member of the Cambridge Research in Community Language Education (CRiCLE) Network at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, and Cambridge Bilingual Groups.

We have two positions available, details below.

To apply, send a CV and covering letter to hello@kalamna.org 

Parent and Child group leader

Kalamna runs a Stage 1 parent and child group for children aged 0-3 years. We sing, read stories and play in everyday, conversational Arabic.

The class runs at 10.15-11am on Sunday mornings during term time at St Faith’s School in Cambridge, UK.

We are looking for a group leader to lead this class.

Essential characteristics for working with Kalamna
  • Conveying a positive image of Arabic language and culture
  • Using spoken, conversational Arabic as the language of instruction
  • Engaging children and parents and managing behaviour positively
  • Making sure attendees are safe
  • Following our code of conduct and policies including safeguarding, child protection, e-safety and health & safety
Key responsibilities and duties

You will be expected to plan, prepare and deliver our Stage 1 Parent and Child class on Sunday mornings for 45min (a longer session can be negotiated, as well as additional sessions on other days). We have a structured programme to help you do this.

Qualifications and skills

Required:

  • Bilingual English and Arabic
  • Ability to work with young children and their parents, with a positive attitude to Spoken Arabic

Desirable:

  • EYFS experience or qualifications

For more information email hello@kalamna.org

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to hello@kalamna.org 

Stage 3 teaching assistant

We are looking for a part time teaching assistant for our Stage 3 (ages 7-11) class, to assist the main class teacher. Classes are held at in Trumpington, Cambridge on Sundays at 1-12pm.

This role would suit a student or someone looking to get into teaching. It has the potential to develop to a full teaching role as Stage 3 Teacher.

Your approach to teaching – essential characteristics for working with Kalamna

  • Conveying a positive image of Arabic language and culture 
  • Using spoken, conversational Arabic as the language of instruction
  • Communicating with the parents about their child/ren’s progress
  • Managing pupils’ behaviour positively
  • Making sure pupils are safe
  • Following our code of conduct and policies including safeguarding, child protection, e-safety and health & safety

Key responsibilities and duties

  • Setting up the classroom before each class and tidying up afterwards
  • Taking the class register each week and ensuring parents sign their child/ren in and out of each class
  • Reading one to one with children and recording their progress
  • Helping children complete exercises set in class
  • Communicating with the main class teacher about the children’s progress 

Qualifications and skills

Required:

  • Bilingual English and Arabic
  • Language or teaching degree or equivalent 
  • Knowledge of the EYFS and Key Stage curriculum
  • Ability to work with children with a positive attitude to Spoken Arabic 
  • Availability to work one hour a week, on Sunday mornings at 11-12pm

Desirable:

  • Teaching experience or qualification, preferably in the UK teaching a first, second or foreign language

For more information email hello@kalamna.org

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to hello@kalamna.org