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Talha Ahsan is the founder and director of Arabic-Tutor.co.uk. He was educated at Dulwich College before graduating in BA Arabic with a First from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
He enrolled at the University at Damascus in 2001. Over the next two years he also studied traditional works in Arabic grammar, amongst them al-Ajrumiya, Qatr an-Nada, Alfiya Ibn Malik as well as works in rhetoric, poetry and prosody.
In 2008 he completed the Community Learning Champions Programme at Lewisham College to mentor underachieving students. He has been praised for his work teaching in prisons for six years. He also holds a CELTA and teaches English as a foreign language.
In just over a year he has been become the second highest ranking private tutor for Arabic in the London area on FirstTutors.com with
nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen five star ratings. See our Testimonials for reviews from other current and past tutees.He has tutored candidates for Edexcel GCSE Arabic, iGCSE Classical Arabic and AS/A Level Arabic as well as students in SOAS and Westminster at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has taught using Mastering Arabic by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, A New Arabic Grammar of the Written Language by J. A Haywood and H. M. Nahmad, Standard Arabic: An Elementary-Intermediate Course by Eckehard Schulz as well as bespoke courses.In summer 2015 the Ibn Jabal institute in Euston asked him to plan and teach the poetry and media Arabic modules for their pilot gap year programme. He has also taught Al-Arabiya Bayna Yadayk with the Jibreel Institute at East London Mosque.He founded Arabic-Tutor.co.uk in July 2016 coinciding with Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. He wanted to remedy the lack of provisions for Arabic language learning among young people in local Muslim communities. Talha’s vision is for households in the UK to be proficient in the language of such a lucrative and fascinating region of the world. He is passionate in seeing young people achieve a GCSE and A-level in the language.
He has been a translator of Arabic literary works for 15 years as well as a poet. In 2012 he was a winner of the Leopold de Rothschild prize for poetry. The Koestler Trust awarded his book Grieving and Other Poems for being one of the best collections for that year too.
He is currently completing a PhD in medieval Islamic history at SOAS.