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Posted On: 12 January 2023 08:22 pm
Updated On: 12 January 2023 08:32 pm

HBKU Announces Language Courses for Spring 2023

Tracy Quirino
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HBKU New Languages spring 2023

To promote multilingualism and a culture of lifelong learning, the Language Center at the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII), at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), has opened registration for its spring 2023 courses in 12 world languages.

The language programs available to adults, children, and youth are Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German (in partnership with the Goethe Institut Gulf Region), Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish. Adults can additionally learn Japanese, English, Korean, and Russian.

The centre’s desirable courses suit all levels of ability, ranging from beginner to intermediate and advanced levels. Students with prior language knowledge are encouraged to take a placement test to determine the most appropriate level and course.

A communicative, student-focused approach allows trainees to develop four in-demand skills - speaking, listening, reading, and writing. TII’s qualified, experienced language professionals use up-to-date methodologies, course-driven methods, and new technologies to offer an immersive, engaging classroom experience alongside a fascinating introduction to the culture. This approach furthers the centre’s mission to enable trainees to acquire a language in its cultural context.

Announcing the registration, Dr. Ameena Hussain, Director of the Language Center at TII, which is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at HBKU, said:

“Being multilingual is an invaluable skill in today’s increasingly globalized world. Taking up a new language can be important for professional and academic success but it can also enhance practical, meaningful communication in multicultural work and social settings. All of our trainees have a different intent, and at TII we believe that lifelong learning adds endless opportunities for personal enrichment and we encourage everyone in the community to begin the new year by pursuing the language that interests them the most.”

The Language Center offers a variety of course formats, beginning on January 14 for children and youth and on January 15 for adults. Classes will be held at Penrose House in Education City and online. Early-bird registration with discounted rates is open until January 10, and registration closes on January 14, 2023. For more information and to enrol, please visit

Source and cover image: Press Release