Hi there, my name is Nikola but my Arabic name is Walid al-Maqduni. I am a University of Oxford and London SOAS trained Researcher and Linguist of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Turkish and Turkish Studies who offers high quality, interactive and individually tailored tuition in Modern Standard/Classical Arabic, and Turkish to adults, mainly to BA,MA/MSc,and PhD students and journalists or researchers but also to those preparing for A Level Arabic, International A Level in Islamic Studies and qualifications in Turkish.
I have over 10 years` experience teaching Arabic and Islamic Texts and also offer tuition for degree level Islamic History and Islamic Studies, with an excellent track record helping undergrad and postgrad students (such as those studying for Arabic and/or Islamic Studies related exams at SOAS or Cambridge) dramatically improve their grades.
I have a very interactive, patient and engaging teaching style, largely the result of having first hand experience and understanding of the position of those who come to the language as non-native speakers, as I myself did over twenty years ago.
I also have over 10 years of Arabic into English translation experience of press and academic material and of Islamic religious, legal and historical texts for postgraduate students, academics, and researchers.
I am not, therefore, someone who is able to teach Arabic simply because it is my first language, but because I have extensively studied, researched and worked with the language and its attendant religion and civilization in a Western academic context.
I therefore likewise encourage my own students, in particular those from a non-Muslim and non-Arab background, to work under my guidance towards the A level in Arabic and Cambridge International A Level in Islamic Studies, which are both respectable and of sufficiently high standard in their own right and impressive on a professional CV, even for mature adults.
In addition to tuition in Arabic and Islamic Studies, I also offer (1) elementary-intermediate Turkish and Greek (Modern and Classical) tuition, (2) research and translation of Ottoman Turkish and Modern Turkish historical texts and material on Ottoman/Turkish Islam, and (3) editing of English articles/theses by non-native speaking researchers/postgrads in the field of Middle East/Islamic Studies and Turkish Studies and (4) teaching Academic English/IELTS to students of any of these subject areas.
Fortunately, since the relaxation of Coronavirus measures and because I am actually based in London I am now able to resume my full, professional service of in-person tuition for the large number of people in the capital who want to develop a solid command of Modern Standard/Classical Arabic, Turkish or Greek, which cannot be achieved as effectively or enjoyably through online tuition.
When new students book two 2-hour sessions with me I give them a third 2-hour session for FREE.
Unlike most other tutors in London, I have access to classrooms in a University of London campus building in central London, which I can use at no extra cost to myself or my students, and therefore do not have to resort to teaching in noisy and crowded cafes.
Academic and Language Background:
MA in Arabic and Islamic Studies (with distinction) from SOAS, University of London, BA in Arabic with Islamic History from the University of Oxford, PG Cert in Turkish and qualifications in foreign language teaching (including CELTA/PG Cert Teaching English for Academic Purposes and a Certificate in Teaching Foreign Languages).
I am a native speaker of Greek with an advanced command of Turkish as a result of being originally from Eastern Macedonia and Thrace in Northern Greece (from a small town just 10 miles from the Turkish border), a region that has a large, indigenous Turkish speaking Muslim minority. Coupled with my academic background, this has enabled me to acquire an ability to also study, research and teach texts in Ottoman Turkish.
I also, however, have direct family links to the Arab world and Arabic language, since I have one ancestor who was an Ottoman governor of Syria and another who was an Ottoman from Algeria (family links which strongly influenced why I became drawn to study Arabic and Islamic Studies in the first place).
I am currently doing research for a part-time PhD on Islamic Political Theology and Legal Theory, based on medieval Arabic texts.
Additionally, and uniquely among western Arabists and Islamicists, I have extensive experience of traditional Arabic and Islamic learning in the Middle East and North Africa, for example as a longstanding, regular visiting student/researcher at the Qarawiyyin madrasa-university in Fez, Morocco.
I look forward to hearing from interested students.
Nikola / Walid al-Maqduni
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