Language Schools in Qatar
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Studying English, Arabic and other Languages in Qatar
It is often easier for an English speaking expatriate to function in Qatar than for a native Qatari. Only the other day I watched an elderly Arabic man struggle to make himself understood in broken English to a Philippine nurse. With the importance of English, it is not surprising that English courses are widely available. However, language courses do not stop there, and you can study a large variety of languages.
Below we have included just a few of the language schools in Doha.
The Language Teaching Institute (night courses)
UPDATED: The Language Institute has now closed, and is taking no further students.
The Berlitz Language Course
Languages taught: English, Arabic, Farsi, Japanese, French, Spanish, Dutch, Russian
German, Italian, Urdu, Portuguese
Address: PO Box 23605
Telephone: +974 44 550 506/44 550 503
Location: Al Hilal - D Ring Road - After the Mall Round about - Facing Kahrama - Villa 86
Course length and frequency: Usually students meet three times a week for one and a half a time. Each level lasts two months.
The British Council
Languages taught: English (Mostly native speakers).
Location: 93 Al Sadd Street
Address: P O Box 2992,Doha,Qatar
Telephone: +974 44 426 193-4
Fax: +974 44 423 315
Course length and frequency: 7 weeks Twice a week Two hours a day
Tests: Regular Ielts tests.
Courses: Young Learners, Adult Learners, Exam Preparation, Business English
English Language Centres
English language centres specialise in intensive courses.
Languages taught: English
Location: 56 Jaber Bin Ghaith Street, near the wholesale markets.
Telephone: +974 44 699 223
PO Box: 22678, Doha, Qatar
Fax: +974-44 685 519
Course frequency: Daily
Course length: Last one month. 7.30 12.30 a.m. 5.30 8.30 p.m
Courses : Intensive English, Business English. Conversation, Summer children's programme.
The French Cultural Centre
Language taught: French
Location: Close to Al Jazi Gardens
Course length: 36 hours meeting 4 hours a week
Tel: +974 44 930 862/63
Languages: English, with a focus on exam preparation including Ielts and Toefl
Location: Al Sadd
Course Length: 18 classes of 2 1/2 hours
Tel: Office +974 44 368 580, Mobile 55 265 032
Both the centres below offer free Arabic courses. They will also hope to educate you about Islam, and maybe even save your souls.
The Qatar Centre for the Presentation of Islam
Location: Madinat Khalifa (South)
Courses: Arabic (free) and Islam
Telephone: +974 44 250 250
Arabic courses: contact Mr Tabet +974 44 250 110
Qatar Guest Centre
Location: Fareej Kulaib area
Courses: Arabic: 3 months
Telephone: +974 44 862 390
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