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Jonathan Featherstone

University of Edinburgh


Jonathan Featherstone obtained a B.A. (Hons) in Arabic and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1982. Upon graduation, he worked as Lecturer of Arabic at the Defence School of Languages in Beaconsfield, Bucks and then as Senior Lecturer of Arabic at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has also taught Arabic at ILI in Cairo and with the Danish Army in Copenhagen. In 2003 he obtained his CELTA teaching certificate from International House in London. In 2007 he was appointed CASAW Instructor of Arabic at the University of Edinburgh where he has designed and delivered a programme of Intensive Arabic for MSc and PhD students. In addition to teaching Arabic, his interests revolve around raising the standard of the teaching of Arabic to non-native speakers in universities, colleges and schools. He has designed and led a five-day intensive training programme in the Communicative Approach for Arabic teachers in the UK and the UAE.