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Staff List - CULP Arabic Team

Lydia Collings

Position:

  • CULP Arabic Coordinator and Teacher

Contact Information

Email: lc411@cam.ac.uk

Lydia Collings

Profile

Lydia, originally from Beirut grew up in Lebanon and France and is a native speaker of Arabic and French. She obtained her first degree in Political Science from the American University of Beirut, and later studied English literature at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

She came to the UK in 1999 where she began her teaching career and later acquired her PGCE from the University of Greenwich. Her teaching experience is wide-ranging and includes GCSE and A level teaching in state schools in Cambridge, as well as language teaching in Adult and Higher Education.

She joined the University of Cambridge Language Centre in 2005 as a French teacher and started teaching Arabic in 2010.  She has focussed her expertise on teaching and developing the Arabic courses the centre provides.

Alongside being a passionate teacher of languages she also loves sculpting and painting.  She completed a BA in Ceramic Design from the Glasgow School of Art, and when she’s not teaching she enjoys sculpting in her studio, getting her inspiration from walking and running in the countryside.


Farida El-Keiy

Position:

  • CULP Arabic Teacher
  • Language Teaching Officer in Arabic at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (FAMES)

Contact Information

Email: fhmze2@cam.ac.uk

Farida El-Keiy

Profile

Farida’s career started in the field of teaching and training in 1989.

A holder of a BA degree in Psychology at the University of Alexandria, a TAFAL Certificate for Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language grade (A) from an affiliate to the International House in London. She is also accredited as an Advanced Certified International Trainer by the Management Institute of Canada in Montreal.

Prior to joining the University of Cambridge in 2014, Farida was a Teaching Fellow in Arabic at the University of Edinburgh. She also served as a professional Arabic Instructor at the American University in Cairo, School of Humanities and Social Studies. Farida headed the Arabic department at the British Council, Cairo before she established “Kalimat Language and Cultural Centre”.

Farida designed a literacy project to combat illiteracy in Egypt, which took place on the pavements and streets of Cairo.