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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.


Sherif Hassan Abdelwahab Mohamed

Position:

  • CULP Arabic Teacher
  • Arabic teacher at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (FAMES
  • Lecturer in Arabic at King’s College London

Contact Information

Email: sm2491@cam.ac.uk

Sherif Hassan Abdelwahab Mohamed

Profile

Sherif is a native speaker of Arabic originally from Cairo, Egypt. He obtained his first degree in Semitic Languages from Cairo University in Egypt 1993.

He started his career as teacher of Arabic in Egyptian secondary schools prior his settlement in the UK in 2010. In 2011 he started to work as a freelancer teaching Arabic at all level. In 2015 he obtained PGD in teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from SOAS university of London. 

In 2016 he obtained QTS with London SCITT then he started to teach Arabic as GCSE subject in UK schools. 

He joined King’s College London in 2016 teaching Arabic at all levels and in the same year he joined the Cambridge International Assessment (CIE) team. 

Sherif started to work with the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (FAMES) in 2019 and joined the CULP in 2021