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Advisory Committee

The Arabic Club For Kids’ Advisory Committee

The Arabic Club For Kids has a team of professionals from different threads of the education sector participating on an advisory committee.  It aspires towards the best possible practice in providing Arabic instruction for children, not least by listening to the vision of experienced educationalists.

Jo Eastlake has taught for 18 years with international teachers from various countries including Spain, Vietnam, Thailand and China and the Middle-East. She has helped develop and run a number of teacher training and teacher development courses for teaching languages during her career. More recently she has helped set up and run the Certificate in Teaching Arabic (CTAFL) offered at SOAS Language Centre. She holds a position as Teacher Trainer in SOAS for the Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) for Languages of the Wider World, and SOAS Language Centre. She is currently working on the design and provision of teacher training programmes for languages of the wider world.

 Jo holds an MA in TESOL and  an MSc in E-learning.

Sandra Brouet
 
is the director of Bernard Chase Ltd an independent consultancy specialising in the supply of professional business coaching and training solutions for the childcare sector. Sandra has specialist knowledge of childcare sector developed over a period of fifteen years working directly with children 0-7 years, as an owner manager of after school facilities; children's centre manager; supporting the development of new and existing childcare facilities; training and assessing childcare workers.

Amal Ali is an experienced children’s teacher of Arabic for over 15 years.  She graduated with a BA from Dar al-ulum in Cairo, majoring in Arabic language and Islamic studies.  She has taken significant initiative in trying to improve practice for the teaching of Arabic in the UK by her active role in the previous Avenue school.    She currently works as Lead Teacher and Deputy at The Arabic Club For Kids, and also works on the diploma course at S.O.A.S university.

She graduated with a BA from Dar al-ulum in Cairo, majoring in Arabic language and Islamic studies, giving her a thorough and intricate command and knowledge of the Arabic language system.

Amal holds a BA, Arabic Language and Islamic Studies a certificate from Iqra and Aysyku in teaching Arabic as a foreign language to non-native speakers.

Greg Childs, Greg is the London representative of the Al Jazeera Children’s Channels, and advises the channel on its strategy and programming. Greg has worked in Children's media for over 20 years – mainly at the BBC, where he was a director and producer of children’s programmes.

In 1998 Greg led a team spearheading the BBC drive into digital, launching the first Childrens’ BBC websites and a range of innovative cross-media experiments, including all the programming for young people on the BBC’s first digital television channels. Subsequently he joined the Children’s commissioning team to develop and commission for the children’s channels CBBC and CBeebies, which he launched successfully in 2002.

Greg’s creative R&D unit - Future TV investigated children’s changing media habits in the light of new technology. It was the focus for innovation within the department.

Greg now runs his own company, Childseye, offering strategic and project-based consultancy on the effective use of integrated and interactive media for the younger audience. He also acts a strategic consultant to broadcasdters on a range offissues associated with digital launches and managemen. His clients have included Disney, CiTV, Teachers TV, Zenith Entertainment, SIP Entertainment and Al Jazeera Children’s Channels. Greg is the Executive producer of the annual Showcomotion Childfren’s media Conference, Head of Studies at the Akademie fur Kindermedian based in Germany and a founder member of the Executive of the Save Kids’ TV campaign group.


Nick Bilbrough taught English as a foreign language in Japan, Korea, Brazil, Chile, Finland, Denmark and the United Kingdom. For the past eight years he has worked mainly as a teacher trainer; initailly on pre-service training courses, later at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and now on short specialist courses for language teachers from a wide range of different countries.

He holds an MA in Educational Drama and has done extensive research into the role of drama and storytelling techniques in second language learning. He is the author of the resource book 'Dialogue Activities', published by Cambridge University Press, and is currently working on his second book, about the role of memory in language learning.