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Arabic in Real Life Program

Our Arabic in Real Life program focuses on teaching Ammiyya / the Jordanian spoken dialect. Learning the dialect is essential for students to maximize your daily interaction and communication. Students will be able to use Arabic in a multi-cultural spirit which can help them broaden their horizons and widen their social networks. Ammiyya is grammatically simpler than MSA and has a less massive vocabulary than Modern Standard Arabic.

Out of our concern of helping our students in all levels to be more immersed in the society and to have a clear vision about the country, it has been our pleasure to always discuss, receive and respond to our students` various inquiries regarding the Jordanian culture, customs, history, and traditions and to discuss with them the differences between the Middle Eastern and the Western cultures.

This program is suitable for students who start at the Absolute Beginner level with no previous knowledge of Arabic, or for students at the Intermediate level who have previously studied Fusha (MSA) and would like to switch to learn the Ammiyya or the Jordanian spoken dialect, and for students at this level our main focus is on the speaking and the listening skills.

For students at the Absolute Beginner level who join this program, they study our own book (Yalla Nadros Arabi) which has been designed carefully for this level using the Jordanian dialect. It is considered as a survival course (90-100) hours in which we aim at meeting the students` needs. In this book, students focus on common greetings, everyday vocabulary words and expressions that help them to get acquainted, and to be able to express themselves and to interact with the locals in different daily situations. They also learn the basic word structure that includes various grammatical drills to help them speak correctly. This book is accompanied with audio and video through which we introduce our students to different scenarios, listening comprehension dialogues and many more drills that enhance their exposure to the language.

After covering all the topics in the textbook, our students reach to a confident level of using oral Arabic so we move them to the Novice level. As Novice students, they start learning the Arabic alphabets and some basic rules of Arabic writing, they will be able to recognize long and short vowel sounds and pronounce them correctly. In this level the students study the (Alef Baa) book in addition to many different extra writing exercises and separate alphabet charts that we prepare as more reinforcement to the students. Such exercises include asking the students to write their own journals and read them in class while the other students listen, and they are encouraged to spot out any mistakes their classmates may have and to try to check them, the thing that helps them to improve both their oral and comprehension skills.

By completing the textbook (Yalla Nadros Arabi) and the (Alef Baa) book, students are able to speak, read and write in Arabic, so we move them to the Pre-Intermediate level. At this point, we work on improving their fluency, listening, reading and writing skills. At this level they study from the (ARABIYYAT AL-NAAS / Part One Book)

This book has been picked by our team for the fact that it is a comprehensive Arabic-as a foreign language- program. It integrates MSA or Fusha with the Levantine dialect with special focus on the Jordanian dialect in a way that reflects the use of language by native speakers. This book consists of 21 units, two glossaries, a grammar index, video clips, and a companion website. It is also accompanied with a DVD which includes audio materials. The first two units review with our students all what they covered in the previous books (Yalla Nadros Arabi and Alef Baa) so it is an excellent starting point with a new book for a new phase as well, and then units 3 to 21 build on these two units through the introduction of carefully designed videos, reading materials and activities with the goal of developing the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Culture is also an integral part of this book, in addition to the notes on Arab geography and descriptions of some Arab cities, culture is reflected in Emily (the main character of the video clips) and her dealings with Arab speakers of different ages and backgrounds through her personal experiences with airport officials, hotel employees, restaurant waiters, taxi drivers, a roommate and her family and Arab friends.

The material of this book is designed to be covered in about (90 – 100) classroom instruction hours. Students at this level are encouraged to speak and to interact a lot in the class with their classmates and to help them achieving this goal we create different scenarios and supervise the students` performance as they role play them during the sessions

Arabic in Real Life Program at Al-Baher is divided into two levels: the Beginner and the Pre-Intermediate Levels.

The Beginner Level

CEFR

*Start: 0

*End: Speaking and Listening Comprehension: (A2)

            Reading and Writing Comprehension: (A1+)

*Learning Goals:

At the end of this level, students should be able to:

  • Describe and give basic information about themselves (address, telephone number, nationality, family, hobbies etc…) Ask and answer basic questions.
  • Communicate using simple word, phrases and gestures, and have basic understand of the Arab culture.
  • Read and understand familiar words, phrases, and sentences.
  • Write about current program related topics using simple language.

Program Dates & Fees:

Term Start Date End Date Duration Number of Hours Fees 
Intensive Winter Program  2017 Nov,19th Dec, 21st 5 weeks 125

5 hours per day

 

$ 1500

Winter Program 2018 Jan, 7th March, 29th 10 weeks 150

3 hours per day

 

$ 1650

Spring Program 2018 April, 8th June, 28th 10 weeks 150

3 hours per day

 

$ 1650

Summer Program 2018 July, 8th Sept, 27th 10 weeks 150

3 hours per day

 

$ 1650

Intensive Fall Program 2018 Oct, 7th Nov, 8th 5 weeks 125

5 hours per day

 

$ 1500

Intensive Winter Program 2018 Nov, 18th Dec, 20th 5 weeks 125

5 hours per day

$ 1500

 Notes:

  • Students can choose the course that best fits their level, learning requirements and goals.
  • Al-Baher offers skill assessment for the students through placement tests and interviews upon arrival to ensure the accuracy of their program selection.
  • Our group classes do not exceed 6 students.

The Pre-Intermediate Level

CEFR

*Start: Speaking and Listening Comprehension: (A2)

             Reading and Writing Comprehension: (A1+)

*End: Speaking and Listening Comprehension: (B2)

             Reading and Writing Comprehension: (A2)

*Learning Goals:

At the end of this level, students should be able to:

  • Communicate in day-to-today situations in simple sentences by applying different tenses using the spoken dialect.
  • Understand, describe and talk in details about various topics (experiences, feelings, reactions, opinions etc..)
  • Read and understand short and simple texts or messages from friends, and most important info in advertisements containing familiar vocabulary words.
  • Write comprehensible texts on familiar topics describing experiences, events, feelings and reactions.

Program Dates & Fees:

Term Start Date End Date Duration Number of Hours Fees 
Intensive Winter Program  2017 Nov,19th Dec, 21st 5 weeks 125

5 hours per day

 

$ 1500

Winter Program 2018 Jan, 7th March, 29th 10 weeks 150

3 hours per day

 

$ 1650

Spring Program 2018 April, 8th June, 28th 10 weeks 150

3 hours per day

 

$ 1650

Summer Program 2018 July, 8th Sept, 27th 10 weeks 150

3 hours per day

 

$ 1650

Intensive Fall Program 2018 Oct, 7th Nov, 8th 5 weeks 125

5 hours per day

 

$ 1500

Intensive Winter Program 2018 Nov, 18th Dec, 20th 5 weeks 125

5 hours per day

$ 1500

 Notes:

  • Students can choose the course that best fits their level, learning requirements and goals.
  • Al-Baher offers skill assessment for the students through placement tests and interviews upon arrival to ensure the accuracy of their program selection.
  • Our group classes do not exceed 6 students.