Semester II 2012 Courses and Programs

 

Course No. Course Title Day Activities

201

Formal Spoken Arabic (Conversation)

Mondays & Wednesdays

Optional Excursions

202 Writing and Reading Arabic - Basic Level Mondays & Wednesdays Optional Excursions

210

Intensive Evening Course Arabic Language (Levels)

Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays

Optional Excursions, Volunteer Work & Homestay

211

Full-Time Morning Course(Levels)

Sundays -Thursdays

Optional Excursions, Volunteer Work & Homestay

230

Arabic Calligraphy

Tuesdays & Thursdays

 

 

 

Dates: Monday the 6th of February 2012 - Sunday the 13th May 2012

Days of the Week: Monday - Thursday

Number of Weeks: 13 weeks

Timing: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (5 teaching hours with one hour break)


Content:

a: Language: The language program is divided into 3 major levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced. All these levels include the four major skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Special emphasis is put on grammar, vocabulary and conversational skills. The standard percentage of dialect is 20%, although many institutions ask for more or less than this percentage. JLA expresses flexibility on this regard n order to meet the different needs of its students. Each level has its standard curricula and textbooks.

B: Culture: Parallel to the language program we have a cultural program that includes Arabic literature, Calligraphy, Archaeology of Jordan, Arabic society, Arabic media, Arabic music, Middle East political issues, Arabic culture (traditions, customs, costumes and Arabic cooking). Advanced programs include language, culture, clubs, and basic courses in translation and interpretation.

Clubs: JLA has the following clubs to encourage students using the language and familiarizing themselves with the culture.

- Chatting Club: students will have the chance to sit and chat with a native speaker of Arabic according to a schedule of topics that enforce the topics they studied in classroom. In this club students will have a more spontaneous conversation and can learn from their own mistakes.

- Book Club: The book club is arranged by your professors. Your professors will suggest an Arabic book to be read every fortnight. The professor will give a general presentation on the blogs on the JLA website. During the week, students and the professor will discuss online the main themes, the plot, the style of the writer etc. This proved to be a very informative and useful method to our students as they can learn a lot from their professors and from each other.

- Cinema Club: In this club, very selective Arabic films and documentaries are presented to our students at a regular basis.

- Cooking Club: One of our enthusiastic teachers will introduce major Arabic and Jordanian and Middle Eastern dishes to our students. Students will participate in preparing dishes and enjoy the food after that. In some cases, if the students' number in a course or program is three or less, we have the right to change the course from a full/part- time format into tutoring format. Students are always welcome to suggest a course to the JLA administration, which will be very positively considered. We are always ready to tune our courses to meet our students’ needs. Please do not hesitate to give us your comments and suggestions so we can be of help to you.

 

Please read more about our courses and programs below. 


Course No. 211: Arabic Language and Culture -Full-Time Morning Course. This course lasts for 10 week full time study of 5 hours a day 3 days a week. It is about 180 hours in total (Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday). The program is designed to give students enough time to experience real life and culture in long weekends. Students may also choose to have one day a week of volunteer work. One day a week will be devoted for optional volunteer work in Jordanian NGOs. Student can have regular excursions to the treasures of Jordan. Every day, students will have language and cultural classes. We intend to make learning an enjoyable activity. Students will enjoy and learn from the cultural program as well as the language program. The cultural program may include classes on, politics, sociology, Jordan archaeology, Arabic music and visual arts, Arabic calligraphy, chatting club, movie club, history, and other topics that are of interest to our students. Students select the cultural topics of interest and we try to find a selection that serves the needs of the majority of our students. This program can be accompanied with optional homestay program where students have a good chance to practice the language and experience an authentic cultural example. It keeps our students involved in language and culture all over their stay. Our full-time morning program comes in levels. After registration, students will be placed in the right level.


Course No. 210 Arabic Language Intensive Evening Course: Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30 -7:30. This course lasts for 8 weeks full time study of 9 hours a week. It is about 70 hours in total (Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays). This is a language program that is concerned with language skills of writing, reading, speaking and listening. Students may also choose to have 1-2 days a week of volunteer work. Every other Saturday, students will have an excursion to one of the treasures of Jordan. We intend to make learning an enjoyable activity.



Course No. 202 Writing and Reading Arabic - Basic Level: Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00.

 

Course No. 201 Formal Spoken Arabic Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00 Monday. This course familiarizes you with the pronunciation of Arabic and the sound system. It trains you on using Arabic phrases and sentences and expressing yourselves in simple formal spoken Arabic that can be used and understood in any part of the Arab world. This course is designed to cover topics of daily use and functions that make everyday life comfortable and practical for non-native speakers of Arabic in the Arab world. Students are expected to speak and express themselves in major daily situations in Arabic by using an adequate range of vocabulary and structures.


Course No. 230 Arabic Calligraphy (32 hours): Tuesdays and Thursdays 


Courses and Programs


We at JLA take the pride to offer the following courses and programs accompanied with our cultural and extra-curricular activities. 


a) Full-time programs: These are full-semester programs that are approximately 200 hours. They come in four (4) levels.


b) Part-time programs: These courses are run on Saturdays and evenings. Usually, they are basic language skills: reading, writing and conversation. We also offer courses in translation and interpretation.


c) Intensive Programs: Is a summer immersion program that lasts about 8 weeks (170 hours). It includes language and cultural courses covering many different topics as in the full-time programs, including clubs and excursions, volunteer work and many other learning activities.


d) Tailor-made programs: JLA offers tailor-made programs that meet the needs of learners. We can arrange programs and courses to one or more students according to their specific and technical needs. We have done that several times for students from different countries and reached excellent results. These courses can be offered anytime of the year.


e) Tutoring: JLA offers one-on–one tutoring in which we use our selected curricula or a designed one according to students’ need and request.


f) Cultural Program: Parallel to the language program we have a cultural program that includes Arabic literature, Calligraphy, Archaeology of Jordan, Arabic society, Arabic media, Arabic music, Middle East political issues, Arabic culture (traditions, customs, costumes and Arabic cooking). Advanced programs include language, culture, clubs, and basic courses in translation and interpretation.


g) Speakers: We have a regular program of guest speakers. Our speakers are well-known distinguished people in many cultural fields.


h) Excursions: Learning Arabic is not restricted to classroom education and weekdays. JLA offers a range of optional full and half-day excursions to nearby archaeological sites, natural treasures of Jordan and cultural activities and events. Your professors, specialized tour guides, or archaeologists will accompany you in your tours. Students will be encouraged to practice their Arabic in these excursions. These excursions can be combined with lessons or private tutoring. Tours are usually arranged in weekends.

 

i) Volunteering: JLA is very keen to find natural cultural opportunities for its students to further immerse in the Arabic culture. Students can strengthen their knowledge of the social life, economic pattern, cultural norms and customs etc, by complementing their language learning experience in an authentic environment far from books and classrooms. We find volunteer work opportunities for our students in the Jordanian institutions. These opportunities are dominated by students skills, commitment, and their backgrounds from one side and the opportunities available in the Jordanian institutions at a given time.


j) Clubs: JLA has the following clubs to encourage students using the language and familiarizing themselves with the culture:


- Chatting Club: students will have the chance to sit and chat with a native speaker of Arabic according to a schedule of topics that enforce the topics they studied in classroom. In this club students will have a more spontaneous conversation and can learn from their own mistakes.


- Arabic Games Club: Students consider this fun time. They can play Arabic games such as word scribble, Arabic words flash cards, backgammon, Mangala, Arabic Karaoke, and many other interesting and educational games.


- Book Club: The book club is arranged by your professors. Your professors will suggest an Arabic book to be read every fortnight. The professor will give a general presentation on the blogs on the JLA website. During the week, students and the professor will discuss online the main themes, the plot, the style of the writer etc. This proved to be a very informative and useful method to our students as they can learn a lot from their professors and from each other.


- Cinema Club: In this club, very selective Arabic films and documentaries are presented to our students at a regular basis.


- Cooking Club: One of our enthusiastic teachers will introduce major Arabic and Jordanian and Middle Eastern dishes to our students. Students will participate in preparing dishes and enjoy the food after that.


In some cases, if the students’ number in a course or program is three or less, we have the right to change the course from a full/part- time format into tutoring format.


Students are always welcome to suggest a course to the JLA administration, which will be very positively considered. We are always ready to tune our courses to meet our students’ needs so please do not hesitate to give us your comments and suggestions so we can be of help to you.


We also run the following courses according to demand institutional needs:

 

Course No. 230: Arabic Calligraphy

Course No. 240: Introduction to Arabic Linguistics

Course No. 244: Arabic Phonetics

Course No. 246: Arabic Morphology

Course No. 248: Arabic Syntax

Course No. 252: Legal Translation

Course No. 250: General Translation

Course No. 262: Journalistic Translation 

Course No. 275: Consecutive Translation

Course No. 278: Interpretation

Course No. 280: A General Introduction to Arabic Culture

Course No. 281: Political Issues in the Middle East

Course No. 283: Introduction to Islam

Course No. 286: Arabic Society

Course No. 288: Arabic Music

A detailed description of these courses can be requested from JLA administration.