Courses for non Native Speakers
Level One

The aim of this course is to introduce students who have no previous knowledge of Arabic or who have a very preliminary experience of it to the basics of Arabic. With this end in mind, students will be acquainted, in addition to the alphabet and the sounds, with the basic words and expressions which will enable them to understand, read, write, and speak Arabic at a beginners’ level.

 

The course begins by placing the learners in the Arabic language environment right away. Students aim to finish the course with the ability to read and write lengthy paragraphs and to communicate predominantly in modern standard Arabic, although some colloquial Arabic is taught to enable the student to understand the language as it is spoken by the majority of people.

 

By the time students have completed the course, they will be able to read and write texts on familiar topics and understand the main ideas, as well as speak about themselves and the environment in Modern Standard Arabic. Moreover, the students will have confidence in their ability to guess the meaning of new words from context, and be able to form and understand almost all the basic patterns of the Arabic sentence.

 

The course also involves regular use of audio-visual materials in Arabic.

 

Topics covered in level one fully integrate the four skills and include: Countries, Continents, Jordanian cities, Directions, Seasons, Months, Days of the Week, Colors, Animals and birds, Plants (vegetable and fruits), Clothes, The Human Body, Family, Transportation, Parts of a House, Kitchenware, Drinks, Furniture, Office equipment, Numbers, City facilities, Jobs/ employment, Verbs (past, present, imperative), Pronouns, Singular and plural, Demonstrative pronouns, Possessive pronouns, Nationalities, Adverbs (after, before, under…), Adjectives, Using the dictionary, Sentence structure and usage.​

Level Two

This level is a continuation of elementary Arabic (level one). In this class students will continue to work on both Standard Arabic and Spoken Arabic (Levantine). The overall goal of this course is for students to speak, read and write Arabic and improve their listening skill. This class will continue to introduce students to the basic structures of both types of Arabic, to expand their vocabulary in key areas and use the vocabulary they study to form sentences and describe what is happening around them. Specific functions to achieve include the ability to write and construct correct Arabic sentences, talk at ease about themselves, food, hobbies, studies, likes and dislikes. students initiate conversations and understand what others say when they speak at a normal pace using words and constructions they have learned. They will also learn a number of social expressions that will allow them to interact in indigenous Arabic situations. Culture will be an integral part of this level and students will learn about Arab culture and habits as they advance in the course.

 

Topics covered in level two fully integrate the four skills and include: extended greetings and civilities, finding an apartment, extending residency, touring downtown, at the restaurant, at the clinic, at the mall, at the bank, at the library, a trip to a Jordanian city, a visit to a friend, broken plurals, demonstrative pronouns, interrogative pronouns, negation, relative pronouns and prepositions.

Level Three

In this level students will be able to read Arabic texts, understand them and express their general ideas. They will also construct cohesively correct sentences describing items or talking about different subjects and actively employ vocabularies in daily life. Speaking and reading are stressed more in this level and a combination of standard Arabic and spoken Arabic will boost students’ self-confidence in their use of the language. Culture topics molded in daily life situations continue to be an integral part of this level. Students are introduced to simple short stories and articles introducing new literary genres that serve the language skills taught at this level.

 

Such topics include: leisure time, sports, reading a newspaper, visiting places, writing about favorite topics, listening to popular TV shows, introducing media items in addition to group speaking sessions.

Level Four

Level four is a completion to what has been taught in previous levels in in terms of the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. In this level, the previous skills are presented in various contexts: social, political, literary, scientific, economic, and historical texts.

 

The students will also study different syntactic and morphological topics such as active and passive voices, active and passive participles, adjectives and adverbs, conjunction, addition, conditional sentences, and numbers.

 

Each unit in the textbook contains exercises related to reading comprehension, dictionary use, and grammar. In addition, it includes listening and speaking exercises that focuses on employing what has been discussed in the texts.

 

The aim of this level is to enrich the students’ vocabulary knowledge by introducing different types of texts which will help them communicate with others in different cultural and scientific situations through standard and colloquial Arabic. Consequently, this will enable the students to understand what they have listened to and summarize it either in a written or a verbal way. They will also be able to read, understand, and discuss different articles in journalistic issues related to the status quo in Jordan and the world. 

Level Five

Students in this level will be able to handle with confidence a large number of communicative tasks. They will participate actively in most informal and formal exchanges on a variety of real topics. Skills in this level tend to be combined and interwoven in order to relate relevant and supporting facts in connected, paragraph-length discourses.

 

They will also understand communicative and descriptive texts. These texts reflect and use the linguistic competencies students have achieved and present the learner with the necessary tools to identify the rich and diverse Arabic culture in which Arabic language is used. This level also builds and enhances students’ language intuition. Students can predict the meaning of new words in context and perform linguistic tasks with substantial proficiency.

 

Students in this level will use the four language skills in a consistent and coordinated way to use language with more confidence and produce well-organized texts and thoughts.

 

Topics in this level include but are not limited to Arabic society, media, current events, debates, expressive writing, translation and journalism.

Level Six

Students in level six will perform all advanced-level tasks with linguistic confidence, and competence. They will be able to explain in detail and narrate fully and accurately in all time frames. In addition, they should be competent to produce a structured argument to support their opinions.

 

This level will boost students’ rhetoric and comprehension through introducing different literary texts. They will analyze news items and discuss current events. This level also introduces students to famous Arab writers.

 

They will write summaries of literary and news items. They will also write extensively about topics relating to particular interests and special areas of competence.

 

All four language skills are integrated into this course to enable students to use language freely and with confidence. Speaking and writing are of great importance in this level.

Level Seven

In level seven, students should understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics. They can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meanings. Analytical thinking is stressed at this level as students use the language skills they have developed to engage in discussions about different topics.

 

They will also develop and use their writing skills in different genres. They will be asked to present reports, articles and essays on a wide variety of topics. Students will also develop their media skills tools and learn how to critically talk about and respond to a wide range of media reports.

 

Functional syntax will be used and will serve the aforementioned skills and goals. 

 

Compiled authentic teaching materials will be used in this level. 

Level Eight

In this advanced level, students are expected to interact fluently with native speakers. They can also produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue. They can give extended warnings, suggestions, recommendations or advice. For example, they can give a detailed suggestion on how to solve a problem. They will be able to write about on variety of topics with accuracy.

 

Students are expected to understand conventional narrative and descriptive texts such as expanded descriptions of persons, places, and things, and narrations about past, present, and future events. Students will understand the main points and supporting details in any given text.

 

Field visits, debates and guest speakers will supplement the aforementioned skills and goals. 

 

Compiled authentic teaching materials will be used in this level​

level Nine

In level nine, students will express ideas fluently and spontaneously and can use language effectively for social, academic and professional purposes and topics of community, national, or international interests making use of the Standard/Spoken Arabic combination. They will also produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. They will be able to explain in detail and narrate fully and accurately in all time frames. In addition, they will be able to handle the tasks pertaining to the advanced level across a variety of topics. They can provide a structured argument to support their opinions, and they may construct hypotheses as well.

 

Students at this stage should be able to understand virtually everything heard or read. They can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstruct arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation and express fluently and precisely and differentiate finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

 

Students should write about a variety of topics with significant accuracy and detail. They can handle informal and formal situations and write extensively about topics relating to particular interests and special areas of interest.

 

Compiled authentic teaching materials will be used in this level.