The University of Jordan Language Center (UJLC) is one of the leading institutions in the region and the world in teaching Arabic to non-native speakers. UJLC started offering Arabic courses for speakers of other languages in 1979. Since then, UJLC has taught Arabic to thousands of students from all parts of the world. UJLC has become known for its excellent teaching and friendly atmosphere and is committed to providing quality language instruction and over the years, the Arabic program has since grown in professionality and reputation. The Language Center has a vision and a commitment to provide exemplary instruction and extra-curricular activities to all its students to ensure a unique immersion experience. Arabic at UJLC is taught not only through linguistic frames but also through literature, culture, history, media, and common daily life materials.
THE REGULAR PROGRAM
The Arabic program is designed to deliver Arabic language instruction to non-native speakers from all over the world. The UJLC offers six levels, and may offer nine levels based on the results of a placement test, of intensive Arabic (Beginners, intermediate and advanced) throughout the year. The fall and spring semesters last for (16) weeks each including registration and examinations. The summer semester lasts for (8) weeks including registration and examinations. Classes in the regular program run from Sunday through Thursday in two sessions from 9:00 a.m. -12:40 p.m. with a short break between the two sessions. This includes 20 hours per week or around 300 hours per semester for the fall or spring semesters and around 150 hours in total for the summer semester (note: every class hour is 50 minutes). Students will mainly learn modern standard Arabic in addition to Arabic integrated into the program.
Students with previous knowledge of Arabic are required to sit for a placement exam at the beginning of each semester. Those who have not studied Arabic will join level one.
Students joining UJLC with different and diverse cultural backgrounds enrich the experience at UJLC. Students will forge valuable friendships and contacts not only with fellow classmates but also with locals as well. The Language Partner Program (LPP) represents a unique way of complementing what students are studying inside the classroom.
Culture plays a vital role in our program. Through LPP, trips, guest speakers and cultural clubs, students will experience first-hand the richness of Jordanian culture and will have, as a result, a better understanding of Arabic language.
Evening classes are also offered upon request and need.
The calendar can be viewed by visiting this link & course description can be viewed by following this link or through our home page.
In the regular program, textbooks authored by UJLC’s talented instructors are used. UJLC authored six books of Arabic with supplementary materials carefully designed to covers the necessary tools for students to practice and master the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and the sub skills of vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar. The Language Center is a pioneer in the country and the region in authoring its own books and the curriculum has carefully been designed to match and complement the students’ needs, demands and backgrounds.
OUR TEACHING TEAM
Our students come first. That is why they will have the best tuition from the very best instructors – dynamic, qualified, highly skilled professionals experienced in teaching Arabic to speakers of other languages. We aspire to provide our students with the perfect language and cultural experience, and that is why our teachers inspire and challenge students to maximize their potential. Once hired, new instructors are required to undergo extensive classroom and on-the-job training. Our instructors hold Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Arabic and in teaching Arabic as a second language. The intense focus we place on hiring the best instructors for our programs results in not just superior program outcomes, but it keeps our students coming back. Our instructors not only share their experiences but also their passion and devotion to the programs offered by UJLC. Their work is always driven by and focused on student learning.
THE TAILORED PROGRAM
The Language Center also offers tailored courses with private instruction (individual or small group instruction) throughout the year and upon request to those who cannot join the regular program, to students or groups who want to take extra hours of Arabic or to those who want to study Arabic for specific purposes for shorter or longer periods of time.
With this option, students will tailor a course that corresponds to their needs in terms of dates, times, and content. The focus in these courses is on students’ individual needs. Students may study standard or/and colloquial Arabic, media, politics, diplomacy, business, culture or any other discipline in Arabic or in English. The program costs USD60 per hour per group (note: A group consists of 1- 6 students). If the number of students in a group exceeds 6 up to 16, additional USD7 per person will be added.
In these tailored courses, we hire the best in the field to guarantee a worthwhile experience with satisfactory and guaranteed results.
THE QUARTER SYSTEM
To accommodate the special needs of our students, UJLC will offer Arabic classes following the quarter system. Unlike the regular semesters, which are typically 16 weeks in length, a quarter semester is 10 weeks in length including orientation and final examinations, occurring in fall, winter, spring and summer. Students will study 20 hours per week with a total of around 200 hours per semester. The textbook used in this system is “Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al- Arabiyya”.
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