Special Arabic Courses

Special Arabic Courses

Private lessons upon request

A special course for foreign politicians and consuls: Special programs for politicians and ambassadors who work in consulates and embassies of foreign countries in Jerusalem and want to study the Arabic language to communicate with the local Arab population.

– Topics upon request: Considering our past students’ desire to learn more topics than offered in our standard courses, we are introducing the opportunity to take a specialized short course (15 hours over a regular semester). Topics will include Arabic poetry, Palestinian poetry, Holy Land churches and mosques, Palestinian political parties, and many more topics upon request.

– Media Arabic (advanced level for journalists): This course is designed for students who have reached a high level in Media Arabic and want to advance their listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. The course will also have an emphasis on perfecting the right pronunciation of Arabic. This course is for students who have studied Arabic for at least 3 years. Students at this level are expected to learn and use vocabulary items that belong to different genres (political, historical, religious, financial, etc.). The students are also expected to produce written pieces that reflect a higher level of complexity and style. Writing or speaking for a specific purpose or unique audience is emphasized. The students’ reading level will reflect this higher level of complexity. Students are expected to produce oral and written presentations where new and old syntactic rules and structures are utilized.

– Spoken Arabic (advanced level):  This course is designed for students who live in the Arab world, already speak Arabic, and want to improve their speaking skills. Students in this course will also sharpen their pronunciation of the Palestinian dialect. This is an upper-level course for students who can already handle basic communication skills in Colloquial Palestinian Arabic and are ready to work on more advanced conversational skills such as talking about current events, and expressing abstract ideas and opinions. The teaching and learning process in this course is communication-based and the emphasis is placed on context. Students are required to watch TV broadcasts of cultural, historical, and religious programs, analyze more complex topics, present their analysis orally in class, and engage in lengthy discussions with classmates.