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Center for Arabic Language and Eastern Studies

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Key Information:
Class Size: 1 - 6 people
Destination: Yemen  
Category: Language Schools
Specialty: Arabic  
Season: January - December
Courses Per Year: 12
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 5 US Dollar (USD) per person
Max Price: 125 US Dollar (USD) per person

By choosing us, you choose not only excellent tuition, but also the unparalleled cultural experience that comes from living and working in the midst of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We are devoted exclusively to teaching Arabic. We believe that by specializing we are better able to understand and respond to the needs of our students.

Lessons are based on an integrated approach to language teaching, and communicative and natural learning methods predominate. We rely on linguistic specialists and the latest research when developing our curricula and materials, and we keep all elements under constant review.

While all language skills are promoted, our teaching gives priority to spoken Arabic. We expect students to be able to speak simple Arabic after only one or two lessons and from day one you will be communicating with you teacher and classmates in Arabic. To help you reach the required level of fluency and comprehension, audio-visual aids and computer-based learning support our courses.

Although active communication is heavily encouraged at all teaching levels, we do take into consideration the individual needs of every student, and vary our teaching methods and focus accordingly. More advanced students may request specific areas of study e.g. Qura’anic study, literature or business Arabic.

As a division of the University of Science and Technology we come under the umbrella of the Union of Arab Universities. Credit from the University of Science and Technology is transferable and accepted by various institutions abroad, although universities outside the Middle East may require pre-consultation. We will assist in this wherever possible. On the satisfactory completion of a course, you will receive certification from the University of Science and Technology, Sana’a.

Our Arabic programs are open to students of all levels and abilities and we are happy to accommodate any specific linguistic requirements. By electing to study in Sana’a you will also have the cultural and natural wealth of Yemen on your doorstep. Most students choose to augment their study with cultural trips and the give you a flavor of the wonders in store.

PROGRAMS

Our Arabic programs are open to students of all levels and abilities. There are three terms of 12 weeks per year, and our standard packages consist of 6, 12 and 36 weeks. Privately arranged classes (of one or more students) can begin at any time.

All prices are comprehensive and include assistance finding accommodation, support in obtaining visas and help arranging travel inside the country. A shuttle service to and from Sana'a International Airport is provided free of charge.

METHODS

We use the most effective up-to-date teaching methods in which communication and natural learning techniques are given priority. While this remains our ethos, the exact method of teaching and the linguistic balance is tailored to the requirements of the student or class (depending on the teaching situation). Authentic pronunciation and improved comprehension are promoted through audio-visual materials and practice outside the classroom. Grammar will be taught implicitly or explicitly, according to preference.

As our students progress they are gradually introduced to increasingly challenging tasks that include analysis of the news (TV, radio and newspaper) and open discussions and debates on a spectrum of topics. From an early stage all students are encouraged to express, clarify and justify opinions in Arabic on topics that interest them. Periodically, your teacher will discuss the effectiveness of the teaching process with you. This gives both of you the opportunity to alter the format or emphasis of your lessons, if required (class size permitting).

COURSES

The standard course consists of nine levels. By the end of this course, you should expect to be able to read and understand texts on topics of interest and be able to communicate in everyday situations. This route is designed primarily for individuals and groups who are looking to learn Standard Arabic, either for academic or personal reasons.

For the beginner, classes focus on essential vocabulary and basic grammar (in the early stages grammar is taught implicitly, unless otherwise requested). In the later stages, the focus shifts to more in-depth grammar and a more extensive vocabulary is encouraged. Although all levels follow a set curriculum, the higher levels offer more opportunity for deviation from the course materials. We use additional resources both to help you to overcome linguistic weaknesses as they are identified, and to focus on areas of special interest.

At all stages you are encouraged to make use of the center's location in the heart of Old Sana’a to develop your language skills further. It is impossible to gain a precise understanding of the usage of words without occasionally talking in Arabic to the local Arabs.

Arabic courses for special purposes have been designed to achieve the specially identified aims of the student.

These include courses in:

- The language of politics and literature
- Yemeni dialect and culture
- Arab/Yemeni history
- Calligraphy
- Translation
- Journalistic Arabic
- Arabic for the tourist.

We are always ready to prepare material for other purposes.

Materials
At our school, we regularly cater to students who are required by their university or institute to study certain textbooks or materials. If they are not listed below, please contact us to discuss the matter further. Textbooks are supplemented by a wide range of materials including extracts from magazines, Arabic literature and books on history, economics and politics. A comprehensive range of audio-visual and computer-based materials provide support to all facets of the course.

Evaluation
On arrival, all students who have studied Arabic before sit a placement test. This is designed to assess the level of the student in all areas and ensure placement within the correct level. On completion of each level, an achievement test is administered. The results of this test will determine whether the student is ready to progress to the next level. These tests are also required for final certification.

Although the achievement test is an essential part of the evaluation process, we believe that effective language learning is a continuous process and has many dimensions. As a result, we assess students’ progress across a number of criteria and the results of the achievement test only account for a third of the final grade awarded.

Faculty Information:
Our teachers average 8 years of experience teaching Arabic as a foreign language and have taught students of widely varying nationalities. All our teachers graduated at the top of their university class and most have Master's degrees in either Arabic or English. As a division of the University of Science and Technology, we come under the umbrella of the Union of Arab Universities. Credit from the University of Science and Technology is transferable and accepted by various institutions abroad. On the satisfactory completion of a course, students will receive certification from the University of Science and Technology, Sana’a.

Other Activities:
- Monthly trips outside Sana'a;
- Calligraphy courses;
- Cooking courses;
- Monthly discussions on different topics;
- Family visits;
- Social integration.

Facility Information:
We offer such facilities:

- Washing machines;
- Modern kitchens;
- Bathrooms;
- And areas for relaxation and study;
- Clean sheets and blankets;
- TV, Video, DVD.

Notes:
The program is divided into nine levels, each of which can be obtained in a month. In order to complete each level in a month, we recommend daily either 4 hours for a group, 3 hours for a pair or 2 hours of private tuition. Additional personal study is expected. We can offer discounts for students who come in groups and would like to study in groups.

- Private
2 hrs - $30
10 hrs - $120
40 hrs - $390
120 hrs - $1120
240 hrs - $2100
360 hrs - $2970

- 2 Students

60 hrs - $390 each
180 hrs - $1120 each
360 hrs - $2100 each
540 hrs - $2970 each

- Group 3-6 Students

80 hrs - $390 each
240 hrs - $1120 each
480 hrs - $2100 each
720 hrs - $2970 each

About This Supplier
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Location: Yemen
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2005
Client Request Served: 59

Welcome to our center, where we are dedicated to teaching you the Arabic Language in the heart of medieval Sana’a. The accent here remains the closest to Classical Arabic, enabling you to continue your lessons outside the classroom, right from the word go. As the only institute in Yemen to be affiliated to a...

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