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Why Study Arabic?

Knowledge of Arabic, today more than ever, opens before the student many opportunities. Arabic provides a gateway to international careers in both the public and private sectors. Foreign language knowledge is essential for people who work in international development, human rights, government service, diplomacy, and journalism, and few languages are as constantly in demand as Arabic. Arabic proficiency is also invaluable for research and advanced studies in a variety of academic fields: from history, literature, and religion to linguistics and political science.

Along with opening up diverse career opportunities, Arabic is the mode of expression for one of the world’s most ancient, varied and dynamic cultural traditions. From the pre-Islamic odes of Arabia, to the latest hip-hop anthems and graphic novels, the Arabic language ties together an unparalleled living culture. One of the fascinating characteristics of Arabic is that despite large transformation of the lexicon brought about by modernity the structure of the language is surprisingly consistent across the centuries. Students who study and master Arabic will have access to over a millenium of cultural wealth.

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1-Mainstream Program

The Mainstream Program is MLC’s general Arabic language program. This program follows the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), offering levels of study from A1 (basic user) through to C2 (proficient user). Students’ proficiency will be assessed upon arrival, allowing placement in the appropriate level.

Each course consists of four hours of daily classroom instruction. Classroom time is broken into two sections: one practical conversation class, and one grammar, vocabulary, and language instruction class. Students can choose from morning or evening sessions, with the four hours of instruction running either from 09:15-13:05 or 16:15-20:05.
Class size will depend on student enrolment, but may vary between one and seven students.

2- Colloquial Arabic (CA) or Ammeya

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Our Colloquial Arabic Program comprises of six levels, all of which are designed to help students converse in Ammeya in situations which occur in daily life. The focus of this program is speaking, and throughout the six levels, students will master the ability to discuss cultural and historical aspects of Arab life, express opinions and use compound sentences, describe places and people, learn valuable vocabulary for everyday shopping or emergency situations, and much more.

3- Arabic for Special Purposes (AFSP)

  1. Classical Arabic Diplomats’ Program
  2. Understanding the Middle East
  3. Arabic for Media
  4. Arabic Grammar (Nah’w)
  5. Quranic Recitation & Memorization
  6. (Tajweed and Hifiz)
  7. Arabic and Islamic Culture
  8. Studies Arabic Calligraphy

 

This course is designed for students who wish to continue their Arabic studies and already have a strong foundation in the language. Students who have been studying for two or more years have the opportunity to achieve an in-depth focus of a specific topic. This topic will be explored through extensive reading and listening materials, with discussion on the detailed source materials to enhance the student’s study. The topics currently covered by AFSP are as follows.

• Classical Arabic

Classical Arabic, or Quranic Arabic, is the form of the Arabic language which is used in literary texts from Umayyad and Abbasid times (7th-9th centuries). Classical Arabic is based on the medieval dialects of various Arab tribes.

• Diplomats’ Program

This program is designed to help diplomatic personnel improve their Arabic language skills, specifically addressing the needs of the language they face within their daily operations at work.

• Understanding the Middle East

This program is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of Arab culture, history, politics, and The Formation of Arab Reason.

• Arabic for Media

Demand for speaking Arabic at a level which allows a student to understand media has increased since the Arab Spring revolutions and Arab-Israeli conflict has thrust the Middle East and Arab culture into the media spotlight. MLC seeks to meet this increasing demand through the Arabic for Media program, a course focussing on Arabic-language media, economics, and politics.

• Arabic Grammar (Nah’w)

This is a course focused on helping a student gain an advanced understanding of Arabic grammar. Students will focus on understanding and practicing Nah’w, and analyzing syntax, word, and phrase functions in sentences.

• Quranic Recitation and Memorization (Tajweed and Hifiz)

In this program students in an intimate environment with instructors, generally a one-on-one or two-on-one classroom approach. Student’s Arabic level and background are taken into consideration when forming classes.

• Arabic and Islamic Culture & Studies

During this course, students focus on learning about many different cultural aspects of the Middle East. Topics covered include different religions of the Middle East, traditions and habits of Arab and Islamic culture, historical and modern events, and famous figures in Islamic history.

• Arabic Calligraphy

In this course students learn the long-standing Arabic tradition of ornamental Arabic writing, and explore different styles of Arabic calligraphy.

All courses run five days a week, from Sunday through Thursday.

Short Arabic Courses

  • The short courses last for one month.
  • Two hours of daily.
  • either from 9:15-11:05 or 11:15-1:05 PM in the morning or in the evening 4:15-6:05 PM or 6:15-8:05PM .

The fee of the short course is $650 including books.

 

Full Arabic Courses

  • The full courses last for one month and consist of four hours of daily instruction.
  • Times are 9:15 AM-1:05 PM or 4:15-8:05 PM.

The fee of the full course is $1030 including books.

 

Interested students should confirm booking and payment of deposits one week prior to arrival.

Note:

In order to be admitted into the Arabic course, you are required to sit for MLC Placement Test.

The Placement Test
can be taken weekdays from:

9:00 – 12:00 p.m. , or
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Placement Test Fee of JD 25

 

For any further details please contact us at: mlc@mlc.edu.jo

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All about homestays

Homestays are a form of independent housing that MLC supports and facilitates for future students. Many students, seeking to improve their conversational fluency, and longing for a first-hand view of the host culture, may feel that a home stay with a local family is the best way to achieve this. But there are many considerations to take into account when judging if such an arrangement is best for you. Homestays can indeed offer benefits. However, due to the inherently subjective nature of cross-cultural, home stay dynamics, many students find themselves dealing with some predicaments and challenges and this should not be ignored.

Advantages of homestays:

  • Experiencing full language immersion outside the classroom.
  • Improving one’s colloquial dialect, and acquiring an accent.
  • Gaining an insider’s perspective on regional customs and experiencing Jordanian hospitality.
  • Establishing lifelong friendships with the host family.
  • Expanding one’s personal connections and ties in the region. This may be helpful if one has hopes and aspirations for future employment or residency within Jordan or elsewhere in the Middle East.

Possible challenges and disadvantages

Students opting for homestays must understand the dynamics involved in such a decision and the different factors affecting their everyday lifestyle while staying with a Jordanian family. Although home stays guarantee language, cultural and custom immersion, students must approach the idea with an open, tolerant and accepting mindset. It is a very educational and interesting experience where families and students will come face-to-face with their expectations and standards. However, clashes may occur due social, cultural, religious and economic differences.

  • Students may face a potential loss of autonomy if the daily norms and traditions of the home’s residents impose what the student deems to be excessive restrictions on their independence.
  • On another extreme end, students can find themselves being treated too much like a paying guest – closer to a landlord/tenant circumstance – if there is a lack of inclusion in the family.
  • A clash of expectations may also come about if a student anticipates a greater variety of food and flavors than the modest fare found in many local homes.
  • Depending on whether the family is conservative or not, they may place lifestyle impositions upon the student, such as limitations on bringing guests of the opposite gender to the home, prohibitions on drinking, and requested modesty of dress.

Advantages and disadvantages will vary accordingly and depend on whether the family is conservative, traditional, and reserved or more open and modern. So, it must be emphasized that a student specifies the type of lifestyle and the type of family he prefers to prevent problems from arising in advance, and MLC facilitates this through its research-based interview process with the future student and prospective host families.

Tips

We encourage all students to consistently strive to engage themselves with the local culture outside of class times. However, every student differs and MLC understands this so homestays could possibly be a bad option for you.

If you are a student who

We recommend living with roommates of similar interests or backgrounds for the first academic term in Jordan. A progressive and gradual immersion process are best for you to give you time to adjust yourself to a new culture and world and prevent inconveniences, accidents, and cultural clashes. One of the best ways for students to do this is by

  • Slowly forming friendships or establishing a connection at least with your instructor or Arabic teacher or people you see regularly at MLC
  • Extending friendships with local people outside MLC that you see regularly in the neighborhood, or by finding a language partner.

If you follow this advice, after the initial quarter or two, you’ll likely feel more confident about your growing knowledge of local mores and your Arabic speaking abilities, and thus be better prepared to embrace the homestay experience.

Costs and payments

Host families typically charge a student between 350 and 450 JD monthly, which most often includes amenities, wireless internet service, all utilities, and at least a couple of meals per day. So, in addition to buying any extra groceries for yourself, your other recurring expense will be the taxi fare to and from campus, which might amount to around 50 JD monthly. The distance and locations at which most host families reside relative to the MLC campus naturally vary, but in general, they are within a 10 minute cab ride away in reasonable traffic. MLC also has an administrative fee for coordinating home stay placements, which is discussed below.

Safety and precautionary tips

Perhaps the most important wisdom we can offer is to strongly dissuade students from making their own homestay arrangements with families who are strangers. We can share more than one story of an optimistic student who found a host family on the internet through a social networking website or an online real estate service offering rooms for rent, who – after an unsettling or even threatening encounter with their host – ended up coming to MLC asking for help to get out of the home and into more secure accommodations.

The well- being and safety of our students is the highest of MLC’s concerns. Therefore, amply aware of the potential risks involved, the institute follows a precautionary process which consists of:

MLC has a 100 JD facilitation fee for each home stay to cover a portion of the staff hours required in these logistics. It is a priceless value when one considers the steps MLC takes – such as coordinating with local partner organizations to avoid placing students into black-listed host families – which simply cannot be undertaken by students themselves.

Instances of harassment or harm arising while in a home stay are certainly not the norm, but it can happen. So we relay the possibility as a reality, not to create alarm, but to honor our responsibility of due diligence hoping you will not be one to whom it happens by making independent arrangements. The vast majority of home stays we facilitate are rewarding and culturally educational on a variety of levels, which is what we earnestly want yours to be if you choose that option.

 

Closing remarks and guidelines

We would like to remind students that homestays are actually a form of Independent Housing, in which MLC acts only as a facilitator for a student to meet potential host families. The responsibility for, and results of entering into a rental agreement with a host family rests solely on the student. That being said, you should also know that MLC will not leave you in the lurch in the unlikely event that something goes awry and you feel a need to move out. In such a case, to the extent that the institute is capable and within applicable legal processes, we will assist on your behalf to either resolve whatever issues have arisen or to aid you in finding new accommodations if needed.

As a closing note,

Please be aware that the availability of host families is limited, so if you feel strongly about pursuing such accommodations, please affirm that with us as soon as possible so that we can tentatively reserve a family for you.

 

Still need help? Contact Us

Students staying in Amman on a budget have to plan expenses ahead of time and with food prices, rough estimates and an overview of options can be very helpful.

Amman just like any other city has a range of products and prices depending on the stores, time of year and the food group. Students can rest assured knowing that they have many options and places to choose from. They can buy groceries from a range of small shops, convenience stores and vegetable stands which are placed in the center of every neighborhood and are at a comfortable walking distance. These small stores are slowly offering a huge selection of products which were once only available in larger supermarkets. Supermarkets or hypermarkets are also an option as they regularly offer deals and carry a wide selection of international and health-conscious foods but at a higher base price of course.

Tips:

  • Buying fruits and vegetables, especially from vegetable stands, can be extremely affordable and students can expect to pay less than 20JDs for a month’s amount of fruits and vegetables. However, students may find that it is better to shop daily or weekly for these products to prevent food spoilage or wastage.
  • Canned and packaged products including pasta along with household hygienic products can cost up to 60 JDs a month.
  • Buying bread and dairy products are one of the relatively cheaper food items and students can expect to pay about 15 piasters per kilo of bread.
  • Buying meats from larger supermarkets may be better for fresher and cleaner varieties. Students may expect to pay about 15 JDs for chicken and 30JDs for meat per month if they eat a meal of meat or chicken every other day.
  • There are falafel stands (a sandwich usually costs about 30 qirsh) and coffee shops, as well as Arab and Western style chain restaurants. If you eat out for two meat meals a day, you can expect to pay about 150 to 250 JD per person per month.
  • The average price of meat in a restaurant is 18 JDs per Kilo and if you find that it costs more, you are in an expensive restaurant.
  • Cooking your own food, however, can drop the cost significantly up to 100JD per person or less.

Still need help? Contact Us

All about homestays

Homestays are a form of independent housing that MLC supports and facilitates for future students. Many students, seeking to improve their conversational fluency, and longing for a first-hand view of the host culture, may feel that a home stay with a local family is the best way to achieve this. But there are many considerations to take into account when judging if such an arrangement is best for you. Homestays can indeed offer benefits. However, due to the inherently subjective nature of cross-cultural, home stay dynamics, many students find themselves dealing with some predicaments and challenges and this should not be ignored.

Advantages of homestays:

  • Experiencing full language immersion outside the classroom.
  • Improving one’s colloquial dialect, and acquiring an accent.
  • Gaining an insider’s perspective on regional customs and experiencing Jordanian hospitality.
  • Establishing lifelong friendships with the host family.
  • Expanding one’s personal connections and ties in the region. This may be helpful if one has hopes and aspirations for future employment or residency within Jordan or elsewhere in the Middle East.

Possible challenges and disadvantages

Students opting for homestays must understand the dynamics involved in such a decision and the different factors affecting their everyday lifestyle while staying with a Jordanian family. Although home stays guarantee language, cultural and custom immersion, students must approach the idea with an open, tolerant and accepting mindset. It is a very educational and interesting experience where families and students will come face-to-face with their expectations and standards. However, clashes may occur due social, cultural, religious and economic differences.

  • Students may face a potential loss of autonomy if the daily norms and traditions of the home’s residents impose what the student deems to be excessive restrictions on their independence.
  • On another extreme end, students can find themselves being treated too much like a paying guest – closer to a landlord/tenant circumstance – if there is a lack of inclusion in the family.
  • A clash of expectations may also come about if a student anticipates a greater variety of food and flavors than the modest fare found in many local homes.
  • Depending on whether the family is conservative or not, they may place lifestyle impositions upon the student, such as limitations on bringing guests of the opposite gender to the home, prohibitions on drinking, and requested modesty of dress.

Advantages and disadvantages will vary accordingly and depend on whether the family is conservative, traditional, and reserved or more open and modern. So, it must be emphasized that a student specifies the type of lifestyle and the type of family he prefers to prevent problems from arising in advance, and MLC facilitates this through its research-based interview process with the future student and prospective host families.

Tips

We encourage all students to consistently strive to engage themselves with the local culture outside of class times. However, every student differs and MLC understands this so homestays could possibly be a bad option for you.

If you are a student who

We recommend living with roommates of similar interests or backgrounds for the first academic term in Jordan. A progressive and gradual immersion process are best for you to give you time to adjust yourself to a new culture and world and prevent inconveniences, accidents, and cultural clashes. One of the best ways for students to do this is by

  • Slowly forming friendships or establishing a connection at least with your instructor or Arabic teacher or people you see regularly at MLC
  • Extending friendships with local people outside MLC that you see regularly in the neighborhood, or by finding a language partner.

If you follow this advice, after the initial quarter or two, you’ll likely feel more confident about your growing knowledge of local mores and your Arabic speaking abilities, and thus be better prepared to embrace the homestay experience.

Costs and payments

Host families typically charge a student between 350 and 450 JD monthly, which most often includes amenities, wireless internet service, all utilities, and at least a couple of meals per day. So, in addition to buying any extra groceries for yourself, your other recurring expense will be the taxi fare to and from campus, which might amount to around 50 JD monthly. The distance and locations at which most host families reside relative to the MLC campus naturally vary, but in general, they are within a 10 minute cab ride away in reasonable traffic. MLC also has an administrative fee for coordinating home stay placements, which is discussed below.

Safety and precautionary tips

Perhaps the most important wisdom we can offer is to strongly dissuade students from making their own homestay arrangements with families who are strangers. We can share more than one story of an optimistic student who found a host family on the internet through a social networking website or an online real estate service offering rooms for rent, who – after an unsettling or even threatening encounter with their host – ended up coming to MLC asking for help to get out of the home and into more secure accommodations.

The well- being and safety of our students is the highest of MLC’s concerns. Therefore, amply aware of the potential risks involved, the institute follows a precautionary process which consists of:

MLC has a 100 JD facilitation fee for each home stay to cover a portion of the staff hours required in these logistics. It is a priceless value when one considers the steps MLC takes – such as coordinating with local partner organizations to avoid placing students into black-listed host families – which simply cannot be undertaken by students themselves.

Instances of harassment or harm arising while in a home stay are certainly not the norm, but it can happen. So we relay the possibility as a reality, not to create alarm, but to honor our responsibility of due diligence hoping you will not be one to whom it happens by making independent arrangements. The vast majority of home stays we facilitate are rewarding and culturally educational on a variety of levels, which is what we earnestly want yours to be if you choose that option.

 

Closing remarks and guidelines

We would like to remind students that homestays are actually a form of Independent Housing, in which MLC acts only as a facilitator for a student to meet potential host families. The responsibility for, and results of entering into a rental agreement with a host family rests solely on the student. That being said, you should also know that MLC will not leave you in the lurch in the unlikely event that something goes awry and you feel a need to move out. In such a case, to the extent that the institute is capable and within applicable legal processes, we will assist on your behalf to either resolve whatever issues have arisen or to aid you in finding new accommodations if needed.

As a closing note,

Please be aware that the availability of host families is limited, so if you feel strongly about pursuing such accommodations, please affirm that with us as soon as possible so that we can tentatively reserve a family for you.

 

Still need help? Contact Us

Students staying in Amman on a budget have to plan expenses ahead of time and with food prices, rough estimates and an overview of options can be very helpful.

Amman just like any other city has a range of products and prices depending on the stores, time of year and the food group. Students can rest assured knowing that they have many options and places to choose from. They can buy groceries from a range of small shops, convenience stores and vegetable stands which are placed in the center of every neighborhood and are at a comfortable walking distance. These small stores are slowly offering a huge selection of products which were once only available in larger supermarkets. Supermarkets or hypermarkets are also an option as they regularly offer deals and carry a wide selection of international and health-conscious foods but at a higher base price of course.

Tips:

  • Buying fruits and vegetables, especially from vegetable stands, can be extremely affordable and students can expect to pay less than 20JDs for a month’s amount of fruits and vegetables. However, students may find that it is better to shop daily or weekly for these products to prevent food spoilage or wastage.
  • Canned and packaged products including pasta along with household hygienic products can cost up to 60 JDs a month.
  • Buying bread and dairy products are one of the relatively cheaper food items and students can expect to pay about 15 piasters per kilo of bread.
  • Buying meats from larger supermarkets may be better for fresher and cleaner varieties. Students may expect to pay about 15 JDs for chicken and 30JDs for meat per month if they eat a meal of meat or chicken every other day.
  • There are falafel stands (a sandwich usually costs about 30 qirsh) and coffee shops, as well as Arab and Western style chain restaurants. If you eat out for two meat meals a day, you can expect to pay about 150 to 250 JD per person per month.
  • The average price of meat in a restaurant is 18 JDs per Kilo and if you find that it costs more, you are in an expensive restaurant.
  • Cooking your own food, however, can drop the cost significantly up to 100JD per person or less.

Still need help? Contact Us

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The MLC has developed a unique curriculum, which combines various teaching methods and curricula to help students build confidence in their command of the Arabic language. To help build a thorough command of the language, classroom instruction takes a balanced approached to the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

MLC currently utilizes the Al-Kitaab and Alef Baa book series as textbooks, allowing for a seamless transition between MLC and study of the Arabic language in the student’s home country, or an excellent additional resource for language learners.

 

Our Mission

To deliver Arabic language and culture lessons professionally to non-Arabic speakers to be used as a means of constructive dialogue between Arabs and other nations.

  • To provide a true and clear image on the Arab and Islamic world in general and Jordan in particular.
  • To improve your Arabic through intensive language courses comprise Modem Standard and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic.

 

Arabic Program Goals

The MLC prides itself on a strong Arabic Language program, with goals as diverse as the students who study here. The purpose of our program is to foster proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) to a level that would allow for a student to converse comfortably in major subjects and disciplines, and to push students to understand Arabic texts, including news media, literature, and Islamic texts, as they advance beyond the rudimentary levels of language acquisition.

Students studying at MLC have the unique advantage of being able to learn the Jordanian dialect of Arabic, a dialect that allows the student to understand other Arabic dialects from the Middle East, as well as Classical Arabic, with relative ease.

Students are placed in an environment that not only encourages language acquisition, but also encourages the acquisition of Middle Eastern culture and history. This is accomplished in and outside of the classroom, through host families and MLC-sponsored trips.

 

Why study at the Modern Language Center?

1-Location
2-Accreditation
3-Resources for Students

The Modern Language Center is the oldest language institute in Amman, and its reputation and rigorous course load have led to its accreditation by CaMLA, the Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments.

The administration strives to meet the needs of the students from arrival to departure in Jordan, making their stay as easy and stress-free as possible. Students receive an orientation about life in Jordan upon arrival, as well as resources such as a Lonely Planet book to help them navigate the country independently as well. Our staff members are happy to assist students in addressing any concerns they have while living in Jordan, including extending their visas for the duration of their stay.

Teachers are professional Arabic-as-a-Second-Language instructors, and aim to help students gain a thorough command of the language. Teachers work extensively with students to address their personal goals for improving their Arabic language skills, and aim to ultimately prepare students for an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

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