ISLAMIC UNDERSTANDING INSTITUTE - Knowledge, Education, and Mutual Cooperation
 
Arabic Language Center
Professional Arabic Program
 Serving the community of
 Bay County
You will achieve your goal
Under the guidance of an instructor from Al-Azhar Institutes,
Arabic Language Center
أهلاً وسهلاً ومرحباً بكم
Ahlan Wa-Sahlan Wa-Marhaban Bikum.
In the Arabic Language Center (ALC), you'll master not only vocabulary and syntax, but how to use the language to engage effectively with the Arab culture. The focus will be on Modern Standard Arabic during your three daily classroom hours, with colloquial dialect. Outside the classroom, you'll select from a wide array of in-language co- curricular activities – including calligraphy, cooking, cinema, music, and the Qur'an – each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural intimacy.
Arabic Facts
In written Arabic, nouns have three different cases and two genders; they can be singular, dual or plural, and unlike European languages, nouns also have a state - 'indefinite', 'definite' and 'construct'
1.Why Study the Arabic Language
Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is the official language of 22 countries and the native language of more than 400 million people. Yet, as of 2005, only 15,000 American college students were studying Arabic, and only a small number of them advanced enough to use the language professionally. Proficiency in any foreign language, especially Arabic, can advance your career giving you a competitive edge in the job market. Many Washington, DC-based corporations, organizations, and government institutions (e.g., World Bank, State Department) list proficiency in Arabic as a required or desirable skill for many exciting careers
Arabic Placement test
The department administers a placement test to facilitate placing students in the appropriate level according to their proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic.  It starts from beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.  The test will be in for skills of language reading, listening, speaking and writing. Students are requested to answer as many questions as they can.
Instructor is professional in teaching Arabic as foriegn langauge ,he knows English,Spanish and native speaker Arabic. 
Activities
At the Arabic Language Center, the learning experience reaches far beyond the classroom and extends into every aspect of daily life. The center's myriad cultural and social co-curricular activities provide enjoyment and cultural enrichment, all while reinforcing the language skills learned in the classroom.
Calligraphy: students learn about the history and different styles of calligraphy, and gain hands-on experience creating their own works of art. The center culminates in an exhibition of student work at the end of the summer.
Journalism: In the Journalism session, students are given a chance to read and discuss news stories from various Arabic-language print news sources.
Qur'an: The Qur'an session offers students the unique opportunity to learn about the holy book of Islam by reading selections in its original Arabic. Students learn about the history of the Qur'an, and deepen their understanding through reading and discussion.
Bible: The Bible session introduces students to selections from the Bible in Arabic. Participants in this session benefit not only from lessons in language and grammar, but also from lessons about the culture and history of Christianity and Christians in the Middle East.
The Torah: The center introduces students to selections from the Torah in Arabic. Participants in this session benefit not only from lessons in language and grammar, but also from lessons about the culture and history of Judaism and Jews in the Middle East.
Cooking: With the help of staff, and members of the ALC, students in the Cooking session get hands-on exposure to preparing many styles of Middle Eastern food. Students work and learn together as they make kunafa, kushari, hummus, and numerous other dishes every Wednesday evening.
Music: Students will gain pleasure to listen to Middle Eastern music styles.
Literature: Reading and discussion of poetry, short stories, and selections from well-known Arabic literary works are the focus of the Literature session.
Library: one of our facilities is the library.  It will provide books for check out to enrich students’ experience and capabilities in researching and executing projects.
Arabic One-On-One General
One-On-One classes can be provided if a student chose.  This can help the student attain a particular level of Arabic in shorter time.
Arabic One-On-One Business
Arabic courses of this type are aimed towards those that need to learn Arabic to aid them with their employment. For those just starting out, it is integral to learn basic greetings and business etiquette; and reading and writing can be adopted once the simple precepts are out of the way. Success has come from students who are involved in import/export, international negotiations and acquisitions, those seeking jobs in multinational companies, and those working with foreign colleagues, academia and bureaucracy. Just our most basic beginners course will have the student finishing the course with basic telephone/e-mail skills in Arabic, as well as survival Arabic should a short stay in the country be needed.
Arabic Group Lessons
The Arabic courses are also available for 2 or more people studying together (Two-on-One Arabic Course or Small Group In-Company Arabic Course). All participants must have the same level, the same business or general language needs and be able to study at the same time in the same location.
Levels of Study
 
Level I
 Beginner Arabic (Three semesters )
The beginning level is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. During the first week, elementary level students sign a pledge allowing them to interact with their instructor in English while in class. In all other aspects of their daily life in the center, beginning level students abide by the full Language Pledge. From the first day of classes, students are exposed to authentic reading and listening materials. They engage in functional activities, often in small groups. Students at the elementary level are introduced to the use of Arabic computer software. Reading assignments from Arabic sources on the Internet are also a feature of this level. Students write long compositions and make oral presentations in class in a way that makes the use of Arabic a natural process and helps students at this level blend in with students from higher levels.
Students are expected to spend between four and five hours outside of class working on assignments and preparing for next day's class.
·       Required Texts
1.     Alif Baa: An Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds.
2.     Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al-Arabiyya with DVDs
3.     Modern standard Arabic Grammar
4.     Arabic Calligraphy "Naskh Script for Beginners"
5.     Translation  book
Level II
Intermediate Arabic (Three semesters)
The objectives of Intermediate Arabic are, in general, to solidify knowledge of the basic rules of Arabic grammar, to expand vocabulary in terms of complexity, and to increase the acquisition of words for active use in a wide variety of topics and settings. Emphasis is placed on the use of authentic reading and listening materials, and on communicative writing and speaking tasks. Usually, there is homework assignments designed to enhance each student's benefit from the cultural activities. At the end of the course, students at the intermediate level are expected to write a composition of at least 200 words. Oral presentations of 5 to 10 minutes are regular activities at this level. In addition, work outside of class requires an average of four to five hours a day.
 Required Texts
  1. Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al-Arabiyya with DVDs
  2.  Modern standard Arabic Grammar
  3. Arabic Calligraphy "Naskh script for beginners"
  4. The Hans-Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Spoken Languages Services
  5. Translation book
Level III
Advanced Arabic (Three semesters)
Students accepted at this level are expected to have mastered language mechanics and possess the high intermediate level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. The course is designed to enable students to attain solid, advanced level proficiency or higher in the various language skills. Readings at this level are extensive and varied in terms of genres and academic interests. They consist exclusively of authentic materials on various contemporary and classical topics in language, literature, and the social sciences. Chapters from books, novels, and lengthy articles form the backbone of this course. Students analyze the stylistic features of different genres and texts. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the nuances of the language and the use of idiomatic expressions and rhetorical devices. Home assignments are varied and typically consist of attending or watching a recording of a lecture, reading a chapter from a book and making an oral presentation in class based on that reading, engaging in a panel discussion with other classmates and one or more of the other instructors in the School, or watching a live TV broadcast (via satellite) of a cultural, historical, political, or religious nature. At the advanced level, students also study the basic structures and phonological system of one of the major colloquial dialects. Students are encouraged to adopt the same linguistic medium that intellectual and educated native speakers of Arabic adopt in their conversations on academic topics. The study of the dialect is uniquely integrated into the general curriculum emphasizing the linguistic realities in the Arab World. Work outside of class requires between four to five hours a day.
 Required Texts
  1. Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al-Arabiyya with DVDs
  2. Modern standard Arabic Grammar
  3. Arabic Calligraphy "Naskh script for beginners"
  4.  Translation book
  5. Adawaat al-Rabt, by Ahmed Taher Hasanein and Nariman Al-Warraki, American University in Cairo Press, 1994
  6. ·The Hans-Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Spoken Languages Services
·        A variety of additional texts selected by instructor.
Course Tuition:
Free Tuition
Classes:-
Winter : January 9th - March 8th 2012.
Spring : April 2nd   - June 25 th, 2012 .
   Timetable for free class:  Monday from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
                                       Thursday from 11:00am - 12:00 pm
Autamn: September 10th - December 10th, 2012.
for more information visit, www.arabiclanguagecenter.net 
237-F West 15 street
Lincoln Center
Panama City, FL 32406
P.O .Box 16477
Panama City
(850) 215 – 4840
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