- Intensive ten-week program equivalent to one full academic year; split into two five-week sessions
Immersion experience abroad rich with cultural activities, film screenings, lectures and educational trips around Jordan
Open to all qualified students (traditional and non-traditional)
Meets FLAS fellowship requirements
Set in the lively and historic neighborhood of Jabal Amman, the Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture offers students the opportunity to study for the summer in a rich immersive environment. Our summer program fully incorporates Arab cultures into the curriculum with lectures, film screenings, cultural activities, language partnerships and educational trips around Jordan.
Furthermore, our communicative, proficiency-based curriculum integrates Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine dialect to get students interacting as native speakers do, even from the earliest proficiency levels. Based on the methodology of the popular Al-Kitaab textbook series, students systematically practice all four linguistic skills in their core classes and can seamlessly transition to our coursework from that of their home institutions. For more information on what successful students will be able to achieve at each course level, please visit the following link.
Building on our belief that languages are not learned solely through textbooks, we offer content courses based on a variety of authentic materials at all levels as part of our core summer curriculum. Beginner level students enroll in an introductory course to Jordanian culture, where students are taught the fundamentals of Colloquial Jordanian Arabic through different thematic units relevant to daily life in Amman. Students at the Intermediate and Advanced levels are given the choice for the content course taught in Arabic that best suits their interests and linguistic needs. Course offerings for the Summer 2017 sessions include:
An Arabic Kitchen: Cooking around the Arab World
Divine Geometry: An Introduction to Islamic Calligraphy and Arts
The Syrian Crisis: Its Formation, Current Status and What Lies Ahead
Contemporary Arabic Literature and Poetry: A Seminar
Palestine and the Palestinians: A Survey of Modern Palestinian History and Voices
Jordanian Society and Culture: Colloquial Jordanian Arabic through the Media
Our program and teaching staff are committed to offering a rigorous academic and intellectual environment that challenges students to engage both linguistically and culturally. For every challenge, however, we are there to offer support and guidance along the way. With daily open tutoring and weekly office hours, Sijal hosts a warm and friendly environment where students and teachers alike form a close and encouraging community.
Intensive ten-week summer program equivalent to one full academic year; split into two five-week sessions, with option to enroll in one or both sessions
Competitive cost of attendance
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced coursework integrating instruction in MSA and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic
Content courses based on authentic materials offered at all proficiency levels as part of the core curriculum
Communicative teaching methodology that emphasizes all four language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening
21 contact hours per week, for a total of 105 hours per session (five weeks) and 210 hours for both sessions (ten weeks)
Daily open tutoring available for additional review or homework assistance
A dynamic calendar of events comprising lectures, film screenings and other events related to the history, politics and culture of the Arab world
Weekly trips around Jordan aimed at exploring the country’s rich natural and human heritage
Professional, experienced and supportive teaching staff trained in the latest Arabic language pedagogy