Programs and Goals
I. The general program for teaching Arabic to Non-Natives
Students willing to study Arabic language & literature need to undergo four levels:
This two-year program is divided into four back-to-back academic semesters and students must complete each semester on its entirety. A semester is comprised virtually of 15 credits per week, to the amount of 3 credits per day. Alternatively, the four levels can be completed in a year and a half if a student opts to study the two long months summer session which falls into 4 credits a day.
This is the most important level of all; it lays the groundwork for students who wish to set sail in the Arabic Language. This level aims at:
The goals intended in this level are as follows:
This level depends on the previous levels and it expands the student’s vocabulary and knowledge of the language and its
grammatical constructions. At this stage, non-native language learners are classified at the intermediate level.
The lessons in this level deal with the verbal sentence which consists of a verb, a subject, and an object, and the nominal sentence which consists of a subject and a predicate. They also deal with certain aspects of Arabic morphology such as the active participle, the passive participle, gerunds, and comparatives and superlatives. The method used in teaching these rules has both theoretical and practical aspects.
At the end of this level, students are expected to
This is the advanced level of teaching Arabic to non-native speakers. At this level, students will have reached an advanced stage in learning the basic skills of language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
This level is a continuation of the previous levels. At this level, everything students have learned in the previous three stages including the syntactic, morphological, and spelling rules, is improved. The students study the passive participle, adjectives, conjunctions, and many other aspects of Arabic grammar.
Students will be placed at this level upon successful completion of a level assessment test, which is held on the date specified by the University administration.
II. Teaching Arabic for specific purposes
This program focuses on developing Arabic communication skills in a specific discipline, such as politics, economics, literature, religion, etc. Students learn the discipline-specific terms to become competent in this particular discipline.
The instruction schedule
In accordance with the instruction system and regulations at An-Najah National University, classes are offered four days a week (Sunday – Wednesday) as follows.
Main features of the "Arabic for Non-Natives" program
1. The program focuses on the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
2. A placement test will be administered to place students in different levels.
3. The University provides well-skilled and experienced instructors to carry out the program.
4. A well-designed syllabus will be employed in the class in addition to other various training activities designed by the instructor.
5. The program seeks to establish relations between learners in the program and other university students to exchange linguistic and cultural knowledge.
6. The program seeks to exclude the second language, learner's language, in the teaching process, where possible, to enable learners to live in and feel the Arabic language.
7. The program has a special library to provide learners with books and materials to enrich the teaching process.
8. The program also ensures a recreational part for learners by organizing regular/ cultural trips to meet Palestinians.
9. The program provides learners with residence upon arrival to the university.
Fees will be as follows:
For more enquires:
lc [at] najah [dot] edu
Dr. Ra'ed Abdul Rahim: rarrabeh [at] najah [dot] edu
Tel : 00972(9)3001432
Fax : 00972(9)2345982