Monday, May 23, 2011


SQCC SALAM 2011: Summer Arabic Language And Media

Study Arabic in Oman, the jewel of the Middle East. Our Arabic language pro-grams are internationally-recognized for their superior quality, and our approach is to enable young people to better understand Oman through Arabic language and culture. We bring together emerging young leaders to engage in joint learn-ing and inquiry, cultural exchange, and deeper understanding of common inter-ests and shared aspirations. Classes are intensive and small.

Level: Intermediate (two years of university Arabic or the equivalent)

Instruction: Modern Standard Arabic, media literacy, passive comprehension and active use of ―educated speech‖ (lughat-al-muthaqqafeen) as used on Al Jazeera

Textbook: Al Kitaab fii Taalum Al –Arabiya II (and authentic media material)

Program dates: June 10—July 21, 2011 (six weeks)
Instructors: Native Omani Arabic speakers, with formal AFL training and experience teaching foreign university students and other international audiences

Accommodations: Students live with local homestay families, providing a window into Omani life and culture

Cultural activities: Lectures and films, museum visits, interactions with peer facilitators, participation in homestay family leisure activities

Class size: Two classes, six students each

Excursions: Weekend trips to interior villages and wadis

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 29. Program space is limited to 12.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Syrian Arabic Website

This website mostly promotes the Syrian Arabic language coursebook, Syrian Colloquial Arabic, a functional course, by Mary-Jane Liddicoat, Richard Lennane and Dr Iman Abdul Rahim, which is only available online. Although, this website shouldn't be discounted as simply a tool to promote a book, as a large portion of the book is dedicated to Syria, and travel to / within. 

Mango Languages Online Language Learning

Mango Languages currently has online courses in Turkish, Farsi, Hebrew, and several other languages, but they are also looking to expand into Arabic. If you are interested in working with Mango as an instructor of Levantine or Egyptian Arabic please contact Ms. Pamela Kendall at 248-254-7450 x848 or

"Mango Languages is a great substitute for the Rosetta Stone Language programs since Mango bases their prices on the size of the community in comparison to a projected number is users, which can be incredibly pricey [, also available for individual use]. Not only will teens have fun using this program, it will help them build self-esteem and teach them many things about a culture, which includes manners and how to present oneself when traveling abroad."

About Mango Languages
Many moons ago, when the internet was still young, our founders set out to turn their love of languages and learning about the world into a successful business venture. They were driven to make a better, more effective language learning experience, and wanted to have a little fun along the way. After several years of refinement, refinement, and more refinement, Mango Languages was born. Today, Mango delivers a wide variety of language learning capabilities to people all over the world.

We’re dedicated to helping our customers fill their growing language learning needs with the most effective and fun tools around.

  • We currently serve one in five North American libraries…about 85 million library patrons and growing every day.
  • Many federal and government organizations, including the Department of Homeland Security, The Pentagon, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Health, Marines, Airforce, Coast Guard, and Joint and Special Operations Commands all use the Mango online language learning software.
  • Our system is currently used in elementary, middle, and high schools — both public and private – charter schools, vocational schools, trade schools, home schools, community colleges and universities across North America.
Now don’t get us wrong, we’re pretty proud of these accomplishments! But we’re also just getting started. We’ve got big plans for language learning, and we intend to be a driving force in its future. We’re always on the lookout for ways to make our products better as well as new methods or technologies that can help make language learning even more fun and more convenient for our customers. After all, language learning is all we do!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

École Suisse de Langue Programs in Egypt, Morocco, and the UAE

ESL - Language Studies Abroad (note: ESL is for "École Suisse de Langue", not English as a Second Language), is a Swiss agency specialized in the planning of language study abroad for students, adults, professionals and children. Please note that we are not a regular travel agency, as we don't offer "vacation" packages: we are focused on long term (6-12 months) learning and studying in a foreign country. With a little fun on the side, of course...
Our Arabic language programs offer students the opportunity to live and learn in Egypt, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. We only work with renowned schools which we select with care, and language courses are often completed with cultural or sports activities, sometimes even by a paid job or volunteer work. 
The prestigious Arabic language...a language course to discover it, to improve your skills in it? Whatever your motivations, your level of Arabic, the time you have at your disposal for this Arabic language course, we certainly have a "tailor-made" language course for you. For an intensive Arabic course of a month, for example, or for an entire year of Arabic language courses, our partner school in Cairo or Rabat will certainly offer a perfectly adapted solution to what you expect from a language course for studying Arabic.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bridges: Children, Languages, World program at the Center for the Study of Global Change

Currently seeking individuals with skills in Arabic, ranging from beginner to native fluency, to serve as volunteers and instructors with our language and culture programs!

Contact the Bridges Project to learn about our program and how we can help you to connect with the community, build your resume and participate in a rewarding volunteer experience while teaching language and culture through fun and play-based activities.

If you would like more information,  please contact Kathleen Sobiech at



For four years now NYU has been offering a successful teacher training workshop in Arabic and Persian under the auspices of the STARTALK program.  This year we have added Dari and Turkish.

Applicants to either program must be fluent speakers of both English and one of the subject languages— Arabic, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Turkish or Urdu. They should have at least a bachelor’s degree. It is expected that participants’ language proficiency is at the superior to native level on the ACTFL scale.
Those currently enrolled in an accredited bachelor’s degree program and planning to be teachers are also invited to apply.

The NYU STARTALK program offers two intensive teacher training workshops—one in Hindu and Urdu, the other in Arabic, Dari, Persian and Turkish. Supported by a STARTALK grant from the National Foreign Language Center, these courses are part of a larger, ongoing U.S. government 
initiative to support increased training and education in “critical languages.”

These are intensive, ten-day residential workshops designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of current and prospective school, community, and college teachers of Arabic, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Turkish or Urdu. Participants learn the most up-to-date, standards-based teaching methodologies and are required to develop, observe, and critique classroom procedures, strategies, and teaching techniques. The programs include a cultural component in which participants learn how to use the resources available in the community environment. Classrooms are equipped with audio-visual equipment and classes are held on New York University's campus in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.

The programs were developed collaboratively by the NYU-SCPS Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting department, the NYU College of Arts and Science’s Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The curricula are based on a New York State-approved course, part of the regular curriculum of the Master’s program in Foreign Language Teaching at the Steinhardt School.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 22, 2011, or for as long as space is available
Please mail application material to:
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
New York University
50 Washington Square South, Room 200
New York, NY 10012


NYU STARTALK Summer Intensive program

Givat Haviva the leading institute for Arabic learning in Israel

Intensive Arabic Program in Israel

Givat Haviva has been the leading institute for Arabic learning in Israel for over 60 years. As an institute whose overriding goal is to promote equality and acceptance for all ethnicities, nationalities and religions, Givat Haviva understands that language is often the main barrier between people and cultures. In recognition of this reality, we established the Intensive Arabic Semester - an intensive language and cultural immersion program in which our students learn over 500 hour of spoken Arabic over a five month period as well as volunteer on a regular basis in Arab communities. In addition, our students take part in courses on  that deal with Middle East, minority issues and Israel's history and role in the Near East and on the international stage.

Our next semester begins July 14, 2010 and ends on December 15, 2010 while the Winter program starts on January 15 and ends on the 15th of June.

We are now entering the third year of our Intensive Arabic Semester and would be happy to have your students involved in our efforts at peace building through language learning.

Feel free to write me with any queries and/or have a look at our