Spoken Arabic is commonly taught as a second language using the Latin script. The Polis Institute is one of the first academic institutions in the world where Spoken Arabic is taught fully in Arabic and written only in Arabic script. The first course of Absolute Beginners includes teaching the alphabet, while candidates for other levels are required to know the script. This methodology facilitates an authentic and direct approach to the language, and is a more natural way of introduction to Modern Standard Arabic.
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I found the Spoken Arabic class to be very challenging as I came in an absolute beginner with no previous knowledge. Initially I found the immersive method was overwhelming but that made me extra motivated to study everyday. Tthe books were very easy to understand and helpful for reviewing content and the daily homework and weekly exams helped enforce what I learned each day. Since Polis, I can understand more Arabic, and I can express myself, as well as read and write. I would recommend Polis to others, their method is very effective. You can see that the structure of the class has been thought about carefully. I also appreciated that we learned the Arabic alphabet in order to write everything we were learning.
I work with a lot of native Arabic speakers in Jerusalem, and I also have some Arabic speaking friends. I thought it would be helpful for my job and everyday life if I took some classes to gain a stronger command of the language. Polis is a very professional institution, with a solid and well known reputation. I had a positive experience at Polis, the lessons were very lively and never boring, and I had a good dynamic with my classmates and teacher. I would recommend Polis to others. Full immersion in the language and its traditions is the best way to learn. It is also very helpful to interact with native speakers and study in a place where you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge outside the classroom.
Rotem Ben Shalom
Arabic is a language I am constantly surrounded by in Israel and I wanted to be able to communicate with more people. I really enjoyed the dynamic and small size of the class. It allowed for us to advance in the lessons quickly and have a lot of fun. While at Polis my understanding of the Arabic language improved immensely. After only 3 months I now can read and write, my vocabulary has significantly increased, and I can hold simple conversations. I would recommend Polis to others with desire to have a strong command of Arabic. The full immersion method they use has proven effective. The fact the teacher speaks only in Arabic and doesn’t translate is crucial in the learning process.
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