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Spoken Arabic

Overview

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.

Programs

Language Courses
Academic Programs

Jerusalem

Spoken Arabic Preregister

Enrollment

Open

Dates

Oct 12, 2020 – Feb 8, 2021

Length

4 Months

1 (Absolute Beginners), 2 (Advanced Beginners), 3 (Low Intermediate), 4 (High Intermediate), 5 (Low Advanced), 6 (Advanced)
80 Ac. Hours

Spoken Arabic

Spring

Enrollment

Closed

Dates

Feb 27 – Jun 30, 2020

Length

4 Months

1 (Absolute Beginners), 2 (Advanced Beginners), 3 (Low Intermediate), 4 (High Intermediate), 5 (Low Advanced), 6 (High Advanced), Advanced

Online

Spoken Arabic September

Intensive

Enrollment

Open

Dates

Sep 8 – Oct 8, 2020

Length

4 Weeks

1 (Absolute Beginners), 2 (Advanced Beginners), 3 (Low Intermediate), 4 (High Intermediate), 5 (Low Advanced), 6 (Advanced)
80 Ac. Hours
ILS 2,850

Jerusalem

Fluency in Arabic

Enrollment

Open

Start Date

Sep 1, 2020

Length

2 Years

ILS 26,000 / Year

MA in Near Eastern Languages

Enrollment

Open

Start Date

Sep 1, 2020

Length

2 Years

ILS 26,000 / Year

One-Year Program in Near Eastern Languages

Enrollment

Open

Start Date

Sep 1, 2020

Length

1 Year

ILS 26,000
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Meet the Students

Arantza Menaca

Spain

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.

Spoken Arabic

Stefano Grandi

Italy

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. 

Spoken Arabic

Rotem Ben Shalom

Israel

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.

Spoken Arabic

The Faculty

Courses

Applied Philology Seminar 1: Arabic Folklore & Popular Stories

Applied Philology Seminar 2: Arabic in Media

Arabic Philosophy

Introduction to Arabic Literature

Issues in Semitic Languages

Semitic Palaeography

Speech in Arabic

Speech in Arabic

Spoken Arabic (4, 5, 6)

Spoken Arabic 1 (Intensive)

Spoken Arabic 2

Spoken Arabic 3

Spoken Arabic 4

Spoken Arabic 5

Spoken Arabic 6

Spoken Arabic Advanced