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Language Course

Spoken Arabic

Overview

Arabic is the language of 22 Member States of UNESCO, a language with more than 422 million speakers in the Arab world (World Arabic Language Day, UNESCO, 18th December, 2012).

What is Arabic?

The Arabic language can be divided into three varieties:

  • Classical Arabic: considered to be the language of pre-Islamic and Islamic period.
  • Modern Standard Arabic (MSA): derived from the Classical Arabic ,this is the official Arabic language that is taught in schools, universities, used by the media, etc.
  • Spoken Arabic: known also as Dialectal or Colloquial Arabic, constitutes the everyday spoken language with all its regional varieties.

Consequently, Arabic Language exists in a state of diglossia where its two separate registers (written and spoken) are used in different situations in life.

We offer both Spoken Arabic and MSA courses at Polis.

Why study at Polis?

The Spoken Arabic taught at Polis is the Palestinian Urban Arabic used in the central area of the country (Jerusalem), along with some explanations of dialectal issues and differences. The advantage of the Palestinian dialect is its closeness to the formal Arabic in pronunciation and vocabulary, a fact that makes it intelligible in other Arabic speaking areas.

Why study Spoken Arabic?

A new phenomenon is invading the Arabic Language! Starting recently, Spoken Arabic is being written for the first time, mostly thanks to technological innovations. Until now, Spoken Arabic has been taught using the Latin script. In Polis, however, Spoken Arabic is taught in Arabic and written in Arabic. The first course of Absolute Beginners includes teaching the alphabet, and candidates for other levels are required to know the script, Otherwise, they must study it by themselves or ask for private lessons in order to join the courses. Learning the script facilitates an authentic and direct approach to the language, and is a more natural way of introduction into the MSA.

So where to start: MSA or Spoken Arabic?

The answer depends on the academic or practical needs of the student. Starting with MSA, for instance, won't help the student hold a conversation in the street, but will help the student to read texts in formal Arabic.

In fact, most of our students need Arabic for practical daily use, and attend the Spoken Arabic courses.

Registration for both classes is also possible, and recommended for students who find themselves able to distinguish and assimilate the differences between the two linguistic varieties and with the sufficient time to dedicate for studying both courses.

To be fluent in Arabic you need both!

Enrollment

Open

Program Dates

Sep 8 – Oct 8, 2020

Program Length

1 Month

Location

Jerusalem

Program Term

Courses

1 (Absolute Beginners)

Total Hours

80 Academic Hours

Schedule

Mon-Fri 9:00-12:30
No class on Sep 18, Sep 28 and Oct 2

Tuition

ILS 2,800

How to Apply
Fees

Admissions

To be admitted, please follow the application procedure.

  • Fill out an application form
    Online, by email, or in person.
  • Pay the registration fee upon being accepted.
    This fee is part of the total tuition fee, paid to reserve a seat in the course.

Fees

Registration Fee

ILS 350

Students who have been accepted to a program will be asked to confirm their attendance by paying the registration fee which is part of the total tuition fee for the academic year when they begin their studies.

Early Registration Discount

ILS 200

Discount is available for students who register and pay in full by June 17, 2020.

Tuition Fee
1 (Absolute Beginners)
ILS 2,800