Institute Goals

The Arabic for Non-Natives Institute ‎is specially designed to teach students Arabic while ‎providing insight into the literature, culture, history, and politics of the Middle East. To this ‎end, there exists a set of didactic goals the Institute ‎seeks to achieve.

Institute ‎Goals

First and foremost, we teach students how to articulate, read, and write Arabic sounds ‎‎(phonemes) along with the lexicon, grammar, and structure necessary to develop the four ‎language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Furthermore, we emphasize ‎cultural competence in our students by introducing them to the Palestinian community, its ‎customs, traditions, geography, and cultural and intellectual formation. These ‎opportunities also provide students with useful information on Arab heritage and its ‎literary, historical, and ethical elements. Our Institute ‎aims to produce students who are ‎able to use their language skills in a variety of personal and professional settings, and as ‎such we equip students with a strong background in contemporary political, economic, and ‎ecological terminology. In addition, we emphasize the vocabulary necessary to understand ‎Arabic language sciences:  ilm al-nahw (‘the science of syntax’), ilm al-sarf (‘the science of ‎morphology’), literature, rhetoric, and criticism. ‎

Our multifaceted approach provides students with a broad, in-depth understanding of the ‎Arabic language and culture, putting aside students' native language as much as possible ‎and encouraging students to experience Arabic first-hand by interacting frequently with ‎native speakers. Our courses instill in students not only an understanding of the Arabic ‎language, but a greater understanding and capability of language learning in general. ‎Above all, we seek to ensure that students are meeting their own goals for language ‎acquisition and cultural awareness, allowing us to produce confident and proficient ‎speakers, listeners, readers, and writers of the Arabic language.‎