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Arabic Language and Culture Level 1

The course covers the phonology and the fundamentals of Arabic syntax with conversational proficiency as the primary goal. Students learn to read and write the Arabic alphabet and gain proficiency reading and writing simple texts by learning tanvin, shadda, and sun and moon letters. 
Upon completion of this course, students can expect to be able to greet others. They will also become familiar with some cultural issues to enhance their comprehension. Grammatical topics cover definite and indefinite nouns, feminine and masculine, singular, dual and plural forms, yes/no questions, subject pronouns ( I and we),  and adjectives. During this course, students will learn at least 100 vocabulary words. 
Students will also have an opportunity to develop their listening skills through different activities.
(The teacher will supplement the textbook with various resources and handouts).

 

Arabic Language and Culture Level 2

Upon completion of level 2, students will be able to introduce themselves, make requests and describe things. Grammatical topics covered include verbal and nominal sentences, some WH (information) questions, demonstratives, some possessive and subjective pronouns, nisba adjectives, and past and present tense (conjugation for I and we).
They should be able to name colors, seasons, numbers (1-10), some animals and objects. During this course, students will enhance their vocabulary by reading different simple texts and doing puzzles and games.
They will have opportunities to listen to CDs about different topics. Students can also expect to be able to converse with more confidence and will learn about some cultural issues to enhance their comprehension.
(The teacher will supplement the textbook with various resources and handouts).

 

Arabic Language and Culture Level 3

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to participate in basic conversations about a range of everyday activities. They will be able to read and write more complex sentences and they should be able to name some clothes, parts of the body, relatives, places and foods. Grammatical topics covered include adverbs, complete WH questions, complete conjugation of past, present and future tenses, making verbs in negation forms, some propositions, comparative and superlative adjectives, broken plural, and collective nouns. Conversational proficiency continues to be emphasized. Students at this level also begin to improve their reading skills by reading children stories and different texts. They will have the opportunity to listen to CDs about different topics. Students can also expect to be able to converse with more confidence and will learn about some cultural issues to enhance their comprehension.
(The teacher will supplement the textbook with various resources and handouts)

 

Arabic Language and Culture Level 4

In this level, students will build a strong foundation by practice and review of all previous lessons. They will learn to predict the meaning of unfamiliar words based on their context and continue to improve their speaking and listening skills. Grammatical topics include: subject-verb agreement, direct and indirect objects, quantifiers, complete prepositions, and the imperative. They will have the opportunity to listen to CDs about different topics. Students can also expect to be able to converse with more confidence and will learn about some cultural issues to enhance their comprehension.
(The teacher will supplement the textbook with various resources and handouts).

 

Arabic Language and Culture Level 5

Building upon the skills studied in level 4, students will be able to read and understand multi-paragraph texts. This course will help students apply all the grammatical rules that they have learned in the previous courses and they will practice and refine their skills through oral and written exercises. Grammatical topics covered include conditional sentences, imperative, patterns of verbs, etc.  They will be able to comprehend some proverbs, idioms and slang and will learn about some cultural issues. Students will be able to understand some videos in Arabic and then actively discuss them. During this course, students will enhance their vocabulary by reading different texts and doing presentations, puzzles and games, among other activities. They will have the opportunity to listen to CDs about different topics. Students can also expect to be able to converse with more confidence and will learn about some cultural issues to enhance their comprehension.
(The teacher will supplement the textbook with various resources and handouts).

 

Conversational Arabic

This program is designed for students who want to enhance their conversational abilities. It emphasizes practical speaking skills with discussion topics which will be based on the students’ needs, interests and proficiency. Moreover, topics are selected from a wide range of fields including daily life, health, literature, science, politics, culture, religion, etc. This course provides students with the opportunity to improve their speaking and listening skills considerably by listening to a variety of subjects and discussing them. They will be able to comprehend some proverbs, idioms and slang and will learn about some cultural issues.
During this course, students enhance their vocabulary by reading different simple texts and doing presentations, and puzzles and games, among other activities. Grammatical lessons are integrated in response to students’ needs and objectives.
There is an oral assessment test prior to the initial session to evaluate the student’s proficiency level as beginner, intermediate or advanced.
(The teacher will provide various resources and handouts).

 

Arabic Writing

This program is designed for students who want to enhance their writing. It emphasizes practical writing skills with practice writing in different topics which will be based on the students’ needs, interests and proficiency. During this program, they will remarkably improve their vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and comprehension by reading from a variety of resources. Students will be able to comprehend some proverbs, idioms and slang and will learn about some cultural issues. Grammatical lessons are integrated in response to students’ needs and objectives.
There is an oral assessment test prior to the initial session to evaluate the student’s proficiency level as beginner, intermediate or advanced.
(The teacher will provide various resources and handouts).

 

Text

Mastering ArabicSince communication in a foreign language requires an understanding of the cultural context, our aim is to teach you the living language through carefully selected textbooks, newspaper and magazine articles and other relevant materials, rather than have you repeat and memorize tourist phrases.

Over the past thirty years, we have reviewed many university-level Arabic textbooks and have selected Mastering Arabic, second edition (Hippocrene Press) as the one that best fulfill the objectives of our students in beginning and intermediate levels. 


Teachers provide suggestions for texts and supplementary materials at the higher levels. Books may be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Boston University Bookstore, 660 Beacon Street, Boston or on-line on Amazon.com.

 

Tuition

Tuition for the Arabic program at all levels is $419. There is a non-refundable $35 registration fee for first-time students only.

In addition to our core program, we offer immersion programs which cover levels 1 to 5 of our core program in 6 weeks (4 weeks in summer). Tuition for the immersion program is $2,095.

Please note that our immersion program hours may change depending on how many students register for the course. 
 
Immersion Courses Hours
3 or more students 90
2 students 72
1 student 40

 

Schedule

 

Class Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Level 1

Thursdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Level 2

Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Level 3

Tuesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 3

Saturdays

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level 4

Mondays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 5

Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Conversation

Thursdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Writing

TBD TBD

 

Immersion Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Summer Class Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

9:30 am – 11:45 am

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Level 3

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 3

Saturdays

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Level 4

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 5

Fridays

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Conversation

Fridays

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

 

Summer Immersion Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

 

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Contact:

Jasmyne Raneri, Program Coordinator, Foreign Language Programs
617-262-3500 x229 jasmyne@bostonlanguage.com
Foreign Language Department Associate
617-262-3500 x224 language@bostonlanguage.com

Private
Programs

Private instruction offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor at their own pace. The instructor carefully selects materials and plans lessons to effectively meet the student's goals and individual learning style.

Private programs offer a flexible schedule and a customized curriculum. A minimum of 20 hours of instruction with one or two classes (each 90 or 120 minutes) per week is the suggested module, but dates, times and content can be arranged according to your requirement.

Immersion
Programs

Immersion programs are designed to teach the equivalent of levels 1 to 5 of the Institute's regular core programs in one 6-week or 4-week, 90-hour sessions. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 3 hours a day in 6-week programs/4.5 hours a day in 4-week programs).

The main goal of these programs, which meet in small classes of 4 to 12, is to help students, from day one, to increase confidence in their ability to use their new language in a wide range of real-life situations and improve their oral skills as they progress from level to level.

Corporate
Programs

Since 1981, The Boston Language Institute has been serving the language needs of major international corporations, government agencies and leading professional firms.

Our training in over 140 languages, along with our cross cultural orientation seminars and executive coaching, have helped our clients succeed in the international arena. Whether on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting, we work closely with our clients, assisting them to choose a program that best fits their schedule and language needs.