Intensive Arabic Program 2020 (Beirut and Amman). Situation update on the programme during COVID-19 sanitary crisis.
The intensive Arabic programmes are organised by IFPO’s department for Medieval and Modern Arabic Studies (Département des Études Arabes, Médiévales et Modernes / DEAMM de l’Institut Français du Proche-Orient) under the responsibility of Pauline Koetschet (Fellow researcher, Director of DEAMM). They are aimed at people who wish to deepen their knowledge of the Arabic language and culture on a personal or professional level (students, defense staff, journalists, NGOs, etc.). Each year, Ifpo’s intensive Arabic language courses welcome trainees from all over the world.
Ifpo’s intensive courses offer in-depth language and cultural training to trainees (students or non-students) who have already taken an academic or assimilated literal Arabic language course (MSA / fushâ) corresponding to one of the following profiles:
- Profile 1 = advanced: between 400 and 600 hours of Arabic (MSA) at least (from 3 years of Arabic)
- Profile 2 = intermediate: between 250 and 400 hours of Arabic (MSA) (+/- 2 years of Arabic)
- Profile 3 = post beginner: between 150 and 250 hours of Arabic (+/- 1 year of Arabic/MSA)
Ifpo does not offer courses to beginners in literal Arabic (MSA).
In 2020, 3 intensive programs are open for inscription.
An exceptional online course in July 2020.
Due to the exceptional situation created by COVID-19, Ifpo cannot hold face-to-face instruction programmes in its premisses in Beirut nor Amman throughout the month of July 2020. However, drawing on the experience that we have gained since the beginning of the crisis on distance learning, we have developed an alternative online offer. The fees have been modified.
A few words about this exceptional online session.
The courses are given in Arabic by Lebanese, Jordanian and Syrian teachers whose Arabic is the mother tongue and has a solid experience of teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Students are placed according to their level in small groups (6 to 10 persons) and receive 15 hours of classes per week for 4 weeks. Exceptionally, this offer includes private courses as well: 5 hours of individual classes a week, and 10 hours of collective classes. Two days prior to the beginning of the course, the students accepted are evaluated orally in MSA. These tests, which take place during the pre-entry, allow students to be placed into groups of level in both MSA and dialect. Syrian-Lebanese or Jordanian dialect (grammar and expression) teaching is also offered (beginner level accepted), as an individual course.
The collective courses will take place between 9 a.m to 11 a.m (Beirut time) / between 8 a.m to 10 a.m and distributed as follows:
|Grammar MSA||3 hours|
|Media (print and broadcast)||3 hours|
|Written expression||2 hours|
|Oral expression||2 hours|
|Oral expression||2 hours|
|Dialect/press/grammar/written expression/oral expression/modern literature||3 hours (these courses can be mixed)|
The course will take place from the 1st of July until the 29th (Week end: Saturday / Sunday).
The registration fee is 950 euros (€) for this course. Tuition fees must be paid in full no later than 15th June 2020.
For the time being, the intensive courses in September (Beirut and Amman) are maintained.
September course in Beirut, Lebanon: From the 3th September until the 30th September 2020 included. The oral tests to place the students into the different level groups and the pre-entry meeting will take place on 1st and 2nd of September morning (attendance for the test is obligatory). Week end: Saturday / Sunday.
September course in Amman, Jordan: From the 3th September until the 30th September 2020 included. The oral tests to place the students into the different level groups and the pre-entry meeting will take place on 1st and 2nd of September morning (attendance for the test is obligatory). Week end: Friday/Saturday .
The courses are given in Arabic by Lebanese, Jordanian and Syrian teachers whose Arabic is the mother tongue and has a solid experience of teaching Arabic as a foreign language.
Students are placed according to their level in small groups (maximum 12 people) and receive 25 hours of classes per week (5 hours a day for 4 weeks) for a total of 100 hours of Arabic.
When they arrive at Ifpo, the students accepted are evaluated orally in MSA and dialect. These tests, which take place during the pre-entry, allow students to be placed into groups of level in both MSA and dialect.
The intensive course of Arabic offers several level groups in literal Arabic (MSA) and Arabic Syro-Lebanese and Jordanian.
It should be noted that it is possible to be a beginner in dialect, so a student can be placed in the most advanced level group in literal Arabic (MSA) and in the beginner group in dialectal Arabic or vice versa, his placement depending on his results in the written test conducted remotely and oral tests of literal and dialectal carried out on day of pre-entry.
The course offers 25 hours of group courses in the following areas (offer adapted to the profile of the student): MSA grammar, written expression and comprehension, oral expression and comprehension, reading and dictation, written press, audiovisual press, social issues, modern history, classical and modern literature. Syrian-Lebanese or Jordanian dialect (grammar and expression) teaching is also offered (beginner level accepted).
Terms and Conditions for Applying for Beirut & Amman (July and September)
Candidates for intensive courses (July in Beirut and Amman / September in Beirut) must send their complete enrolment application as soon as possible, by e-mail to the following address:
The transmission of the registration file must be submitted:
- no later than10th June 2020 (deadline) for the online courses of July .
- no later than 30thJuly 2020 (deadline) for the September’s session.
The file submitted must necessarily include:
- an applicant information form (download below) + 1 identity photograph scanned into 1 single PDF file.
- an Arabic written test (MSA) (to download below) and return as a single PDF file. The test is obligatory. Three levels of testing are available for download: you must download the one that corresponds to your profile (1, 2 or 3).
- download the single application form 2020-2021 (Beirut and Amman)
- download the Arabic language test (Beirut and Amman)
It is fundamental that the test be carried out according to the formulated conditions: 3 hours, dictionary authorized. Attention, if the candidate fails to finish his test under the conditions of time (3h), he must send it as is. Anyway, the accepted candidates will be tested on their arrival, during pre-re-entry days: oral tests (literal and dialectal), and this in order to divide them into groups of levels. If the trainee is a beginner in dialectal, he will only be tested in MSA.
|Warning! the number of places is limited in Beirut as in Amman and the number
of requests is important, we advise you to send us your application file (by email) as soon as
possible. If the courses are full, candidates may be placed on the waiting list or
may be proposed on the other site (Beirut or Amman).
Incomplete applications will be refused
The tuition fees must be paid in full as follows:
- 950 euros(€) must be paid in full no later than 15th June 2020, for the Arabic online courses of July 2020.
- 1 200 euros(€) must be paid in full no later than 10th August 2020, for the intensive course of September 2020.
The amount paid will not be refunded in case of withdrawal, except for medical or professional reasons (duly justified). If payment of the full registration fees is not made by the dates indicated, Ifpo authorizes you to cancel your registration.
Payments are made according to Ifpo payment terms specific to each country (please read the payment terms, available below for download). Bank transfer remains the simplest and fastest method of payment, the Ifpo bank account in France. You can download the Ifpo RIB (IBAN) below.
- download the payment terms for the Arabic online courses of July 2020
- download the payment terms for the intensive courses of September 2020 for Beirut and Amman
- download the Ifpo RIB / IBAN
Students are expected to find their own accommodation prior to their arrival, the Institute provides them with up-to-date information on the addresses of apartment and room owners recommended by trainees of previous sessions. Trainees can also access practical information via social networks. We strongly advise to arrive in Beirut or Amman at least one week before the beginning of the courses to settle some formalities and to find an accomodation.
Trainees must be present at Ifpo before the start of the session to take the oral test (see pre-re-entry dates / calendars available for download).
For all information concerning visas, sanitary/living conditions and security issues for Jordan and Lebanon you should consult your country’s foreign office website, specifically the page ‘advice for travellers’ (http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/conseils-par-pays/liban/ or http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/conseils-par-pays/jordanie/ ). Equally, you can visit the Jordanian/Lebanese embassy in your own country.
Director of DEAMM
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : + 961- 1- 420 291 /292/293/298
Institut Français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo)
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BP 11-1424, Beirut, Lebanon