Qasid’s Ammiya Program (Jordanian Dialect)

Even the most experienced Arabic students will notice something in their first cab ride, or grocery store transaction in Amman: the locals don’t typically use the Fusha. In other words, having a background in the local dialect is one of the best ways for students to maximize their daily interaction and communication whether travelling, studying or working abroad.

This course is crafted to help students master local, everyday language usage, so that they feel better integrated into their regional surroundings, living and working among native Arab speakers in any setting. Ammiya is a recognized as a necessary facet of any student’s progression towards that coveted, native-like language proficiency.

The Course is comprised of five levels

The first level  focuses on speaking practice while introducing students to commonly-used vocabulary, expressions and structures found in Jordanian Ammiya or Colloquial Arabic. It includes expressing and asking about personal information, navigating daily life, getting around town, shopping, dining out, and customary social greetings.

The second and third levels focuses on speaking practice while building a student’s foundation in the commonly-used vocabulary, expressions and structures found in Jordanian Ammiya or Colloquial Arabic. Classroom activities will engage students in practical application through increasingly complex role playing and dialogue to reinforce concepts and use of more varied, nuanced structures. It includes topics central to daily life whether you are expressing or exchanging information related to work, study or recreation, reserving lodging and transportation, or giving personal opinions on common topics. This will help you: –

  • Feel more at ease when interacting with local, native Arabic speakers whilst helping you understand immediate Ammiya usage common on billboards, cartoons, radio, internet and TV and appreciate many interesting facets of Arabic culture.

The fourth and fifth levels build on a student’s solid foundation in Jordanian Ammiya or Colloquial Arabic and aims to take them to higher levels of expression and understanding. Converse and interact with local, native Arabic speakers with greater confidence based on a solid proficiency in colloquial Arabic, Engage Ammiya-based media and advertising (print, online, radio, TV) with comfort and good understanding and Express advanced-level key colloquial vocabulary, and structures in a variety of real-life situations.

  • This will compliment one’s studies in Modern Standard Arabic by teaching how to frame structured arguments mixing between Ammiya and MSA to support opinions, construct hypotheses, and discuss matters of particular interest on specialized topics.

The Academic Director of Arabic Studies at Qasid advises, “When Ammiya is effectively blended with one’s Fusha or Modern Standard Arabic training, there is a real depth and a higher level of Ammiya proficiency, hence complimenting each other.”

 Courses Offered: You will be allocated to a class based on your proficiency level.

There are 5 levels.

Each level is 30 class hours.

When: 2017 Spring term classes are being held from the week of April 9th until the week of May 28th.
Classes run twice a week after 4:00 PM.

Cost: 210 JD for 30 class hours.

Includes books for beginner and intermediate levels and materials for advanced levels.

How: Online registration only by the April 2nd in order that class placements are made.

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Future Ammiya course timings are as follows:

Summer 2017

Course Start & End Dates: The week of July 2nd to the week of August 13th

Online Registration & Placement Interviews: July 2nd to July 6th

Classes will meet twice a week with times of day to be announced.

Fall 2017

Course Start & End Dates: The week of October 1st to the week of November 20th

Online Registration & Placement Interviews: October 1st to October 5th

Classes will meet twice a week with times of day to be announced.

Please contact admissions@qasid.com for additional information.