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.”
Included are books and material for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
- Complete the registration form below by clicking on the “Register Now” button
- Reserve a time slot for your placement interview (reservation can be found in the registration form)
- Interviews will be held via Zoom
- After you’ve completed the above our team will get in touch with you while we prepare the schedule
- Please note that between the period of completing these steps and receiving your schedule there may be some “radio silence”. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
2023 Spring Term
When: The week of March 19th to the week of May 28th (note: your classes may not start on precisely March 19th)
4:30pm to 6:00pm (Amman time)
2023 Summer Term
When: The week of June 19th to the week of August 13th (note: your classes may not start on precisely June 19th)
4:30pm to 6:00pm (Amman time)
Important Note: Most students enrolled in Qasid’s core summer program will have their classes sometime between 8:00am and 5:00pm