Arabic for Life.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Languages are alive and give us a deep and abiding connection to both the unity and diversity of living cultures.  We believe our calling is to bring our students to a rich understanding of the Arab people through the study of their unique language and culture.

The gap between the Arab Muslim World and the West has never been wider.  That's why we believe that, perhaps more than any language today, Arabic needs to be studied.  Because, it is only through the study of the Arabic language that one is truly able to understand Arabs and be understood by them.

OUR PHILOSOPHY & APPROACH

At CGE Jordan, it is our underlying philosophy that every student of Arabic should maximize her effectiveness in learning Arabic by utilizing the first-language structure she already possesses and the learning style/s with which she is already comfortable.  There are significant differences between the teaching methodology of the Arabs and those of Westerners.   We aim to remove the learning hindrances that students so often have when studying under Arabic instructors by using methods that conform with what Westerners respond to.

A serious student of Arabic needs to develop abilities commensurate to the level required to interact and relate with Arabic speakers on a professional, relational, and emotional level.  Over the years, we have seen that the majority of students studying Arabic intensively may be separated into two groups, and these are: 1) "All grammar and little speaking" and 2) "All speaking and no grammar".

The first group are usually diplomats from local embassies or university students coming from foreign universities in order to study Arabic abroad.  Their programs are, many times, described as "immersion study" but, because their professor spends the majority of their class time teaching poetry or MSA grammar rules, they never actually learn anything substantive for immersion into local Jordanian life.  The second group is mostly made up of humanitarian workers or expatriates living in Jordan.  They are studying in programs which are on the opposite extreme.  Hours are spent teaching them spoken vocabulary and letting them hear everyday Arabic being spoken, but without practical grammar they find it very difficult to form their thoughts into sentence and extended discourse.  This, more often than not, results in Arabic speakers who know some basic vocabulary but are unable to speak without making many basic errors which produces many misunderstandings and break-downs in communication.

CGE Jordan strives to be a well-rounded and balanced institute.  While we believe in that speaking and using the language is extremely important, we also consider grammar to be a friend and servant of the learner, revealing to her Arabic's secrets which enable her to learn more efficiently and communicate more effectively.  Effective communication means that a speaker can both understand what's being said with accuracy as well as express his thoughts to others without his speech being a distraction to communication.  So, the mastery of what we refer to as "practical grammar" should be important to any serious student of Arabic.  Because, in Arabic, one small dot or one seemingly insignificant accent can change the entire meaning of a sentence.

OUR METHODOLOGY

We always want our methodology to be informed by our philosophy.  Arabic is a very unique language and is learned best when employing a methodology that compliments its uniqueness.  We use an exclusive curriculum entitled, "Spoken Arabic Capsules".  The "Capsules" curriculum is designed to move students along progressively in their knowledge of high-frequency vocabulary and phraseology centered around task-oriented or topical subject matter along with practical grammar principles and drills that build proficiency in the language.  Culture-related material may also be found throughout the Capsules material.

As the student progresses, so does the amount of speaking time he will engage in.  Students in Core Track Study, will be given take-home assignments regularly and all students are encouraged to spend at least five hours per week with native Arabic speakers in Amman.  In addition to regular classes, we periodically offer 3-hour seminars to our students for the following:

  1. The Ten Forms of the Arabic Verb & Its System
  2. The Notebook Method: The Art and Science of Acquiring Arabic Vocabulary & Phraseology

IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY IN JORDAN

At CGE Jordan, we are committed to using our talents and resources for the benefit of the community.  Here are just a few the ways our people have done this:

  • ESL scholarships for Jordanian orphans, underprivileged youth and refugees
  • Humanitarian relief projects for Syrian refugees and impoverished Jordanians
  • Soft skills training for unemployed Jordanian young people
  • Volunteer translation at free medical clinics
  • Our students can be found in dozens of humanitarian organizations and volunteering in many different projects, all for the benefit of the Jordanian people

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