Training Description

This course is designed to teach Arabic and provide insights into the literature, culture, history, and politics of this part of the world. To this end, there exists a set of didactic goals the course is seeking to materialize:

  • Teaching trainees how to articulate, read, and write Arabic sounds (phonemes) as well as providing them with the lexicon, grammar, and structure necessary to develop the four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Introducing trainees to the Arab community in general, and the Palestinian community in particular, in terms of its customs, traditions, geography, cultural and intellectual formation.
  • Furnishing trainees with useful information on Arab heritage and its literary, historical, and ethical elements.
  • Providing trainees with contemporary political, economical, and ecological terminology.
  • Providing trainees with the terminology necessary to understand Arabic language sciences:  ilm al-nahw (‘the science of syntax’), ilm al-sarf (‘the science of morphology’), literature, rhetoric, and criticism.
  • Arousing trainees ‘ interest in learning Arabic as well as building up their perception of its aesthetics.
  • The course focuses on the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • A placement test will be administered to place trainees in different levels.
  • EMTI provides well-skilled and experienced instructors to carry out the course.
  • A well-designed syllabus will be employed in the class in addition to other various training activities designed by the instructor.
  • The course seeks to establish relations between learners in the course and other EMTI trainees to exchange linguistic and cultural knowledge.
  • The course seeks to exclude the second language, learner’s language, in the teaching process, where possible, to enable learners to live in and feel the Arabic language.
  • The course has a special library to provide learners with books and materials to enrich the teaching process.
  • The course also ensures a recreational part for learners by organizing regular/ cultural trips to meet Arabs.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for everyone who wishes to communicate with Arab people, who are travelling or working in an Arab speaking country.

Training Objectives

  • Apply and gain a comprehensive knowledge and skills on Arabic for non-Arabic speakers
  • Focus on developing Arabic communication skills in a specific discipline, such as politics, economics, literature, religion, etc. Trainees learn the discipline-specific terms to become competent in this particular discipline.

Course Duration and Assessment

The training is Thirty Six Hours.

Participants are evaluated through Instructor observation of the reasonable performance of skills. Performance and written evaluations are available and optional for use.

Training Program




DAY 1 – DAY 18

  • Teaching trainees how to properly pronounce, write, and differentiate among Arabic sounds (phonemes). To this end, trainees will be taught a set of sounds shared by Arabic and other languages; mainly, /s/, /d/, /b/, /l/, and /m/, to mention but a few. Whereas, Arabic-marked sounds such as: /ḍ/, /ḥ/, /ṣ/, will be dealt with later on.
  • While learning Arabic sounds, trainees will be introduced to common vocabulary which engages the senses; that is, concrete words. This set of words is mostly presented to trainees by using images. Besides, translation is avoided as much as possible so that trainees can grow accustomed to Arabic sounds.
  • Walking trainees through Arabic grammar fundamentals: diacritics (ḥarakāt), germination (šaddah), definiteness vs. indefiniteness, verb tenses, femininity and masculinity, broken plurals, adverbs, prepositions, and interrogatives.
  • Getting trainees accustomed to reading, writing, and producing simple sentences.
  • Familiarizing trainees with Arabic lexicons and how to use them. This would, in turn, prepare trainees for level two, encourage trainees to become autodidactic, and motivate them to take part in the educational process.

Spaces available on the following dates:


Date: Apr 15-25, 2018


Date: Sep 16-26, 2018


Date: Dec 16-26, 2018

Material given during the training: Compiled translated material related to the course

Before the course

Each delegate will be asked to complete a Pre-Course Assessment Form to determine their current level and objectives for attending the course. The content of such Form will be used by the trainer only to give tailored training that is focused on each group of delegates.

At the end of the course

Each delegate will be asked to complete an Individual Development Plan and Vocational Completion Certificate.