1. Conversation Courses
Taught by highly qualified language instructors, the primary educational purpose here is to enable learners to use their 4 language skills through audio-visual methods.
The ILI Arabic Department’s Conversation Courses consist of 13 terms in four levels, roughly amounting to 550 hours of education as follows:
1. Basic Level: 1 Term
2. Elementary Level: 4 Terms
3. Intermediate Level: 4 Terms
4. Advanced Level 4 Terms
By passing all the above courses successfully, learners will be able to speak Arabic, read texts in Arabic, and write different texts, including letters.
2. Grammar Courses
Education in this branch is provided in two course of general and specific (each including 4 terms). In general Arabic courses, learners are taught the generalities of Arabic grammar and are also introduced to Arabic morphology and sentence structures.
Specific Arabic courses deal with Arabic grammar in a more detailed fashion, focusing on practical education in analyzing sentences and expressions.
The duration of these course amounts to 340 hours of education as follows:
- General Arabic Courses 4 Terms
- Specific Arabic Courses 4 Terms
3. Translation Course
Divided into four levels with the purpose of preparing learners for taking university entrance exams as well as translation exams, this course teaches learners the skills required for taking such exams.
4. Shaami Dialect Courses
Considering the fact that learners need to master various dialects of Arabic, an effort has been made to teach such dialects from Arab countries by preparing books informed by scientific and educational methodology. As a first step, materials for teaching the Shaami dialect (used in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan) have been developed, and books on other dialects such as the Iraqi Gulf and Egyptian will soon be available.
Dialect classes consist of 4 terms, roughly amounting to 168 hours of education.
Central to learning Arabic language is the focus on 4 language skills (i.e. listening, reading, speaking and listening). In Arabic classes, learners play a major part in class activities, and the teacher has the role of a supervisor or guide; it is the responsibility of learners to study expressions, vocabularies, interpretations, conversational lines, passages, and grammar at home, listen to their CDs, and look up unfamiliar words in a dictionary and use them. Unless learners reach the level of linguistic production by putting themselves in hypothetical situations (such as restaurants, airports, hospitals, shops, parks, etc.) and using the learned materials, they will not be able to retain language in their mind.
Subsequently, learners embark on expanding their knowledge of vocabulary, expressions and language structures by means of using books, supplementary CDs, various storybooks, and educational Arabic websites. It should be noted that learning the Arabic language means living this language, thinking in this language, avoiding translating from Farsi into Arabic in one’s mind, and using the Arabic language outside the classroom and in different situations.
Progressive evaluation of class activities (60%) along with the final exam (40%) consist the students’ final grades. The passing mark is a minimum of 70 out of 100.
Educational and Supplementary Materials
Sad Al-Hayat (“The Echo of Life”)
This series includes a student's book, a practice notebook, a teacher's guide, and an audio CD. Efforts have been made to carry out the education process focusing on listening, speaking and writing through interesting, novel forms commensurating with practical needs.
Sad Al-Hayat: Basic Level
The first book in this series deals with the basics of the Arabic language. This book contains simple conversations, an introduction to frequent Arabic vocabularies, the pronunciation of vocabularies with an Arabic accent, an introduction to basic Arabic grammar, and the transformation of words in Arabic language structures as a prerequisite to the subsequent levels.
Sad Al-Hayat: Elementary Level
The focus at this level is on listening, speaking, and the acquisition of formulaic speech. Conversations about everyday issues, simple passages, frequent vocabularies and expressions as well as Arabic grammar with various exercises are some of the issues taught at this level.
This level consists of 4 books plus 4 workbooks.
Sad Al-Hayat: Intermediate Level
At this level, since learners are relatively familiar with the Arabic language, new aspects of language are taught to them.
Thirty conversations on various topics, reading passages with complicated structures and various expressions and interpretations, an independent listening section, and frequent proverbs are some of the features of the books at this level.
This level consists of 4 books and 4 workbooks.
Sad Al-Hayat: Advanced Level
This level features complementary Arabic language materials as well as the expansion of the range of vocabulary and more complex sentence structures.
Using rich literary texts and preparing the grounds for teaching composition writing, letter writing and translation are some of the other characteristics of the Advanced level.
Media expressions, parts on poetry and literature, proverbs, translation from Farsi into Arabic, editing and applying diacritics are some of the other highlights of the materials at this level.
This level consists of 4 books.
In order to enhance the knowledge of learners, the ILI Arabic Department has developed and published different supplementary materials in addition the main educational materials.
Al-Majmou’at Al-Ghasisah (Story Collection) (1 and 2)
This collection, prepared to develop reading and listening skills of Arabic learners and expand their knowledge of vocabulary, consists of 14 storybooks which have also been developed into a multimedia application. Users can have access to audio formats of these stories as well as their scripts, and this can be an effective way for the evaluation of their listening comprehension ability.
This collection includes movies and educational programs (with Arabic subtitles) produced by Arab countries for expanding learners’ range of vocabulary and giving them a chance to become familiar with Arabic sentences and structures. Learners have the option to remove the subtitles and thus evaluate their listening comprehension ability, or to activate the subtitles to make certain they’ve understood everything correctly.
Shaz Al-Hayat (The Fragrance of Life)
This is the first introductory book to colloquial Arabic dialects with an educational and purposive approach, attempting to provide readers with a basic introduction to colloquial Arabic dialects. In addition to the provision of essential information on different Arabic dialects and their general principles, the first volume of this series deals with the teaching of Shaami colloquial language (used in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan).
Nad Al-Hayat (The Dew of Life) Dictionary
In response to learners’ need for a dictionary that contains the Arabic and Farsi equivalents of the vocabularies and expressions used in the Sad Al-Hayat Educational Series as well as providing an effective way to master the vocabulary throughout the course and simplify their learning, Nad Al-Hayat Dictionary has been compiled in both written and electronic forms, a first in Iran. The electronic form of this dictionary can be installed on computers as well as cellphones. As well as containing more than 7,000 words, 800 expressions plus a visual dictionary at the end, this bilingual dictionary provides both Farsi to Arabic and Arabic to Farsi equivalents.
Shahe Va Ta’alom Book-Film
In response to learners’ needs for audio-visual resources, this book-film consisting of 45 lessons aims to develop learners’ listening comprehension ability. In accordance with the difficulty levels, each 15 lessons, containing their own specific exercises, has been especially tailored for each of the three levels – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.