Young Adults Department
The Conversation Course
The Arabic Young Adults Department was established in 2017 with the aim of teaching modern and functional Arabic communicative skills to adolescents. To teach Arabic to students who have no pre-knowledge of Arabic, a series has been prepared. Furthermore, to show the affinity between the two languages of Iranian and Arabic culture, the name Bustan al-Arabiya has been used, which indicates the closeness between Bustan-e Sadi in Persian and Bustan Al-Arabiya, meaning Arabic Garden.
In Bustan Al-Arabiyah series, there has been an attempt to use the most tangible and widely used words to teach teenagers, and to design this in a completely situational manner.
There are many advantages to this series including the emphasis on the auditory method and the use of visual intelligence to aid better and easier memorization, the focus of each lesson on one area to help the learners better understand the subject, the employment of various, leveled exercises, the use of color images well suited to the language learners’ mentality, the use of up-to-date animations of Arab countries as well as poems related to the lessons, and the evaluation of the learners’ progress by themselves as well as the teacher during the semester.
This course consists of twelve levels (or terms) in approximately 500 hours. All books are accompanied by audio and video CDs of the lessons.
The learner is expected to achieve the following goals after the end of this course.
1. Gaining the ability to construct correct sentences in the lessons. The aim of teaching this package is not just to learn words but to learn sentences.
2. Remembering basic sentences and words in a conversation.
3. Gaining the ability to ask questions.
4. Acquiring the relative ability to write in Arabic by relying on learned structures and interpretations.
5. Getting full knowledge of the tenses including the past, the present, negative forms as well as the usage of the verbs.
6. Having complete understanding of pronouns, nouns and demonstrative pronouns.
7. Learning the practical rules and applying them for accurate conversations.
1. The Conversation Course
The Arabic Adults Department was established in 1989 with the aim of teaching Arabic in a modern, functional method. It initially started working with the adult age group in two areas of conversation and structure.
This department, consisting of four levels in thirteen terms for approximately 550 hours, is as follows:
1. Basic level (1 term)
2. Elementary level (4 terms)
3. Intermediate level (4 terms)
4. Advanced level (4 terms)
By successfully completing these courses, the learner will be able to speak, read and write texts as well as letters in Arabic.
Sada al-Hayat Series (Echo of Life)
Many students, teachers, administrators, researchers, those interested in traveling to Arab countries or the users of new Arabic media, and the publishers have always lacked some interesting, purposeful and dynamic collection having the essentials needed for language teaching in the field of Arabic language. Iran Language Institute has tried to provide a suitable solution to this problem by producing the Sada Al-Hayat educational series. In Sada Al-Hayat series, which include a language learner's book, a practice book, a teacher's guide, an audio tape or CD, and some instructional videos, an attempt has been made to consider the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of Arabic Language so that they are taught engagingly in line with the functional needs.
Applying variations and preparing the materials by using new and absorbing methods are the highlights of this series. Conversations, interpretations, words, and texts recorded on audio tapes or CDs make it easy to learn the correct Arabic accent and intonation and to improve listening skills.
Sada al-Hayat - The Basic Level
The first book in Sada al Hayat series is related to the basic teachings of the Arabic language. This book includes the simplest conversations, the mostly used simple words, pronunciations of the words in Arabic accent, getting to know diacritic of this language and the ways the words change in Arabic structure as a criteria and prerequisite for taking the next steps.
Sada al-Hayat – The Elementary Level
In this level, the main aim is learning to listen and speak and knowing the language formats while simulating them. Conversing about practical and everyday topics, reading simple texts, knowing commonly used terms and phrases, and learning Arabic structure with a variety of exercises are the important steps that the learners take at this stage.
Sada al-Hayat – The Intermediate Level
This level includes 4 books and 4 booklets.
In this level, based on the relative familiarity of the learner with Arabic language, new areas of this language are taught to him.
It consists of thirty conversations on a variety of topics, more complex texts with glossary, independent listening sections, and commonly used proverbs. This stage, like the previous stage, includes 4 books and 4 booklets.
Sada al-Hayat – The Advanced Level
At this stage, additional Arabic language training and some expansions of vocabulary and complex structures are provided.
Utilizing rich, literary texts and creating a platform for teaching essay and letter writing are other features of the advanced Level.
At this stage, reading and writing skills take priority over listening and speaking skills. However, the existence of independent auditory sections as well as the general atmosphere of the series do not overlook the two important skills of listening and speaking.
The other areas considered for this level are media terminology, poetry and literature, proverbs, translation from Persian to Arabic, and correcting and diacritic.
This level is presented in 4 books to the learners.
2. The Grammar (al-Qawa’id) Course
Education here is done in two levels: General (in 5 academic terms) and Specialized (in 6 academic terms). In the general course, learners learn the general structures of Arabic and complete a course in the structure of Arabic lexis and sentences.
In the specialized course, they learn more precise and complex cases of grammar on a broader level, but with a focus on practical training in the analysis of sentences and phrases, along with the intensive learning of the rhetoric.
The general course of structure is useful for pupils, students, candidates of the university entrance exams and those interested in understanding historical, religious and Islamic texts. The specialized course is for candidates who want to take university graduate courses (master's and doctoral) as well as teachers and researchers.
The duration of this course is about 460 hours and is as follows:
1- General course in 4 levels
2- Specialized course in 4 levels
3. Translation Course
This course is presented in 4 levels and the goal is to help with the necessary preparation to take university entrance exams as well as to qualify for general and media translating. These classes give students the skills needed to take these exams and to understand the Arabic mass media.
4. Levantine (Shami) Dialect Course
Due to the need of Arabic language learners for different dialects, an attempt has been made to take these dialects from Arab countries with scientific and educational methods. The first step taken is to teach the Levantine (Shami) dialect (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan). Efforts to write books on other dialects, such as Iraqi Gulf and Egyptian, will bear fruit in the future.
Shami-dialect classes include 4 terms in approximately 168 hours.
5. Iraqi Dialect Course
Language learners who have completed 4 basic levels can take this course. This course consists of 4 levels and can be useful for pilgrims to the holy shrines in Iraq, businessmen and those interested in the Iraqi dialect. This course can be useful even for Iranians in Iran dealing with Iraqi tourists or pilgrims traveling to Iran for tourism, business or medical services.
6. Basic, intermediate and advanced free conversation courses
Basic, intermediate or advanced language learners can take these classes to reinforce communicative skills on a variety of topics related to everyday life. During this course, language learners are encouraged to practice more conversation and to participate in group conversations as well as to develop scientific knowledge and skills in Arabic conversation on cultural, social, medical, tourism, business, etc. topics.