Learning Arabic

Newsletter n°8 January / February 2019

The latest updates, news and highlights on life
in the Levantine Institute of Tripoli

Dear subscribers, 


To this day, we have successfully completed two  - January and February terms. In total numbers, since its establishment in 2017, the LEVIT has welcomed itslargest ever number of students exceeding number 40! 
 

Great results right from the beginning of the year that motivate us to constantly come up with new innovative ideas within Arabic learning process! 



Let´s take a look together at the latest updates! 

ARABIC CLASSES CONTINUE

Arabic learning is in full swing and LEVIT students are making great efforts to achieve desired results. Good continuation! 

UNCONVENTIONAL LEARNING

Beside the regular Arabic classes in the LEVIT, students had again a chance to practise and improve their language skills within their monthly field activity. Cooking classes, common brakfast, volunteering in the local restaurant for underprivileged people...that all was part of their Arabic learning immersion experience in Tripoli. 

History & Caligraphy class
 In January 2019, the LEVIT launched two optional courses - History class with Prof. Ziad Al Koussa from Balamand University and Caligraphy class with Mr. Jihad Mikati from Lebanese Universiity. Both guest lecturers in the LEVIT help our students better understand historical and socio-cultural aspects of Lebanon and broader region. Warm welcome to both of them! 

LIKAAT

Within January and February edition of LIKAAT, our monthly talk, the LEVIT hosted two precious guests. Firstly, our guest Mrs Mia Bou Khaled from Lebanon Support presented their recent Conflict Analysis Project: Understanding Conflictuality in Lebanon devoted to current conflict dynamics in Lebanon. The last edition of the monthly talk entitled Niemeyer´s Legend in Tripoli with Mr. Nassim Naghi, architect restorer and university professor, brought a closer look at the history and development of the Rashid Karami International Fair as well as the importance of the preservation of this unique architectural structure for the Lebanese society. Thank you to both of our guests for their presentations! 

Students in action


The LEVIT students once again showed the willigness to devote time to kids from MAAN and help them develop their skills in different areas - French, English, drama, sport, yoga and art. Volunteering brought a mutual enriching interaction!! 

After all the efforts everyone deserves to relax!!! 


At the end of January, the LEVIT organized a trip to North Lebanon´s mountains. Students visited Bcharre, Gibran Museum, Cedars and some of them even tried their first dabke! 

NEW PROMOTION CAMPAIGNS

During two first months of the year 2019, the LEVIT already launched two promotion campaigns: 

The ANNUAL PROGRAM 2019 - 2020 starting on September 9th. 


For more information about the program click here. 

The LEVIT Summer Scholarship 2019, a fully-funded two months Arabic language program. 

For more information about the scholarship click here

MAAN CENTER

The kids from Maan center keep studying and improving their skills. Daily schedule is busy starting with activities such as French, English, yoga, drama and art class and followed by regular courses. 

Within the monthly field trip, the kids enjoyed beautiful sunny Sunday in the snow! 

This is it for today, we thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you soon at the LEVIT. For any enquiries about our programs and social projects drop us an email at info@levantineinstitute.com or visit our website. 

Best regards,

LEVIT's team

Newsletter No.07 December 2018

Happy New Year!!


Dear friends,


It is with great enthusiasm that we are entering 2019 after a very rewarding and successful year at the LEVIT.
 

Let's start with some highlights and major development here:

  1. The number of our students has increased by 178% this year!!

  2. The LEVIT launched an Annual Program which started in September 2018. 

  3. We set up an exchange program with Lebanese students from Tripoli to practice foreign language with our students.

  4. Many trips were organized all over Lebanon to make sure students will get to spend an unforgettable time with us.  

  5. We launched Likaât, a cycle of conferences with a monthly thematic.

  6. We started History of the Levant and Arabic Calligraphy optional courses. 

  7. The Maan Center is offering our students the opportunity to engage with the community while reinforcing their Arabic.

  8. Partnership with Himaya (NGO)

  9. Partnership with Bibus

  10. More extracurricular activities with the children of Maan, thanks to our volunteers. 

"I had another good term and really enjoyed the class. We have lots of opportunities to practice speaking and to expand our vocabulary, which is great. The class is also relaxed, and the teacher is always extremely supportive and patient so I always feel comfortable and confident speaking and asking any questions I have - which makes a big difference to my learning. Thank you!"  LEVITs student

Learn Arabic is more efficient than ever

Arabic classes have had a constant pace, with motivated groups of students attending our Levantine Immersion program at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as MSA classes. We have included more comprehension exercises based on Lebanese movies, famous TV series, and comedy shows as students explicitly requested the will to engage more with popular Lebanese media. 

Learning is not limited to the class room


Beyond the classroom, teaching activities have included various trips to some of Tripoli’s most renown spots, like the old vegetable and clothes souks, and the XVth century Mameluke soap Khan.
 

Learning hands-on

Our teachers organized listening and comprehension activities, as well as preparing presentations on a variety of topics in order to test and push their speaking and communication abilities, in addition to some workshops and lectures covering several topics like Arabic Calligraphyhistory of the middle east and other topics related to Lebanon and Levantine region.

The Annual Program is already launched!

With 680 hours in total, the aim is to help students achieve high-proficiency in Levantine Dialect and in Modern Standard Arabic (reaching the B2 level at the end of the year) through a complete immersion program in the heart of the Levant, the historical city of Tripoli.

Know More

Some important numbers of about 2018!

  • The overall number of students has increased by 175%!

  • Most of our students are French, British, and Americans, 70% of our students are from these 3 countries

  • 53% of the students are enrolled in the Levantine immersion programs

  • The highest numbers of students are enrolled in the summer and fall terms

Too many trips in 2018 let our students discover the history, culture, and beauty of Lebanon!
We visited Baalbek, Jeita Grotto, Ehden, Kadisha Valley, Shouf Region, Saida, Jounieh, Byblos, and many more places and cities.

At the LEVIT our team will make sure that your experience will be unforgettable!

News From the Ma'an Center

"Bibus", the Goethe-Institut Lebanon's mobile library

We are very happy to launch a new partnership with the Goethe Institute - Lebanon! The BibBus visited the Maan center and the children had the opportunity to discover more than 2,500 books and games. During storytelling workshops, children learned about interactive listening and will be encouraged to tell their own stories. Additionally, the BibBus host's special activities and workshops that foster self-expression through various art-therapeutic approaches, such as filmmaking, drawing, and graffiti.

Partnership with Himaya
 

Hismaya is a Lebanon based NGO working mainly on violence to minors. They have been coming since September 2018 to implement Psycho-Social activities with the children of the Maan Center. 

With the help and cooperation of our students at the LEVIT, who are volunteering at the Maan Center, the activities for the children refugees this year have been increased significantly on both quantity and quality, helping the children with learning languages and other school subjects with activities is the best way to increase their engagement!

The Maan Center has been working for the past five years to provide extra-curricular support for Lebanese underprivileged and Syrian refugee children.

At the MaanCenter we group children according to their educational level. By assessing students at the beginning of the year we are able to see where they excel and where they need extra help. We teach classes in mathematics, sciences, English, French along with Arabic language and geography.

We wish you a very great and fruitful year!!

For more information about our programs do not hesitate to contact us on:
info@levantineinstitute.com


Best regards from Tripoli,

LEVIT team 

Newsletter No.02 - August 2017

Summer is almost over, time for you to discover the latest news about August's term at the LEVIT !

Learning Arabic at the LEVIT

The quality of teaching and the knowledge acquired during classes, added to the immersive atmosphere of the center and the city helped our students achieve great progress in Arabic.

"This is a great place to learn Arabic. The quality of teaching is excellent and the Tripoli option is much better for those who want complete immersion." Enda

Discovering the secrets of Tripoli

Tripoli is the second greatest Mamelouk heritage in the world.
Our students had the magical opportunity to visit the city with guides from the local NGO Utopia. Now the souks, the Great Mansouri Mosque, the Citadel and the Old Baths have no secrets for them !

Activities for the students with the LEVIT

 

This month our students had the chance to discover Lebanon and the Levant through local activities : some went hiking to indulge in the beauty of Lebanese nature. Others, At the institute, gathered for cooking classes and lunches prepared by our very special cook Kawthar.

Volunteering at the Maan Center


Located in the same building as the Institute, the Maan Center provides education support to Lebanese and Syrian children of our neighborhood.
LEVIT students got strongly involved in French and English support classes.