Lebanese

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.06 September 2018

Dear all,

We would like to share with you some of the most beautiful moments of the last terms at the Levantine Institute of Tripoli and our latest updates with the Maan Center.

75 Students from all over the world (as far as Japan) made it to the LEVIT and joined our programs during Summer term 1 and 2 to improve their skills in both MSA and Levantine Arabic!

The academic year is starting with more than 30 students registered in our programs today, last month in September we had 5 classes running and 23 certifications were issued at the end of the term!

This term was very important for us with the launching of the Annual Program which has just started, it is still possible to join us for the 2 last trimesters of 2019 for 2990$ only, get in touch with our team if interested! 

Hisham's testimony, click on the image right under to watch the video! 

A message from our dear student Hesham!

Involve me and I will never forget!
Learning the Arabic names of local food and cooking process is best when it is applied hands on!

Learning Arabic is not limited to the classroom!
We are doing our best to make the term at the LEVIT unforgettable, our students have the chance to visit several historical and cultural places around the country and learn some local words, sentences and traditions. While learning a language, immersion into the culture is a must to get a deeper understanding of the language. 

For the 3rd Edition of Likaat لقاءات on the 13th September 2018, we had a pleasure to host the Director Malek Rasamny who presented on “The Native and the Refugee” as well as screen some short films made during the course of the project.

On another hand. we had an Interactive Documentary presented on October 3rd. Filmed in 2015 in Cairo, “womanhood, an Egyptian Kaleidoscope” is an interactive documentary, an ABC on Gender. Presenting a kaleidoscope of 15 Egyptian women’s perspectives and personal narratives, the film works, along with the women involved, to shed light on chosen words.

NEWS FROM THE MAAN CENTER

As for every term, our students had the opportunity to volunteer at the Maan Center to help in teaching the unprivileged children with languages, drawing, maths, science, sports, and other topics!

38 Children from Syria are coming every day to Maan Center to get help with their homework and foreign languages!
3 Classes are opened for them, 3 full-timer staff and 11 volunteers from the LEVIT students are helping students improve their skills and knowledge!

We also started to offer a daily breakfast for all the Children at the center, thanks to the generous donation of Oeuvres d'Orient.

Last weekend we also took the children for a tour in Akkar for a day trip, they could swim, play and enjoy being a child. Our team, students and children had a great time together. 

When you register with the Levantine Institute, you also finance the Maan Center and make sure tens of children will not be dropping out of school. 

Partnership with Himaya
 

Himaya is a Lebanese Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to making child protection a right across Lebanon. Himaya also supports survivors of abuse and gives them the psychosocial support they need to overcome their experiences.

They will offer 2 sessions a week for both children and their parents on life skills, and social support.

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

Best regards,

LEVIT's team

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Newsletter No.05 - April May 2018


Hello everyone!
Here are the latest LEVIT updates:

 

1.  We have launched Likaât, a cycle of conferences with a monthly thematic. 
2.  Movie projections continue every Tuesday, the perfect way to improve arabic!
3. The Maan Center is still active, offering our students the opportunity to engage with the community while reinforcing their Arabic.
 

Fatima and her students visiting the souks of Tripoli!
 

"I spent two months, studying and living at the institute, and it was absolutely incredible. The amount care and love that goes into running this place was inspiring. Each semester felt like a family by the end, and I really felt myself learning every day. The founders of the institute were hands-on, attentive, and just a genuinely good group of people. I'm so happy that I chose to study with the institute, for me it was really the perfect choice: great balance between quality teaching, good fun, and cultural immersion. I could have asked for much more, except ill be going back for more of the same as soon as I can!" Harry Menzies - student at the LEVIT in February and March 2018

 

LIKAÂT

Likaât, 1st edition of the LEVIT monthly talks
"The new Lebanese electoral law, potentials and hiccups"

 

The LEVIT has set up its very first lecture. The subject was the new electoral law, voted on June 16, 2017. This law, which has been under negotiation for decades, was officially made to fight sectarianism and feudalism. We were very pleased to welcome Mohamad KALAMOUNI, delegate of LADE, and Haniya LAAESH, lawyer, to help us better understand better the Lebanese electoral system.

The talk was followed by the projection of Very Big Shot, a Lebanese movie directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaya that portrays how corruption, criminal activity and politics are intertwined in Lebanon. LEVIT students loved it!

Likaât, 2nd edition of the LEVIT monthly talks
"Palestinian refugee camps: the collective memory of the Nakba"
 


To start our 2nd edition of Likaât, we were very pleased to welcome Dr Kamel Doraï, Research Director of Contemporary Studies department at IFPO (French Institute of the Near East) in Beirut. Dr Kamel Dorai made a presentation of the socio-political dynamics of Palestinian camps in Lebanon and the importance of the Nakba commemoration. Following the presentation, we screened the movie-documentary "The Land Speaks Arabic" by Maryse Gargour. 

Likaât, 3rd edition of the LEVIT monthly talks  
"Black-Palestinian solidarity: history of a convergent struggle"
 


On Tuesday 22nd, we were very happy to have a discussion with Mr Kristian Davis Bailey, journalist, activist and founder of Black 4 Palestine. He went over the connexions and mutual identifications between Palestinians and Black-Americans in their struggles against colonialism and neocolonialism. 
 

PARTNERSHIP WITH BIBUS

"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 hosts special activities and workshops that foster self-expression through various art-therapeutic approaches, such as film making, drawing, and graffiti.

 

NEWS FROM THE MAAN CENTER

In January our students lent a helping hand with the Maan Center in Zehrieh, providing underprivileged children with language tutorials. Here is the feedback of Matthieu, french volunteer:

''We study French with the kids four times a week, for a couple of hours at a time. The work atmosphere is definitely one in a million! We get to spend as much time giving regular classes as we do sitting with one or two of them, doing tailored activities and games. For regular French lessons, we split them up in two to three groups based on their age (which ranges from roughly 6 to 13) and level in French. We prepare our own classes beforehand in relation to their school curriculum and always work alongside another Lebanese/Arabic-speaking teacher, which helps to bring down the linguistic barrier and makes us feel more at ease in class.

We have periodic games and activities to help the children let off steam every week: dancing, pantomime, pictionary etc… This is still a nascent and energetic project, which means that it grows and evolves constantly: any new addition to the team is welcome, as are your ideas as far as the volunteers are concerned, it goes without saying that we all learn a great deal from working with these (not-so-)little devils!''

Want to discover Tripoli ?

We just launched a Facebook album dedicated to photos taken by our students! Check it out

Thank you for following the Levantine Institute of Tripoli's updates. For any questions about our activities and programs, please contact us at : info@levantineinstitute.com

Best, from Tripoli

The LEVIT team

Newsletter No.O3 - September 2017

With the clouds pouring in, its safe to say that summer is officially over! However, with the upcoming news, it will brighten up your day, so let's get to it!

Its been an eventful few weeks filled with arabic lessons, teaching english, cooking classes, eating amazing food, walking around the old souks and finally going on some breathtaking day/ weekend trips around the country!

You can say its been a busy month!

Arabic lessons at the LEVIT! 

Theres nothing better than learning arabic in an arabic country, it really gives the opportunity to develop and challenge yourself to become a better speaker and listener.

With the classes and the incredible help of the teachers, they make you feel at home and make it easier for you to integrate the Arabic language on a daily basis.

'The teaching skills are very useful to integrate into the Arabic environment and really challenges you to adapt to the surroundings and learn the language as best as possible.' - Samir

Cooking with Kawthar!

Theres nothing better than eating some home food away from home, thats why every Monday and Wednesday, we have a special Syrian cook who cooks nearly anything you would like! 

Dishes this month varied from;
Bamya, Baba Ghanoush, Taboula, Rice with Vegetables and a very nice lebanese dish called Mjadarra!

So you'll pleased to know theres a lot more to offer from our specialist cook!

Its also nice to have the opportunity to learn how to cook or even go on a foodie venture with Kawthar to see what ingredients she buys for each individual dish!
 

Volunteering at the Maan Center!

The Maan Center is located within the LEVIT and provides an excellent opportunity to teach Syrian/ Lebanese kids English or French. The classes are open throughout the year, including summer, to provide students the best education extra curricular activites

The Maan Center now hosts up to 60 students per day between the ages 6-12 and aims to maximise the students opportunities in the future. The Maan center is also completely self funded by the institute and are collaborating with NGO's to improve the quality of the courses by bringing in more teachers to accommodate for all level of students.

Help the Maan Center

Trips in Lebanon!

Although Tripoli may seem far up North, it's easier than it seems to travel across the country and visit all the touristic sights and more!

The farthest travelled is to Sour which is the furthest city away from Tripoli and only takes a mere 3 hour to get there by coach.

There are also places to visit in Tripoli such as Palm Island, the souks and the Citadel!

Every weekend, the institute helped out to organise trips across the country. The first weekend, the students travelled to Sour and Saida - there you will find a beautiful beach and authentic souks.

The second week the students travelled to Bsharri, high up in the mountains, where they visited Al-Arz (Cedar woods)  and went on a four hour hike in Qadisha Valley.

For the final full weekend the students went on day trips to Byblos (oldest city in Lebanon and one of the oldest inhabitants of the world), Baalbeck (to see the old majestic roman ruins), Batroun (for the beach) and finally, Tannourine (for one final hike). 

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