Lebanon

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.04 - January 2018

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we are entering 2018. Last year was an excellent beginning for the LEVIT with a total of 89 students joining our Arabic programs from May to December!  
 

Some major developments happened the past 3 months:

  1. We moved the classrooms to the other side of the building, expanding accommodation capacity. 
  2. In collaboration with a local organization, we relocated the learning center for children one block away from the institute. 
  3. Our team expanded with 3 new teachers! 
  4. We were selected by the United Nations program Entrepreneur 4 Social Change (E4SC) and participated in a 10 day training in Turin. 
  5. In collaboration with Utopia, a local NGO, and Mercy Corps Lebanon, LEVIT started a program to raise awareness among Tripoli's new generation informing them about recycling and waste management. 

More details below! 

Barry Sadid - December student at the LEVIT
"I was with LEVIT for their 4 week Levantine Immersion course in December. The city is cheap, the food is good, the people generous and the architecture charming, if decayed. The culture of the institute itself is one that is open to the city, the opposite of the bubble you might find elsewhere. The students I found already there were, like the institute, deeply involved in the social life of city, their local networks formed by work, volunteering with the various voluntary projects for social good the institute has going and just being nice and chatty in general. The teaching and teachers were excellent - the levels of Arabic found in a class can be uneven, but this is offset by small class sizes of three to five people, with individual lessons always an option. I can only speak for my sense of safety as a young man, but I never felt threatened in the city, day or night. And Beirut is never more than two hours away. Highly recommended."

Arabic lessons at the LEVIT


Arabic classes have had a constant pace, with motivated groups of students attending our Levantine Immersion program at beginners and intermediate levels, as well as MSA classes. This month we have included more comprehension exercises based on Lebanese movies, famous TV series, and comedy shows as students explicitly requested wanting to engage more with popular Lebanese media. 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.
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 XV century Mameluke soap Khan.

Maan center relocated

The Maan Centre has been going through some structural changes in the last few months, as the premises of the Centre were moved from the Institute’s building to a new location, one street away, still in the same neighbourhood of Zehrieh. Arabic, French and English classes for Syrian children grade 3 to 6,  have been taking place at a normal pace despite the disruption caused by the transfer. Around 60 children are registered at the Maan center and 20% of LEVIT's benefits is invested into this project. 
Other students have been very active with the local NGOs providing English lessons, with "March" in the Beb Al Tebbeneh neighbourhood or with "Seeds" in Mina giving french lessons to Syrian refugees. 

Help the Maan Center

E4SC Turin November 2017

 

Selected out of hundreds of social entreprises, the LEVIT got the chance to take part of a 10 day training in Torino, Italy in November 2017. Along with 24 other participants, we gained visibility and a solid network from this experience. Huge thanks to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Fondazione CRT for making this program an excellent opportunity for young entrepreneurs to build solid basis for growth.  
Check one of our video here! 

Turning a dump site into an awareness green space for recycling 

Tripoli has major waste management issues and certain habits need to be changed. As for any change in societies, it has to come from the new generation. 
In partnership with Mercy Corps Lebanon and Utopia, we rehabilitated a dump site located right under our building and turned it into a green space for awareness sessions. The main objective is to make sure new generations are aware of the danger of pollution and bad habits such as throwing everything in the garbage without sorting. We will be welcoming classes all along the year hoping to make a change for the times to come. 
We also brought 4 containers and will start collecting plastic, paper, metal and glass in the coming weeks and send it to a sorting and packaging facility in the Koura region.   

This is it for 2017!
Keep an eye on the Institute’s course calendar if interested in joining or returning to the Institute for a period of study in 2018. Don't hesitate to contact us for any information.
And keep on following us through our Facebook page!

We seize the opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year!

Miras Guided Tours!

Discover Lebanon in an alternative way with Miras Guided Tours!

Mira is special touristic guide who gives a more personal insight to the history of the country as well as seeing the most beautiful parts of Lebanon.

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). 

Miras Guided Tours!

Discover Lebanon in an alternative way with Miras Guided Tours!

Mira is special touristic guide who gives a more personal insight to the history of the country as well as seeing the most beautiful parts of Lebanon.

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. 

Why study Arabic in Tripoli ?

 Tripoli (Trablos), 85 kilometers north of Beirut, has a special character all its own. Thanks to its historical wealth, relaxed lifestyle and thriving business climate, this is a city where modern and medieval  blend easily into a lively and hospitable metropolis. Known as the capital of the North, Tripoli is Lebanon’s second largest city.

We believe that the most important part if someone wants to learn a language is the environment. Lebanon is often describe as a multicultural, westernized country where learning Arabic is almost impossible as the Lebanese all speak  French, English perfectly. This image of our country reduces Lebanon to Beirut however other cities and region are completely different from this stereotype. Tripoli offers a singular, oriental and vibrant atmosphere for international students in need of an immersive experience to learn Arabic in Lebanon. 

You will be amazed by cultural and historical heritage of Tripoli. Learn Arabic in this city is definitely the right choice where you can focus entirely on your studies and interact, practice as much as possible with your direct environment.