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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.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