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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.

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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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