Methodology at the Levantine Institute
The curriculum at the Levantine Institute of Lebanon (LEVIT) relies on several manuals such as ‘Al Kitaab’ from Georgetown University Press, Rajaa Chouairi’s ‘Shu fi mafi’, and “Easy Arabic Reader” by Jane Wightwick that are used in most Arabic departments around the world.
Our classes provide a balance between all technical aspects of language learning: The grammar, the rules, the exceptions and the intuitive, as well as integrating musicality, mnemonic triggers, oral traditions and pronunciation into our teaching experience in order to achieve the four key competencies: oral and written production and oral and written comprehension.
The overall goal is to experience and learn the Arabic language as a whole, through its culture, history, anecdotes and actual connections and communication with the context and the humans who populate it. The LEVIT considers that classroom learning only gives you the means to express yourself and a great deal of work needs to be done outside of the classroom as well.
This is why we chose Tripoli: It is a city where any student can easily practice what they learned during the courses. We also strongly encourage students at the LEVIT to volunteer and interact as much as they can with the local community.
Two Programs To Choose From
Guides the students from day-to-day basic conversation and vocabulary to more complex subjects depending on progress. Our courses also focus on using the origins of the words, the similarities and differences between the colloquial and the literal and an explanation of the grammar rules that structure the dialect. You will learn how to speak the Levantine dialect and get background information on the formal shape of the Arabic language. Advanced classes tackle socio-political subjects of our region as well as culture, literature and media.
Modern Standard Arabic
All levels are based on the same interactive philosophy. Starting with our beginner classes, our MSA program brings the basics of Arabic literacy all the way to specialized subjects focusing on journalism, politics, international relations and sociology for more advanced levels. To meet international standards of MSA, the LEVIT relies mostly on ‘Al-Kitaab’ book.