Noor Majan Training Institute aims at offering high quality learning experiences in a secure and encouraging environment to the local and international community. It serves the ideals of mutual understanding and life-long learning in an international context through the teaching of different languages and by providing an insight into Oman’s unique and genuine culture.
Students will develop all four language skills with a special focus on conversational proficiency and media literacy so that they may confidently interact with Arabic-speakers in a variety of contexts. The program will provide intensive reading, writing, speaking, and listening practice in 20 class hours of intensive Arabic instruction per week, lasting for a total of 4 weeks per term.
During their time in Ibri students will also practice Arabic through various activities and excursions in and around Ibri and Oman; either on guided excursions or on their own.
Noor Majan Training Institute uses authentic and genuine material from print and broadcast media as from the internet. Students shall acquire the competence to consume, understand and comment on news broadcasts, articles, excerpts and forum contributions using the adequate language register.
The course is designed to develop the students language skills as well as to give an insight into Omani dialect. Throughout the course students are will build on existing knowledge in Arabic grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, spoken and written skill-sets.
• Writing: Be introduced to new grammatical features that are part of a higher level of expression. Students will learn to construct sentences and express more complex thoughts independently. Students will be asked to produce texts departing from the texts treated in class. These include summaries, descriptions, narrations and argumentative pieces developing a personal standpoint according to their level.
• Speaking: Students will discuss current topics in class or in debate groups using the studied grammar features. They will have awareness raised concerning typical mistakes in sentence structure and pronunciation. The course is completed by oral presentations in class.
• Listening: Students will develop the ability to comprehend utterances in the target language in recorded from broadcast media, in both fusha (MSA) and commonly spoken Arabic as found in reports, interviews and talk shows.
• Reading: Students will be introduced to texts from print media and internet using the grammatical structures under study. In this unit students will read different genres of texts, learn and apply skimming techniques according to their level, understand in-depth the given texts and analyse them grammatically and style-wise.
Students receive feedback from instructors throughout the course. Evaluation is a reflection of the student’s proficiency, participation, engagement and progress. Feedback is based on oral participation in class, results in quizzes, tests, and final exam as well as oral presentations in class and homework completion. Students can meet their teachers individually whenever they wish to discuss their performance and progress.
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Anything below 64% will result in a failing grade for the course.
The primary course book used by Noor Majan Training Institute is Al Kitaab Al Asasi (1-3) by El-Said Badawi; depending on whether you're a complete beginner or an advanced student our curriculum is based on this internationally recognised resource, complemented with excerpts from other reknown sources, e.g. Al Kitab fii ta'allum al-'Arabiyya (Mahmoud Al Batal), Modern Standard Arabic (Eckehard Schulz) or Ahlan wa Sahlan (Mahdi Alosh). Although it must also be stressed that the course is supplemented with real-time current and authentic resource in class. Our philosophy is to engage the mind with relative, current and appropriate usage of the language. Thus any opportunity to bring external sources and materials is exploited and very much encouraged by the NMTI philosophy. While this is NMTI's default and standard offering for Arabic courses; we also accommodate for an extensive set of curricula, completely dependent on your needs and requirements as an institute. Our institute and teachers are more than equipped and experienced to deliver to your requirements. Please enquire with specific information regarding your requirements and curriculum.
At the end of the unit/program beginner students will be able to form short and simple sentences. Students will posses a good amount of basic vocabulary as used in familiar and everyday situations with a limited ability to use this vocabulary correctly grammatically in all related situations. They will be able to answer formulaic questions with only rare occurrences of mistakes in vocabulary and grammar. Students will start expressing their thoughts independently of formulaic expressions albeit their uttering may be incomplete or incorrect at times. Students will be able to understand the general content of speech on familiar topics, and will have developed a more accurate sense of differentiation between similar sounds of the Arabic alphabet for their own text production.
At the end of the unit/program Advanced Beginner students will be able to express themselves about personal topics and issues relating to daily life in short sentences. Students will be able to express their needs, requirements and wishes (in a restaurant, hotel, taxi or shop) and speak about their hobbies. They will be able to answer non-formulaic questions to a certain extent and be in sometimes able to correct themselves while speaking or writing. Students will have more fluent reading ability and develop a better sense for Arabic written expression. Students will be able to understand the general content of speech, and will have developed a more accurate sense of differentiation between similar sounds of the Arabic alphabet.
At the end of the unit/program Intermediate students will be able to converse confidently about social issues. They can retell stories and speak about events that happened in the past. Students at this level will be able to express themselves about a variety of topics in all tenses. They can be understood by native speakers and partake in their conversations. Students will be able to understand and analyse Arabic grammar as used in diverse sources. Students will be able to use new grammar and vocabulary in order to produce coherent texts about social, historical, and personal topics.
At the end of the unit/program Advanced students will be able to express their opinion supported by arguments and can coherently reply to other opinions being expressed. Students at this level will be able to speak and write about varied and complex topics and issues that do not pertain to their direct environment and life. They are able to understand abstract texts and speech and can express themselves on these topics intelligibly. They are able to process authentic text sources of the target language such as print and broadcast media, books and websites. They can independently develop on the issues raised in these source texts and organize written and oral texts on a formal language level.
At the end of the unit/program Higher Advanced students will be able to express their opinion supported by arguments and can coherently reply to other opinions being expressed. Students at this level will be able to speak and write about varied and complex topics and issues that do not pertain to their direct environment and life. They are able to understand abstract texts and speech and can express themselves on these topics intelligibly. They are able to process authentic text sources of the target language such as print and broadcast media, books and websites. They can independently develop on the issues raised in these source texts and organize written and oral texts on a formal language level.