Academic Program Overview
(The intensive Arabic program is designed to rapidly develop a student’s language abilities by enabling them to engage with Arabic speakers confidently.) Written in quotes
Noor Majan believes that successful language acquisition occurs, when students are repeatedly challenged to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities in a structured environment. Thus, Noor Majan’s intensive Arabic program reflects this idea by developing all four language skills with a focus in three distinct concentrations; foundational knowledge in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), skills development, and application of knowledge and through media literacy. The program will provide intensive reading, writing, speaking, and listening practice for 20 formal contact hours per week, lasting for a total of 4 weeks per term, a total of 100 formal contact hours per month. In addition to the 20 formal contact hours per week, Noor Majan’s intensive Arabic course strengthens students abilities with 2 hours of language partner sessions per week. During these language partner sessions, students will learn how to apply their classroom knowledge in a real-life setting, solidifying their knowledge.
Noor Majan uses authentic and genuine material from print and broadcast media from the internet. Students will acquire the competence to consume, understand and comment on news broadcasts, articles, excerpts and forum contributions using the adequate language register.Throughout the course, students will build on existing knowledge in Arabic grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, spoken and written skill-sets. Finally, students will be introduced to various spoken dialects, enhancing their ability to understand the greater Arabic speaking world.
For information on our program dates please see below.
Noor Majan offers intensive Arabic language courses on a month and two month cycle, built to accommodate the needs and time constraints of university students and professionals alike, while providing the maximum number of hours to meet student’s goals. The continuous nature of Noor Majan’s programs enables students to enter at any point during the year and study for as short as a month or for as long as a year.
On average each program comprises of 100 formal contact hours per month. Classes met for five teaching hours per day, five days a week, a total of 25 contact hours per week, or 200 hours per program cycle. We welcome students who desire to study at Noor Majan for a month. Please see the program offering table below for prices and program dates.
Between every program, there is a week long break which Noor Majan utilizes to conduct professional development workshops and prepare for the next session. Students often elect to use the break to travel around the Sultanate or visit new places in the region.
Schedule 2018 – 2019
|Code||Start date||End date||Notes||Fees|
|1064||6 Dec 2017||1 Feb 2018||1900 OMR|
|1065||11 Feb 2018||5 Apr 2018||1900 OMR|
|1066||8 Apr 2018||31 May 2018||Israa wa Miraj on 13 April
Ramadan starts on 16 May
|1 Jun 2018 arrival
3 June 2018 start
|3/4 Aug 2018
2 Aug 2018
|Eid-Al-Fitr will be on 15 June, Thursday 14 June will be the last day of Ramadan Eid Break 14 Jun 2018 – 19 Jun 2018
23 July Renaissance Day included in Eid holiday
|1068||5 Aug 2018||6 Sept 2018||Eid Break 19 Aug 2018 – 23 Aug 2018||1900 OMR|
|1069||9 Sept 2018||1 Nov 2018||11 Sept Islamic New Year||1900 OMR|
|1070||4 Nov 2018||27 Dec 2018||18 Nov National Day
20 Nov Mawlid
|1071||30 Dec 2018||21 Feb 2019||1900 OMR|
|1072||24 Feb 2019||18 Apr 2019||Israa wa Miraj on 3 April||1900 OMR|
|1073||21 Apr 2019||23 May 2019||Ramadan starts on 6 May||5-week course
|Training||26 May 2019||30 May 2019||Training & planning|
|Eid Break||2 Jun 2019||10 Jun 2019||Eid Al Fitr 5 Jun||5 days holiday|
|12 Jun 2019
9 Jun 2019
|8 Aug 2019
6 Aug 2019 (departure)
|23 July Renaissance Day
Hajj (4 Dhu-l-Hijja) starts on 4 Aug
Eid Al Adha is on 12 Aug
|Eid Break||11 Aug 2019||15 Aug 2019||5 days holiday|
|1075||18 Aug 2019||10 Oct 2019||31 Aug Islamic New Year||1900 OMR|
|1076||13 Oct 2019||12 Dec 2019||10 Nov Mawlid
18 Nov National Day
Objective 1 : Grammar, Text production and discussion
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.
Objective 2: Media literacy
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.
How We Evaluate Our Courses
Students receive continuous 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.
Noor Majan Grading Scale
|Grades %||Excellent||Very Good||Good||Pass|
|90 – 100||x|
|80 – 89||x|
|70 – 79||x|
|64 – 69||x|
The primary course book used by Noor Majan is Al-Kitaab fii ta’allum al-’Arabiyya by Brustad/Al-Battal (2nd edition); 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 renowned sources, e.g. Al Kitab Al Asasi (El Seyyid Badawi), Modern Standard Arabic (Eckehard Schulz) or Ahlan wa Sahlan (Mahdi Alosh). For the media course, classes are based on real-time current and authentic resources from print and broadcast media in class.
Our methodology is to engage the mind with a relevant and appropriate usage of the language. Thus any opportunity to bring external sources and materials is exploited and very much encouraged by the Noor Majan methodology.
Although the material listed above is Noor Majan’s standard offering for Arabic courses; we can accommodate for an extensive set of curricula, dependent on your needs and requirements as an institute. Our institute and teachers are able and willing to deliver to your requirements. Please enquire for information regarding your requirements and curriculum.
Block 1 (Learning Outcomes (beginner))
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.
Block 2 (Learning Outcomes (advanced beginners))
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.
Block 3 (Learning Outcomes (Intermediate))
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.
Block 4 (Learning Outcomes (Advanced))
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.
Block 5 (Learning Outcomes (Higher Advanced))
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.
Daily schedule – Ibri
|8:30||10:10||MSA Textbook work|
|10:30||11:20||MSA Skills focus|
Daily schedule – Muscat
At Noor Majan we recognize that successful language acquisition comes from repetitive application of concepts and knowledge in real life situations. Thus, to support language growth we pair students with local Omani language partners for two hours every week. These individuals are given training on intercultural communication and strategies on how to support students studying Arabic. They encourage students to speak Arabic freely and to be confident in their language abilities. More than often language partners become students’ friends and serve as a mentor in engaging in the local culture. Friendships between language partners often leads to students being invited to their homes or to family events.