Saifi Immersive Arabic Summer Program (SIASP)

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July 2 – August 10, 2018

Fast track your Arabic in SIX weeks and progress fast!

What is SIASP?

SIASP is a special intensive language program for students seeking to immerse themselves in Arabic and Middle Eastern culture for six weeks this summer. The program contains six hours of classes from Monday – Friday (plus homework), offering students the opportunity to complete TWO levels in either Formal Arabic (MSA) or Levantine (Urban) Arabic. Based in Beirut, students can practice their Arabic in daily life, and learn about Lebanon: its history, food, and society. The program also includes field trips, special cultural activities, film nights, and lectures on Middle Eastern history, literature and politics. This is an exciting opportunity to see Lebanon, meet fellow Arabic students, and acquire greater proficiency in Arabic. Whether you are a complete beginner and/or a student that has already studied some Arabic, SIASP will help you to improve as quickly as possible.

We offer two language options, CHOOSE one and EXPAND your Arabic.


Urban Arabic: Beginner-Elementary

Urban Arabic is a systematic program developed by Saifi Institute to teach the Levantine dialect which is spoken in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan. It is essential to learn this language if you want to communicate with people in the region or conduct research in the field. We are the only Arabic school in the Middle East offering a step-by-step curriculum in the Levantine dialect that uses the Arabic script. In this six-week course, students will reach intermediate level, covering both the beginner and elementary levels using Saifi Institute’s dedicated Urban Arabic curriculum and textbooks. The summer program places special emphasis on additional practice in conversation, giving presentations, and listening comprehension to ensure students graduate with a solid foundation and with confidence in their language abilities. This program sets students up to continue their studies in Arabic in the Middle East or anywhere else around the world. Students with NO prior knowledge of Arabic can join this course.

Materials covered on this course:

  • Urban Arabic Book 1: Beginners’ guide to the Alphabet (Saifi textbook).
  • Urban Arabic Book 2: The complete beginners’ level (Saifi textbook).
  • Urban Arabic Book 3: The complete elementary level (Saifi textbook).
  • Urban Arabic: Conversation Classes (Beginner & Elementary).
  • Urban Arabic: Lebanese Music & Lyrics (Saifi textbook).
  • Urban Arabic: Dialogues, Presentations & Listening Comprehension.
  • Urban Arabic: Abu Jameel (daily life stories).

Eligible students

  • Anyone who is interested in learning how to speak a regional dialect from scratch.
  • Anyone who wants to understand movies, television, social media and participate in daily life in the Arab world.
  • Anyone who wants to conduct research in a field that requires proficiency in the Arabic language.
  • Students who are complete beginners or have a little knowledge of Arabic (Formal or Urban).

Formal Arabic (MSA)

Formal Arabic or Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the written language of all Arabs. It is rarely spoken except in speeches and on some satellite media channels. It is mostly used for researching historical documents, academic articles, and the written media. Using the Al-Kitaab textbook, in just six weeks, students will complete two levels in Formal Arabic. In addition to studying grammar, students receive a large amount of practice in the receptive skills (listening and reading). In the productive skills (writing and speaking), special emphasis is given to speaking Formal Arabic – specifically conversation and presentations. Translation skills are also emphasized.

Beginner-Elementary

Materials covered on this course

  • Al-Kitaab Book 1 (2nd Edition).
  • Additional texts for translation.
  • Audio-visual content including: Film clips, songs and simple adverts.

Eligible students

  • Beginners who already know the Arabic alphabet.
  • Students with a little knowledge of Arabic wanting to reach a higher level.
  • Students wishing to fast track their Arabic studies within a short period.

Intermediate-Advanced

Materials covered on this course

  • Al-Kitaab, Books 2 & 3 (2nd Editions).
  • Additional texts for translation.
  • Audio-visual content including: Films, speeches and media reports.

Eligible students

  • Students who have finished studying Al-Kitaab Book 1 (second edition).
  • Students who have reached upper elementary level in Formal Arabic.
  • Students wishing to fast track their Arabic studies within a short period.
  • Note: a test will be conducted prior to registration to ensure you are placed in the right level.

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

All students registered on SIASP must attend our special summer activities which include:

  • A weekly Lebanese film night.
  • Lebanese cooking and food decoration classes.
  • Coffee grounds readings.
  • Guest lectures from experts on Lebanese society, literature, international relations and politics.
  • Field trips around Lebanon (walking Beirut, Tripoli and the south).

Course Schedule

Morning Class: 09:00 – 12:00
Lunch: 12:00 – 12:30
Afternoon Class 12:30 – 15:30
Students will also be expected to complete between 2 -3 hours homework every day.


Fees (Prices in USD)

Formal Arabic: $1850
Urban Arabic $1850


The fees for this course include:

  • 180 tuition hours.
  • All required books for the course.
  • Extra-curricular activities and field trips.
  • Free Wi-Fi in the school.
  • Access to Saifi library.

Mandatory additional fee:

Health insurance for the duration of your stay.


Additional costs (not included in fees):

  • Travel to and from Lebanon.
  • All meals (except on field trips).
  • Accommodation in Lebanon.
  • Additional learning resources.
  • Additional travel around Lebanon (except field trips).

How to Apply

  • Fill in the application form which can be found here
  • Email the application with all supporting documents to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • To ensure your place, once accepted you will need to pay the fees by Friday June 22, 2018.
  • If you have any questions before applying, please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Course Materials

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Accreditation

  • All students successfully completing the course are entitled to a certificate for each level they complete. Certificates of completion indicate the proficiency level, grade, number of hours and date of course completion. Saifi Institute provides information on each language level which corresponds to CEFR and ACTFL proficiency levels.
  • We also provide each student with a letter of recommendation which provides more detail on their performance in class, their grades, and their commitment to learning Arabic during their time with Saifi.

FAQs

For information on Saifi Institute, studying in Lebanon, Urban Arabic and Formal Arabic – please go to the general FAQ section on our website which can be found at:

https://www.saifiarabic.com/about-us-2/living-in-beirut-students-faqs

1) I am not a university student; do I qualify for SIASP?
Yes! The beauty of our summer program is that it available to anyone. Just apply, pay for your place on the course and you’re in!

2) I am already a student at Saifi, am I eligible to apply for SIASP?
Yes! There are no restrictions on who can apply.

3) I am a complete beginner; do I need to know the Arabic alphabet?
It depends which course you choose. The Beginner-Elementary course in Urban Arabic does not require you to have any prior knowledge of Arabic. Just sign up and we’ll take care of the rest.
The Beginner-Elementary course in Formal Arabic does require students to already know how to read and write the Arabic alphabet.

4) What is the difference between Saifi’s intensive courses and SIASP?
The immersive summer program is designed to fast track your Arabic enabling you to cover TWO levels in just 6 weeks (as opposed to the usual 10 weeks). Currently we run this program once a year. In addition to 6 hours a day of Arabic tuition the program runs a host of other activities. These include a weekly Lebanese film night, field trips, cultural activities like reading coffee grounds, calligraphy and cooking classes, as well as talks by academics on aspects of Lebanese politics and society.

5) Do the fees include the extra-curricular activities and field trips?
Yes. All the extracurricular activities and field trips are included in the fees.

6) Will I need to do an evaluation before being admitted onto the program?
Students joining the Intermediate-Advanced Formal Arabic program will need to do an evaluation before being admitted onto the program to ensure they are at the right level. Students joining the Beginner-Elementary Formal Arabic course need to be able to read and write the Arabic alphabet. Students joining the Beginner-Elementary Urban Arabic course do not need to complete an evaluation.

7) Are there scholarships available?
No, all course fees must be paid up-front by Friday June 22, 2018 to ensure your place on the program. Please note after that date, refunds will not be given.

8) When do I have to pay to ensure my place on the course?
Once you have been accepted onto the course, you must pay the course fees as soon as possible to guarantee your place. Final payment of all tuition fees is due Friday June 22, 2018. If you do not pay by that date, your place may be assigned to someone else.

9) Are Saifi’s regular classes still running during the summer program?
Urban Arabic courses will run as normal. The regular pace Formal Arabic classes will not be available for the Summer II semester (2 July – 3 August).

10) How many people will there be in each class?
There will be a maximum of 15 participants in each class.

11) I already work in Beirut; can I attend the program part-time?
No, this course is full-time. We will not accept part-time students.

12) I want to work at the same time as attending this program, is this possible?
This program is extremely intensive. Not only does it involve 6 hours tuition five days a week, students are also expected to complete 2 – 3 hours homework per day (including weekends). We do not recommend students try to work at the same time if they want to complete the course successfully. Furthermore, students that do not attend all the classes without a medical reason may not be eligible to graduate the course with a certificate.

13) Do you offer university credit for this course?
Receiving university credit for completed classes at Saifi is not uncommon, however, each university has different requirements and demands. Saifi's class levels (Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate etc.) are based on the American (ACTFL) and European (CEFR) language proficiency criteria, to make it as easy as possible for students to obtain credits. If you would like to receive credit for your language studies, we recommend printing out our course description and syllabus, and discussing this with the language department at your university.

14) Will I receive a transcript/accreditation?
All students successfully completing the course are entitled to a certificate for each level they complete. Certificates of completion indicate the proficiency level, grade, number of hours, and date of course completion. Saifi Institute provides information on each language level which corresponds to CEFR and ACTFL proficiency levels.

We can also provide each student with a letter of recommendation which gives more detail on their performance in class, their grades, and their commitment to learning Arabic during their time with Saifi.

15) When should I apply for SIASP?
As soon as possible. Places are limited and to ensure you have a place, we advise early application and payment.

16) Do you offer accommodation?
No, the program does not offer accommodation. However next door to the school is a hostel offering private or shared rooms. We advise you to book early as the summer months get very crowded. See https://www.saifigardens.com for full information.

17) Is it hard to find accommodation in Beirut?
Depending on the time of year, it can sometimes get a little crowded! Once you have committed to the program, we recommend you organize accommodation as quickly as possible to avoid the higher summer prices. We recommend Airbnb which has a wide selection of private rooms to rent in apartments, and the Facebook page “Apartments in Beirut”, which advertises shared apartments and apartments for rent.

18) What is the cost of living in Beirut?
Living costs really depend on your lifestyle. Renting a room in a shared apartment is around $400+ per month. Living costs are around $800+ per month depending on where you eat and drink. In general, food and travel costs can be very low if you use shared taxis and buses and eat takeaway or cook your own. Restaurants and bars do tend to be pricey. Nightclubs are the most expensive.

19) Will I need a visa?
Many nationalities can obtain a free one-month tourist visa on arrival at Beirut international airport which is actually valid for 3 months (and does not require renewal). It is essential that you check Lebanon’s visa requirements before travelling. Please see the General Security website for more details on this.

20) Why do I need to pay for health insurance?
Lebanon does not currently have a free healthcare system and Saifi Institute cannot be responsible for your health costs while you are in Lebanon. On arrival at the institute you will need to show evidence of a health insurance policy that covers you for the entire duration of the program.

21) Does Saifi have a health insurance program I can purchase?
No, you will need to organize your health insurance with a provider in your home country. Please remember to bring evidence of your policy with you when you attend the course. Students cannot commence the program without it.

 

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