CIL's Intensive Arabic Program (IAP) is one of the most intentional programs of its kind in the region. With our highly flexible format open to learners of all levels, we know you will be able to find a place and thrive in our program.
The IAP consists of 20 classroom hours per week of instruction in conversation (Modern Standard Arabic), grammar, media, and reading/writing. Our curriculum is based on the Al-Kitaab series. We combine this formal classroom instruction with 6 hours per week of conversation practice with an Omani language partner, also known as a Peer Facilitator (PF). In addition to these, students participate in weekly extra-curricular activities that include academic lectures, seminars, review sessions and cultural activities which enhance the Arabic curriculum. All students will be assessed prior to the start of classes for placement and at the end of their program.
The IAP is delivered during our:
Arabic courses at CIL are 3-credits each (except two beginner courses that are 4-credits each) and are designed and numbered according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) levels:
What’s covered and why
CIL offers all three levels of Modern Standard Arabic (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced), as well as Omani dialect. We utilize the textbook Al-Kitaab fii Talum Al-Arabiya (Parts 1, 2 and 3), which we find facilitates a smooth transition between home universities and studies at CIL.
In addition to the Al-Kitaab textbook, we also use materials developed by our teaching faculty. Arabic instruction at CIL covers reading, writing, vocabulary, media literacy, comprehension and active use of lughat-al-muthaqqafeen (“educated speech”), as heard on Al Jazeera.
Arabic 101-102-103: Beginner Arabic I-II-III
Arabic 201-202-203: Intermediate Arabic I-II-III
Arabic 301-302-303: Advanced Arabic I-II-III
Arabic 401-402: Superior Arabic I-II