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:

  • Academic Year

  • Fall/Spring semesters

  • Summer programs

  • Winter Program

  • Short-term programs

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.

Levels offered

  • 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                                     




Our Arabic language program focuses on all four language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking), and students quickly notice their abilities improving as they spend 20 hours per week learning the language. Students learn Arabic for four hours each day, five days per week, with several different teachers for different skills, and a Peer Facilitator (language partner) for afternoon conversation that reinforces formal classroom learning.

Afternoon conversation sessions with Peer Facilitators (PFs) are a special part of our Arabic language regimen, and a unique program component pioneered by CIL. In addition to our morning classes, PF sessions provide 6 additional hours a week of direct conversation with an Omani in groups of two or three students. Unless indicated otherwise, PF sessions are a normal part of students' programs and are included at no additional cost. Extra charges for PF sessions are applied, however, under the following circumstances: 1) a student arrives after classes have begun and needs extra PF time to catch up, 2) a student requests additional PF time for a short period, or 3) a student desires a private PF.

It is our experience that students benefit most from small class sizes which gives them every opportunity to participate and receive ample faculty attention. CIL classes typically contain 3-7 students and never more than 10. 

Teaching Staff and CIL Administration

The learning environment at CIL is relaxed and inspiring, with accessible instructors who encourage students’ best efforts. All of CIL’s Arabic language classes are taught by Omani instructors trained to teach Arabic as a foreign language. These instructors go through a vigorous training program and regular professional development workshops to further strengthen their skills. 

CIL’s teaching staff work together to coordinate a web of integrated topics that reinforces students’ learning from class to class. In addition, we encourage all of our instructors to develop and utilize innovative teaching methods, and their enthusiasm for teaching is quite contagious!

Like for instance, to teach a lesson on Omani culture including practical vocabulary words, one instructor temporarily renovated her classroom to resemble a traditional Omani home, with floor cushions and curtains draped over chairs. Students sat on floor cushions, sharing kahwa and sweets while chatting in Arabic. Another teacher gave a lesson in Arabic in one of our large, fully equipped kitchens, as students learned to prepare a typical Omani dish – all in Arabic!

Daily Schedule

A typical week for an intensive Arabic language student includes small classes with several different instructors for 26 hours per week. We focus our classes on different skills – i.e., Grammar, Reading/Writing, Conversation, Media - and shift teachers to keep the learning environment lively and interesting.