Arabic Learning System (ALS)

Arabic Learning System (ALS)

It consists of two basic programs:

• AFL (Arabic as a Foreign Language) is a program for Non-Arabic Speakers.)

• ASP (Arabic for Specific Purposes is a program where the learner chooses the specialization he/she wishes to practice in Arabic (Diplomacy, Tourism, Business and Economics, Media, Smartphones and Human Interaction with Technology, Engineering, Orientalism, etc.).

AFL academic Description

• AFL consists of three main levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each level has three sub-levels: low, mid, and high, with each program having nine sub-levels. Each sub-level requires five weeks to complete. The learner will be accepted based on the result of the placement test given to him/her when enrolling in the program, when there is a previous knowledge in Arabic.

• Each major level of the AFL -Arabic as a Foreign Language- program can be taught as a quarterly course bearing five credit hours according to the US system. Thus, the entire program can be taught in three academic courses.

AFL Technical Description

• Authored by specialists in the field of teaching Arabic to non-native speakers. The content is based on the standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL-2012).

• Developed interactively, in accordance with the SCORM standard (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) and compatible with modern standards such as Tin Can API.

• Provided by multimedia, graphics and animations.

• Provided with feedback.

• Supported by training drills and interactive language labs.

• Computerized learner Affairs Program.

• Interactive synchronous sessions.

• Asynchronous sessions.

• Academic management specialized in virtual education, and comprehensive quality control.

The characteristics of the Arabic as a foreign language program (AFL)

• Augmenting the benefits of the learning / teaching process.

• Integrating multiple modes of learning.

• Enrichment of multimedia content, animation, images, sound, simple and complex interactions, modeling and simulations.

• Achieving multi-mode interactive communication.

• Deepening content comprehension.

• Compliance with international virtual learning standards, which benefit from the practical gained experience.

The Characteristics of the Arabic for Specific Purposes program (ASP)

• It starts upon completing the intermediate or the advanced level.

• It follows a learner-centered method.

• It focuses on life-like context in the desired area.

• It allows interaction between learners and tutors.

• It offers external resources (the Internet, publications and the media).