The Kelsey Arabic Program

Producing Arabic speakers for over 50 years and counting

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Do I need to take the Arabic ACTFL?

First of all, do you really know what the ACTFL is? Well…it’s an acronym, right? So, ACTFL stands for “American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages”. Basically it’s a standardized way to assess your oral or written proficiency in a foreign language. The ACTFL is offered for dozens of languages around the world, and there are certified testers […]

MSA or Amiyya?

So which Arabic is the right Arabic to study? MSA or Amiyya? Today MSA is the most widely taught form of Arabic in the world…yet it is rarely used in real conversations with Arabs. At the same time, Amiyya in its various forms is used primarily in verbal communication…yet is it enough to learn by […]

Have you considered teaching experience?

With so many Arabic schools in Amman, how can you decide where to study? Looking at the options you might notice that some schools want you to focus on their facilities, saying that your personal comfort will definitely impact your ability to learn Arabic. But you want to learn a language, right? So are cushy […]

Spring Semester 2012 is underway

Our new and returning students are off to a good start this Spring, even despite the COOOOLD weather and frequent rain. We trust that this semster they will continue to grow in both their cultural and language acquisition. Enrollment is closed for this term, but if you want to join us as a student soon, […]

Fall and Spring opportunities in Madaba

The Kelsey Arabic Program will offer courses this Fall in the traditional Arab setting of Madaba, Jordan, a small city  40 km from Amman.  It is possible to finish an entire Kelsey term there Fal Semesters Courses for Fall 2012 Classes Begin:  September 10 Classes End:  December 20 Class Days/Hours:  Monday-Thursday 8:30-11:45 AM Tuition price for registering with […]

June 2012 course

Kelsey Arabic  Program-June  – 4 days a week – – Monday to Thursday — 8:30-11:00AM – -four levels offered- An option for new residents, current students, people wanting to catch up in language, take a refresher course, or any others.  June 4-June 28        Cost: 200 JD  Contact: Courses also available in the traditional setting of Madaba.  Ask […]

We’re Number One!!

Well, so to speak.  Arabic is one of the languages at the top of the list of difficulty in learning, at least for English speakers.  It’s pretty tough for speakers of other languages too.    Read on… Nevertheless, the Kelsey Arabic Program has assisted hundreds of people in learning to speak, understand, read and write Arabic.  […]

Arabic Dialects

It’s rather well-known that the Arabic language has a number of different dialects.  We often hear the question, “If I learn the Jordanian/Palestinian dialect and then move to a different Arabic-speaking country, will the people be able to understand me?”  This post, written by friends and former Kelsey students, can help one to understand the […]

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