SPECIAL INTEREST COURSES

 

Here at IH Cairo ILI we have the flexibility and teaching capacity to organise and run special interest courses, so if there is a topic or activity that interests you and would work well with your Arabic training, please contact us and we will see what we can do!

 

Simply email through your request to info@ihcairo.com and let us know which special interest course you are interested in.  Please give us an indication of when you would be interested in starting a course and for what duration.

 

History and Society

 

The course gives an introduction to the political, social and cultural conditions in Egypt and other Arabic speaking countries with the main focus on the 20th century.  The course helps student to have a varied insight into the most important factors that have influenced the actual situation in the Middle East. Recently a full chapter about the latest Arabic Spring events that evolved in some countries in the Arab world is added to the course. It highlights the main changes that took place in the last two years in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Syria.

 

The course focuses on the political and social conditions in the Arabic speaking countries such as Jordan, Syria, Emirates, Yemen, Algeria, Palestine and Morocco and the most important factors that have influenced the actual situation in the Middle East.

 

Religion and Culture

 

The course helps student to improve his/her knowledge of the actual religious and cultural conditions in the Arabic speaking countries and be able to analyze the relation between various relevant means of cultural expressions and society. The historical background may be included to the extent that is necessary to understand the present situation.

We teach many topics about Culture such as: Contemporary Arab culture, Arab identity, marriage and divorce, circumcision, envy, Arabic music, folk arts, cinema in Egypt and crafts in Egypt. We teach many topics about religion such as the veil, status of the woman in society, religious occasions and popular celebrations.

 

Commercial Communications

 

The course helps and trains the student to use Arabic in situations that are typical for commercial communication with and within the Arabic speaking countries. Examples: letters to firms and institutions in Arabic speaking countries, press statements, details of products, applications, minutes etc.  During the course students will simulate real work situations e.g. face to face meetings, giving complaints about a certain contract or product & how to solve problems that might happen within the work field.

 

The course includes official and unofficial communications such as: How to write invoices, reports and commercial letters, how to ask about proposals, offers and prices, how to respond to business letters and complaints and marketing strategies for advertising, publicity and sales promotion.

 

Grammar

 

The course helps the student to write the Arabic language properly and uses it in reading books and follows the media. The course focuses on:  the Noun with all its case endings: Nominative, accusative and genitive, the verb with all its tenses: present, past, future and imperative, the introduction of subjunctive and jussive cases and the study of the morphology of some topics.

 

PRIVATE TUITION

 

IH Cairo ILI offers private one-to-one or small group tuition, in addition to our regular classes.

 

One-to-one private tuition is €25 per hour with an additional €10 per additional student. The aim of these classes is to reduce the student-to-teacher ratio for more individualized learning while still adhering to the learning program as set out in our general curriculum for both ECA and MSA.

 

Where a student would like private tuition focusing on a particular topic or area of the language, the cost is €35 to account for the additional time that will need to be taken to design specialized lessons.

 

This service is available upon request, so if you are interested in private tuition send us an email. Once availability is confirmed we will work together on a timetable that suits you.

 

Small group private tuition is for a maximum of three students.

 

MEDIA  ARABIC

 

IH Cairo ILI Media Arabic courses offer students the ability to further develop their Modern Standard Arabic skills.

 

IH Cairo ILI offers two courses in Media Arabic, depending on your current Arabic language proficiency level. Note that a certain level of proficiency is required to undertake either of the Media Arabic courses. Contact us for more information on course availability and enrolment requirements.

 

These courses are particularly useful for those with an interest in the region and who wish to understand the local and regional media – be it in print, on screen or on the TV/radio.

 

The classes for both courses run for two hours per day, five days a week (Sunday to Thursday). The duration for each course is four weeks.

 

Media Arabic One: Upper Intermediate Level

 

Language skills covered include:

  • Newspaper vocabulary and expressions and how to use them in a meaningful context

  • Connectors and special grammatical and morphological rules

  • Reading comprehension for authentic short and long articles

  • Listening comprehension

  • Translation of short articles between Arabic and English

 

Topics covered include:

  • Formal visits and meetings

  • Conferences

  • Negotiations

 

Media Arabic Two: Upper Intermediate Level

 

Language skills covered include:

  • Newspaper vocabulary and expressions and how to use them in a meaningful context

  • Connectors and special grammatical and morphological rules

  • Reading comprehension for authentic short and long articles

  • Listening comprehension

  • Translation of short articles between Arabic and English

 

Topics covered include:

  • Demonstrations and disturbances

  • Internal policies

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Used to express preferable things


“Studying at ILI is a pleasure, in fact, often the highlight of the day. I appreciate the professionalism and creativity of the teachers, who combine a blend of educational methods, resulting in a stimulating, successful learning environment for casual and serious students, alike. Aisha and Amir bring a diverse and effective approach to their teaching. Each day of class includes a synthesis of clear, encouraging, competent, and thought-provoking teaching. Apart from the classroom, the facility is comfortable and clean; with cafeteria personnel who not only actively encourage Arabic conversation. This unique element serves to foster a broad, immersive, language learning experience. All these attributes make ILI a comprehensive, thriving school, and community of learning and cultural fluency.”

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