CET Jordan: Intensive Language

Get Closer to Fluency

Take a full load of intensive Arabic. Practice your Arabic in real life settings. Complete one year of material in a semester.
  • Intensive MSA & Jordanian Dialect
  • Content-based language classes 
  • Full-time language pledge 
  • Arabic language partner
  • Out-of-classroom assignments
  • Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
Jordan Academics

Arabic From All Angles

In this intensive language program, your classes extend well beyond Intensive MSA. You’ll take Intensive Jordanian Dialect. You’ll also select two content-based electives—language classes taught in Arabic that focus on the history, politics, and culture of the Arab World. And if you’re at an advanced level, you might even attend a few lectures on the host campus…a rare chance to experience university learning just as a local student would.

Oral Proficiency Interview

In just a semester, you’ll cover at least one year’s worth of college-level Arabic material. And if this sounds unbelievable, wait until you take an official Oral Proficiency Interview at the end of the term. Most students jump an astounding three sub-levels, and OPI scores are written proof of what you’ve accomplished…perfect for putting on a résumé or grad school application.

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Learn to Speak Diplomatically

Discussing corruption in class is one thing. Interviewing Jordanian students about their views on the topic without insulting Jordanian culture is another. During the program, you’ll learn to use your Arabic to diplomatically challenge preconceptions and consider local perspectives. These nuanced language and cultural skills will set you apart when you apply for jobs or graduate school.

Arabic in Action

Whether at home or exploring for the day, you’ll have endless opportunities to practice in real-life settings. See a movie on the weekend, then chat about it with your language partner. Go to a nearby café with friends and provide running commentary on the soccer match. Return to your apartment to prepare dinner and discuss how to make the perfect hummus with your roommates. Many roommates also bring CET students home to meet their families, giving you the opportunity to put your language skills to the test.
Student Voice
Interested in learning more on daily Arabic use from a CET student?  Read about how to adjust to life in Jordan from Ian Leach (University of Michigan).

Full-Time Language Pledge

All students uphold a full-time Arabic language pledge. There’s no denying that speaking Arabic 24/7 is hard. But as past students will tell you, it’s absolutely worth the effort. Just wait until the first time you wake up in the morning and realize that you dreamed in Arabic.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Are you a CET student from Fall 2018 or prior? You can find your syllabi here.

Modern Standard Arabic

You are placed into one of these courses:

AM/LANG 200 Intensive Advanced Beginning MSA
6 credits

AM/LANG 250 Intensive Intermediate MSA
6 credits

AM/LANG 300 Intensive Intermediate High MSA
6 credits

AM/LANG 350 Intensive Advanced MSA
6 credits

AM/LANG 450 Intensive Advanced High MSA
6 credits

These classes are front-loaded. They meet more in the beginning of the term, and taper off after that.

Jordanian Dialect

You are placed into one of these courses:

AM/LANG 160 Intensive Beginning Jordanian Dialect
4 credits

AM/LANG 210 Intensive Advanced Beginning Jordanian Dialect
4 credits

AM/LANG 260 Intensive Intermediate Jordanian Dialect
4 credits

AM/LANG 360 Intensive Advanced Levantine Dialect 

These classes are front-loaded. They meet more in the beginning of the term, and taper off after that.

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.