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ARABIC IN-COUNTRY PROGRAMالدّورةُ الصيفيّة المكثّفة في اللغة العربية

 

Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-native Speakers

Outline
The Arabic In-Country Program is conducted under the auspices of an agreement between Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-native Speakers, in Manah, Oman, and the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University.

Deakin University offers a six-week intensive Arabic language and culture program at Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-native Speakers in Oman. Units offered are at the second and third year levels (AIB205 and AIB306). Deakin students receive two credit points for successful completion of these units. Students from other universities should discuss the issue of accreditation with their respective home institutions.

In-country Dates
The next Arabic In-country Program will be in Trimester 3, 2014

Oman
Brief Background:
Oman, officially called the Sultanate of Oman ( سلطنة عُمان ), is an Arab state located in the south-eastern quarter of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Sea. Its land borders are with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
Oman controls a small area on the Musandam Peninsula which extends into the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. Oman's coastline is more than 3000km long with a coastal plain up to 19km wide. The extreme south-western Governorate, Dhofar, is fertile with a rainy season.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said has ruled Oman since 1970. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world and embarked on economic reforms and boosted spending on health, education and welfare.
Muscat was voted 2nd Best City to visit in 2012 by Lonely Planet.

Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-native Speakers
Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers was established in 2012. The College has been established in cooperation with Deakin University. The College strives to become a regional and international leader in the teaching of Arabic as a Second Language (ASL), through its high quality programs and produce students with high linguistic and cultural competency in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA); and contribute to building communication and cultural bridges with other non-Arabic speaking nations.

The Collge is located in Manah Province, a small town about 180km from Muscat. Manah has a population of approximately 12,000 people. Manah borders the famous historical city of Nizwa, the capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th centuries. Today it remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Oman.

Class Structure
The teaching program will be six weeks in duration, and classes will meet five days a week; Saturday to Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are the weekend in Oman. The academic program, which includes language instruction in modern, standard Arabic, as well as the Omani dialect, is structured over an average of five contact hours per day. The program is designed to further develop students' conversational skills, as well as their written, reading and comprehension skills.

Additionally, a comprehensive cultural program was designed to complement the academic program and enrich the overall educational experience. This includes:

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Arabic calligraphy
  • Omani folk dance
  • Omani cuisine

Guided Half Day Tours
Four half-day guided tours:

  • visit to Nizwa Citadel and Market Place
  • visit to Rustaq (the Citadel and Ain Al-Kasfah)
  • visit to Nakhal (the Citadel and Ain Al-thuwarah)
  • visit to Misfat Al Abryeen, a small village that lies at the foot of Jabal Shams in Al Dakhiliyah region

Weekend Excursions
Three two-day excursions with overnight stay:

  • visit to Al Jabal Al Akhdar (the Green Mountain), overnight stay is optional
  • visit to the Sharqiyah North Governorate and overnight sleep on a camp
  • visit to the Sharqiyah South Governorate: Marine Museum and Ships factory
  • Sea Trip in Muscat and a visit to Sultan Opera House and a tour in Muscat Province and a visit to Souq Matrah

Additional Excursion
It is possible that a sea Journey to Khassab (to visit main attractions in Musandam Governorate) will be added to the program at a later stage. It takes about 6 hours by ferry to reach Khassab. This means, in order to make this excursion worthwhile and beneficial, the group needs to stay there for at least 2 nights or more, something I cannot fit in the in-country program. However, we may be able to schedule it at the end of the program. A decision will be made after further consultation with the host institution in Oman.

Muscat Festival
If you wish to extend your stay in Oman after you complete the in-country program, I would like to recommend that you try to take advantage of the Muscat Festival which will be held between 26 January and 23 February. The Muscat Festival is a showcase of both Omani and international culture and heritage. The Festival will also witness some of the greatest cyclists from the Tour de France compete in the third edition of the six day Tour of Oman race.

In 2013 the Muscat Festival is particularly focused on creating education, fun and entertainment for the youth. The powerful combination of the Muscat festival with the Tour of Oman has also created an ideal platform to showcase the Omani rich traditions and historical identity.

With Muscat being named the 2012 Capital of Arab Tourism as well as being voted the second best city in the world to visit by Lonely Planet, behind only the Olympic Games host city of London, this also increases the strategic importance of the Muscat Festival and Tour of Oman.

Highlights of the festival include:

  • Oman Heritage and Culture Village
  • Festival for Arts
  • Heritage and Creativity
  • Oman Food Festival
  • Traditional boat racing
  • the Muscat Fashion Week

Accommodation
Students will be accommodated in the college Guest House (بيت الضيافة). You will have the option to have a single room (there is limited number of single rooms) or share a room with one or two other students. All rooms have their private bathrooms and toilets. The rooms are fully furnished. Three meals a day are included in the accommodation package. The Guest House includes a fully equipped sports facility centre, kitchens, washing machines and 24 hour internet access throughout the Guest House (including the rooms).

Costs
Please note that the final cost of the program fee is determined by the exchange rate, therefore you need to be aware that if the exchange rate goes up/down, you will be either asked to make an additional payment, or alternatively receive a refund at the time of making the final payment to our host institution in Oman.

The total cost of the last program is $490 (based on a single room) or $390 (based on a shared room) and includes the following breakdown of expenses:

  • accommodation for duration of the program (about 2 months), including 3 meals a day in a single room $215 or twin/triple share room $115
  • Extra-Curricular Activities - Free
  • 4 guided half-day tours - Free
  • 3 overnight excursions - Free
  • Airport transfer from and to the airport (based on group arrival) - Free
  • Daily transport from the Guest House to the College and return - Free
  • Course material - Free
  • Registration and placement test - $85
  • Travel Insurance - Free for the duration on the program only
  • group Christmas dinner - $40
  • Faculty Administration Fee - $150

The above fees are based on the exchange rate as of 17th may 2012

Travel Arrangements:
I am currently in the process of obtaining group travel quotations form three travel agencies. Once I receive all quotations I will update you on the travel arrangement situation.

Please note that we will need to travel from Melbourne as a group, however, you can decide your return at any date you wish after completing the in-country program.

Payment
A full payment of the in-country program fee ($490 or $390) is payable by Friday 31 August, 2012. Students are asked to make payment through the Cashiers Office (Burwood campus, Building He), quoting Item Number M807 which is a dedicated account for the Arabic In-Country Program.

Please note: the Arabic In-Country program units, AIB205 and AIB306, attract normal tuition fees. For Commonwealth-supported students, this will appear on your HECS statement. International fee-paying students will receive an invoice for payment.

Scholarships:
The Arabic In-country program is fortunate to receive a number of scholarships for its In-country Program from Industry partners. These are competitive scholarships and will be available to students to apply for them in August/September.

 

Briefing Session
The Arabic In-Country Language Information session was held:

17th of July 2012

Expression of Interest
Not applicable at this time.

Further Information
For further information regarding academic matters, please contact:

A/Professor Hakeem Kasem
Arabic In-Country Program Director
Burwood campus
(03) 9244 3915
hakeem.kasem@deakin.edu.au

For further information regarding administrative matters, including enrolment, travel, payments, etc, please contact:

Ms Sarah White
Experiential Learning Officer
Waurn Ponds campus
(03) 5227 2693
s.white@deakin.edu.au

 


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