CORE PROGRAM OFFERINGS
Qasid’s core program offerings include courses in Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine Dialect. Immediate specialization is the fastest and most effective way for students to move towards mastery. Its then with this in mind, that Qasid offers two full-time tracks to accomodate students with a myriad of needs and goals.
MODERN STANDARD ARABIC
Modern Standard refers to the standard literary and communicative language of the Middle East and North Africa, recognized as one of the UN’s six official languages. It is the common medium for nearly all formal communication, both printed and spoken. And, as the official language of all Arab countries, it provides the most versatile tool for those interested in living or working in an Arab country, or those whose occupational field intersects with any aspect of the Arab world.
Classical Arabic refers primarily to the language of the Qur’an, and secondarily to the various texts and works that are directly inspired by both its form and content. Students receive direct exposure to Islamic legal, theological|philosophical and mystical texts from the classical and medieval periods.
LEVANTINE DIALECT (AMMIYA) PROGRAM
The Levantine Dialect Program is crafted to help students master local, everyday language usage, so that they feel better integrated into their regional surroundings, living and working among native Arab speakers in any setting. Ammiya is a recognized as a necessary facet of any student’s progression towards that coveted, native-like language proficiency.
Courses available in the Jordanian, Syrian and Palestinian Dialect
DIPLOMAT, CORPORATE AND PRIVATE STUDIES
Qasid’s Advanced Private Tutoring (OPT) enables advanced students with at-least two years of Arabic to get personalized, one-on-one instruction with Qasid’s faculty in specialized topics in either Media Arabic, Business Arabic, Translation or Classical Arabic Texts.
Our online programs takes the best of a self-study approach, combines this with the best of instructor-led, student-centered 1-1 interaction, to create something that is exponentially better than the sum of the parts.
Access to institute-quality, multimedia instruction anywhere you happen to be, on demand 24/7, and available for repeat viewing and synthesis.
Prepares you to continue your studies at an offline institute by adhering to similar standards, learning objectives, and milestones as a top-tier university course.
When you run into a problem, the support will be there to solve that problem quickly and effectively. Live sessions and instructor virtual office hours provide even more support
Currently, this is the only skills-based curriculum using the Al-Kitaab textbook being taught online using the communicative method of second-language acquisition.
Behind the scenes is team of more than 60 Arabic-learning professionals dedicated to seeing you succeed. Help is never more than an email or phone call away.
Rather than putting off or delaying studies until you find a quality offline instructor, you can begin immediately with a tried-and-proven program with quality instructors.
Repeated exposure is at the very heart of successful language learning, our recorded lessons are available for repeated viewing to strengthen what you’ve learned.
Each live session is recorded, so you can focus on the session, engage with your instructor, and rest assured that you can review all the details and nuances at your leisure.
Rather than having to go to class five days a week, attend only your weekly private 1-on-1 live session, and do the rest of your work at a time that best suits you.
No need to share your camera, you look only at the shared whiteboard. You remain in control of the intimacy in a way that a real-world class could never possibly provide.
Qasid has been around for over a decade, and we have the lowest staff turnover rate of any specialist, Arabic institute in the Middle East. We’ll be here as long as you are.
This is the most obvious one. You don’t have to leave the country, let alone your room. Wherever you and a solid internet connection are, there’s your class.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
No. Our Programs lets you complete the material from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace. And since all videos are transcribed and downloadable in multiple formats, you can even learn during your commute. The course comes with lifetime access, so the vocab, grammar points, and resources in this course will always be available whenever you need them.
There is no set class time. Your live sessions are scheduled based on your availability and our instructors availability in Amman, Jordan. Once we’ve agreed on a time, we can meet as often as once a week or more.
As for your course materials, they can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We recommend logging on 3 – 4 times a week for two hours or more to stay engaged with the class discussion boards and the course materials.
Online students set aside time throughout the week to complete their assignments for each course. Our recommendation is 5-10 hours per week. Learning as second language requires commitment on many levels, and to be successful, many students approach their courses like a part-time or full-time job. The more time you put in, the faster you’ll see results. You can also access the material to listen to on your phone, or watch the grammar videos — whatever’s easiest for you.
When you sign-up you will be assigned a personal coach/instructor. They are available to answer questions and provide support by email or live meetings. One-on-one means that your instructor can zero in on precisely the language issues and challenges that YOU are having, not what 15 others are having.
Qasid Online students are provided software and digital course materials needed to complete course work within your program. Costs for these materials are covered your tuition. Most students find that a reliable computer with an adequate high-speed internet connection is sufficient, and they do not need a top-of-the-line computer to watch the videos and complete assignments online.
Also, Qasid Online has transitioned to digital content as the primary delivery method for course materials. While some courses do still utilize physical textbooks, electronic resources and digital content are prevalent in our online courses. Digital content includes eTextbooks, videos, downloadable content, access to interactive libraries and much more. For course specific textbook requirements please see one of our program pages.
You will interact with situational dialogues and short reading passages while emphasizing basic vocabulary and fundamental grammatical structures. The approach used in this course is an integrated skills approach, combining listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar into meaningful student-centered activities. You are also provided opportunities to practice your Arabic through highly-structured drills, contextualized exercises and supplementary communicative activities.
Yes. Our online orientation introduces you to the technology and dynamics of online teaching and learning, giving you the tools to succeed in your online course. The orientation is available one week prior to class and remains open for you to use as a resource.
Should you have any questions or need help trouble shooting a piece of technology, our Online Team is only an email away and is ready to assist.
No, these courses are open to the general public, regardless of where you live. However, students must hold a high school diploma, or the equivalent, in order to register. No special visas are necessary for international students.
This answer varies for each student. There are many factors that influence how long it will take. Depending on the program, some students are able to complete 3 courses every year — others more than 3 courses. For example, our MSA Program contains a total of six courses, each course being 10 weeks at length. You are not required to take courses back-t0-back as soon as you complete them. You could complete a course, take a short break for 2 – 3 weeks, then continue on to the next course thereafter. You should choose a program that best fits your schedule and your life circumstances.
Courses will generally be 10 weeks in length, meeting once per week on a scheduled day and time. Some courses may be offered in a variety of schedule formats.
No, and that is intentional. Our programs are not about dumping tons of information on you. We’ve intentionally tested and structured the material with precisely the right pace so you get the best results. We’ve structured our program in 10 week courses that you can do things at the right pace to achieve fluency.
As a Qasid Online student, you will have an academic mentor to help guide you throughout your program of study. An academic advisor also available to you along with the support you will receive from your faculty and Dean. Qasid uses a combination of technology and social networking to offer all students personalized support aimed at degree completion, career advancement, and lifelong learning.
Qasid Online also offers 24/7 technical support, any time of the day or night, any day of the week, by helping with everything from retrieving a lost password to solving an Internet connection problem.
Your assignments are submitted electronically through your online classroom environment — just like you would turn them in to your professor on campus.
Whether you’ve studied some Arabic or not, all students entering into the program will be required to take a placement exam that will test students on their previous Arabic knowledge and ability. You do not need to have previous knowledge of Arabic to join the MSA Arabic Program
The exam will be reviewed by our academic team and students will be assigned to one of the six courses in the program. The exam is a diagnostic test and not a pass/fail exam. Students will be informed of their results within 48 hours.
This is like a regular university course in that it covers the similar material and aims to produce similar proficiency results. It is unlike a regular university course in that it is online, and students are expected to put in more study time than a regular university course, precisely because it is online. Moreover, because of the online nature of the course, there are significantly more resources available to students, including additional self-reference quizzes, worksheets, activities, and a sizeable library of videos available for reference 24/7.
At the successful completion of an entire program, you will receive a certificate of completion from us.
Qasid Online courses can be taken for a grade and credit, but that credit cannot be applied toward a degree at the moment. It may be possible to apply that credit toward a degree program at another college or university, depending on that institution’s academic policies.
In order to be granted a full tuition refund, students must cancel their registration online or in writing to our online team before completing 3 live classes. After that point, the registration fee and any applicable course fees are non-refundable. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for refund requests.