Studying Arabic in Israel, the Best of All Worlds
There are countless good reasons to study Arabic, such as gaining access to a broad-range of job opportunities, touring to Arab-speaking areas with more confidence, and acquiring a basis for cultivating relationships with an astoundingly diverse set of people spread across the planet, and there is no better place to study the language, than Israel. Heres why:
Contributing to Peace and Understanding:
Language is a tremendous tool to break the cultural barriers. By giving graduates the skill to participate in any number of interactions in the dialect used by Palestinians, Jordanian, Syrians, Lebanese, and other Levantine-Arabic speakers, they can venture into the Arabic speaking communities in their country and better understand and aide them, such as the case of graduates involved with assisting Syrian refugees in Europe.
By choosing to learn Arabic in Israel, the countrys second official language, students gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the regions nations, markets and religions, and Givat Haviva hopes they use it for grassroots peace movement and peace initiatives.
The Conflict in Full Context
Studying in Israel allows students to see the green line, the proximity of the orders in the Golan Heights, and the separation walls. Empowered with spoken Arabic, the reality of the Israeli landscape and access to the local Israeli Arabs, students gain a deeper understanding of the sides of conflict and the people who live with its reality every day, free from secondhand sources and mass-media sensationalism.
Israeli Experience: Israel stands out as being the most experienced country in the world to teach Arabic - and especially Spoken Arabic - as a second language. Arabic-as-a-second- language methodologies for matured learners - who approach the new language with an established language constructs, grammatical structure, and phonetic capabilities – have been developed, inspected, and honed for decades.
Exposure to Arab Israelis: 20% of Israeli population is identified as Arab-Israeli and around Givat Haviva, over 100,000 Muslim Arabs Israelis live in the little villages and towns of Waadi Ara. Visits with the flourishing Arab Israeli sector provide a unique opportunity to learn the Arab culture and to hear a different perspective than you might hear from mainstream media.
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