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Arabic Language and Culture

AMIDEAST is strongly committed to providing students of Arabic with the highest quality programs that are challenging, rigorous, and consistent. AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World has designed its own Arabic Language and Culture Curriculum, based on the most up-to-date approaches to language teaching. This approach to Arabic language instruction is:

  • Functional
  • Communicative
  • Proficiency-based
  • Culturally rich

To implement its Arabic Language and Culture Curriculum, AMIDEAST has created a system that focuses on:

  • Selection of the best possible teachers
  • Development of clear guidelines for each course at each level in the curriculum
  • Creation of new materials (where necessary) to effectively integrate the cultural component into the Colloquial Arabic courses at each program site
  • Observation and feedback to the teachers on an ongoing basis throughout the semester by AMIDEAST’s Arabic Studies Consultant
  • Continuous needs assessment and in-service training for the teachers to assist them in delivering AMIDEAST’s Arabic Language and Culture Curriculum

Each AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program includes a wide range of levels in both Modern Standard and Colloquial Arabic.  Specific information outlining the levels offered on site, including course descriptions, can be found on the program-specific page.  

Arabic Studies Consultant

The Qasid Arabic Institute serves as the Arabic Studies Consultant for AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World.  The Qasid Arabic Institute is based in Amman, Jordan and has developed a reputation as one of the leading programs in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. Its comprehensive curriculum begins with the proper pronunciation of Arabic letters and continues through to a high degree of proficiency.

Dr. Khaled Abuamsha is Academic Director for Modern Standard Arabic at the Qasid Arabic Institute and serves as the main point of contact for Qasid in their role as AMIDEAST’s Arabic Studies Consultant. Since 1997, Dr. Abuamsha has been teaching and giving lectures at various academic institutions, including the International Islamic University in Malaysia, the University of Jordan, and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he was a visiting professor at the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages for most of 2012.  Dr. Abuamsha holds a PhD in curriculum development and methods of teaching Arabic as a second language and is finishing his second PhD in linguistics.  His research interests include proficiency measurement, methods of foreign language teaching, teacher training, foreign language program evaluationand curriculum design.  He has written more than 20 books and papers and participated in several international conferences pertaining to Arabic teaching and linguistics. Dr. Abuamsha has been working with AMIDEAST since 2009.

More information about the Qasid Arabic Institute can be found on its website:

Arabic Language Advisory Board

AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World benefit from the advice of a distinguished group of Arabic language faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. The Arabic Language Advisory Board members work with Dr. Abuamsha and the Qasid Arabic Institute, AMIDEAST’s Arabic Studies Consultant, to define the proficiency-based curriculum for Arabic instruction and the expected outcomes at each level in both Modern Standard Arabic and Spoken Arabic. They also participate in the continuous assessment of the programs.  Members of the Arabic Language Advisory Board are listed below.

  • Mahmoud Al-Batal, University of Texas at Austin
  • Roger Allen, University of Pennsylvania
  • Aida Bamia, University of Florida (retired)
  • Kirk Belnap, Brigham Young University
  • Salah-Dine Hammoud, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Mustafa Mughazy, Western Michigan University 
  • Nevenka Korica Sullivan, Harvard University
  • Karin Ryding, Georgetown University (retired)
  • Mohammed Sawaie, University of Virginia