American Association of Teachers of Arabic

Summer 2011 Arabic Language Immersion in Muscat (ALIM) at the The World Learning Oman Center ("WorLOC")

The World Learning Oman Center ("WorLOC") has many years of experience teaching intensive Arabic language programs to students from around the world. WorLOC is known for the quality of their teaching and the quick speaking abilities of students, most of whom also live with Omani families while they study on the campus. 

WLOC is located in Muscat, with a direct view of the Arabian Sea only 100 meters away. Within the campus are faculty offices, classrooms, a library and kitchen where some 200 students and professionals come each year to learn, travel, and immerse in Gulf and Omani culture. 

World Learning in Brattleboro, Vermont, is the parent campus which has been operating study abroad programs since 1932. Their programs are fullyaccredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The Oman Center is directed by Dr. J. Larry Brown, a longtime educator who served on the faculty of Harvard University and also as Board Chair of Oxfam. 

Classes may be taken forcredit or noncredit. All Arabic language classes are taught by a highly skilled and experienced team of Omanis. All teachers are Omani native speakers with a formal professional education as language teachers and experience in teaching Arabic to foreign students. 

ALIM: Arabic Language Immersion in Muscat

Level: Intermediate (two years of university Arabic or the equivalent) 

Instruction: Modern Standard Arabic, media literacy, passive comprehension and active use of "educated speech" (lughatalmuthaqqafeen) as used on Al Jazeera 

Textbook: Al Kitaab fii Taalum Al Arabiya II (and authentic media material) 

Program dates: June 10-July 21, 2011 (six weeks) 

Schedule: Four hours daily, five days a week (three hours of classroom instruction and one hour in conversation with a peer facilitator) 

Instructors: Native Omani Arabic speakers, with formal AFL training and experience teaching foreign university students and other international audiences 

Cultural activities: Lectures and films, museum visits, interactions with peer facilitators, participation in homestay family leisure activities 

Class size: Two classes, six students each 

Excursions: Weekend trips to interior villages and wadis. 


Included in program fees:
Arabic language program
Homestay accommodations (includes breakfast and dinner daily)
Lunch during the week (Omani, Turkish, Pakistani and Lebanese food)
Cultural events, such as lectures and films
Airport pick up from Muscat International Airport
Renewable visa
Transportation between homestay and World Learning Oman Center
Not included in program fees:
Airfare to/from Oman
Arrival visa (20 OMR at Muscat Airport)
Textbook: Al Kitaab fii Taalum Al Arabiya II (available for purchase)
Weekend excursions to interior villages and wadis (optional)
APPLICATION DEADLINE MAY 29. Program space is limited to 12. First applicants given priority. 

Application Form

Summer 2011 ALIM Application: 

Summer 2011 ALIM Application and Information: 
About the National Council on U.S.Arab Relations

Founded in 1983, the National Council on U.S.Arab Relations is an American nonprofit, nongovernmental, educational organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world. The Council has been granted public charity status in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are taxdeductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The National Council does not employ or retain a lobbyist. 


The National Council's vision is a relationship between the United States and its Arab partners, friends, and allies that rests on as solid and enduring a foundation as possible. Such a foundation, viewed from both ends of the spectrum, is one that would be characterized by strengthened and expanded strategic, economic, political, commercial, and defense cooperation ties; increased joint ventures; a mutuality of benefit; reciprocal respect for each other's heritage and values; and overall acceptance of each other's legitimate needs, concerns, interests, and objectives. 


The National Council's mission is educational. It seeks to enhance American awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Arab countries, the Mideast, and the Islamic world. Its means for doing so encompass but are not limited to programs for leadership development, peopletopeople exchanges, lectures, publications, an annual ArabU.S. Policymakers Conference, and the participation of American students and faculty in Arab world study experiences. As a public service, the Council also serves as an information clearinghouse and participant in national, state, and local grassroots outreach to media, think tanks, and select community, civic, educational, religious, business, and professional associations. In these ways the Council helps strengthen and expand the overall ArabU.S. relationship. 

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