We apply the GPA method, which immediately immerses students and allows them to rapidly develop functional conversation skills and a vocabulary of hundreds of words as they interact with real-world objects. Later phases shift towards more abstract elements and complex communication through pictures, drawings and stories.
Phase 1: The Here and Now (70 hours)
Relearn the physical world around you as though through the eyes of a child. Your instructor will help you collect the most necessary vocabulary through an interactive approach of seeing and doing, using toys, actions and pictures. You will learn to understand around 1200 words and several grammar structures. Students slowly learn to speak in the sessions and develop an understanding of complex speech in the present tense, alongside various standard expressions.
Phase 2: Story building (150 hours)
Further enhance your ability to talk and understand, learning to construct simple stories using pictures. The focus continues to be on the here and now, and another 1200 words are added to your vocabulary.
Phase 3: Shared stories (250 hours)
Begin to experience the world through an interactive introduction to local situations. We start to listen to classic stories like Little Red Riding Hood, as well as local stories like Juha. Students and their instructors also engage in ‘shared experiences,’ where students are introduced to daily life in Jordan through outside excursions, such as a trip to the supermarket. Students are also shown wordless cartoons and discuss them with their instructors.
Phase 4: Deep life sharing (500 hours)
Encounter deep events in the lives of your instructors. Students develop their conversational ability alongside an enhanced capacity to narrate with higher levels of articulation. Students and instructors engage in life interviews and conversations discussing local social situations, sharing views and experiences and forming a deeper level of friendship.
Phase 5: Native-to-native discourse (500 hours)
Develop your ability to understand local speech, listening to native-to-native conversation and learning about such content with your instructor. You will learn to converse in Arabic on a local level, listening to radio and Arabic dialogue to help you sound more like a native speaker.