and Chinese languages are believed to be the most
ancient in the world.
Teaching Philosophy & Objectives
Arabic language courses are offered to promote
linguistic balance within the Secretariat and
improve the language capabilities of its staff,
who work in a multicultural and multilingual environment.
The purpose of these courses is to provide staff
members with the opportunity to achieve proficiency
in other official languages and develop greater
respect for diversity. These courses are also
a great source of information about the culture
and other aspects of the Arab countries.
Regular courses focus on developing general skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They give students a good foundation in lexis (vocabulary), syntax (grammar), phonology (pronunciation and intonation), semantics (meaning), and pragmatics (language in context), as well as cultural awareness. Our Foreign Language Pedagogy: Teaching Grammar, Teaching Reading, Teaching Speaking, Teaching Listening, Teaching Writing, and Teaching Culture.
Teacher is facilitator and model learner"
The above was mentioned in a paper on teaching foreign languages, this is the philosophy of our programme, which means that both students and teachers are partners in this educational process. Our teachers are very dedicated, enjoy teaching, always work hard to find suitable materials and make the learning process an enjoyable experience. Teachers and students share the responsibility of creating a dynamic classroom environment. Our main focus is to teach students how to communicate. Hence, from the beginning even when starting with alphabet, we teach communicative skills through situations chosen and personalized to correspond with students' life and work at the UN.
Classes are usually offered before work, at lunch
time 12-3, or after work. Two types of Arabic
language courses are offered in each thirteen-week
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