One of the reasons I wanted to move to Jordan was to learn a new language. I moved here mid-February 2017 and it’s now mid-September and though my street Arabic is progressing shwai shwai, I know I really need to kick myself in the butt and get some more formal classes ASAP! My first strategy was to post in expat & locals Facebook groups asking for Arabic teachers. Needless to say I got a lot of messages, but none from qualified teachers…
I also got a lot of language exchange requests, but I’m being selfish right now and I just want to learn Arabic without having to teach someone in return.
And then there were other messages that gave some, um, alternative suggestions for learning Arabic…
I’m actually quite partial to the part about eating Arabic food to learn the language, but since I’ve eaten about 10 kilos of falafel & 50 kilos of hummus over the months and I’m still not fluent, I knew it was time for the old school option…going to school.
Now I haven’t officially started class yet, I’ve just done a bit of hunting and asking for recos for language academies in Amman. Here is a running list of the schools I was recommended:
Deewan Institute for Languages and Cultural Studies
Jabal el Weibdeh, Paris Circle
Jordan Language Academy
Swefieh, 13 Hammam Bin Munabbeh Street
Courses & Programs:
Full-time, part-time, intensive, tailor-made, tutoring… see all options here.
Zeta International Center
Jabal Al Weibdeh
- 07 9641 2333
Qasid Arabic Institute
22 Queen Rania (University) Street
What makes Qasid different:
The Qasid Institute for Arabic has a comprehensive curriculum in either Modern Standard Arabic or Classical Arabic taught over five distinct levels. Alongside their core programs, they offer a selection of complementary courses in local Jordanian dialect, Tajweed and Arabic calligraphy. The program is not all academic but they also have many cultural and tourist activities like visiting Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana Reserve, Dead Sea, Wadi-Mujib and weekly in-house cultural activities such as cultural dances, cooking and a cultural week.
Consult all prices here.
8th Circle – Senad Complex #9, Above Jiwar Market, 2nd Floor
What makes Shababeek different:
Start times at Shababeek are flexible provided they have availability (except in semester-long classes). Morning sessions can be quite crowded, but typically they can work people in at any time of the year for whatever length they wish to join. They emphasize a coached based GPA approach to language learning, which means they focus on developing better communication skills and comprehension. It also means their certified language learning advisors are regularly observing sessions and giving feedback to participants.
- Private Classes: 8-10 JD/hour
- Pair: 5-6.5 JD/hour
- Group: 4.5-6 JD/hour
Consult all prices here.
- (06) 582 2158
Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture
Jabal Amman, Rainbow Street
What makes Sijal different:
The staff at Sijal is highly professional and accomplished with the majority of teachers having their doctorate or master’s, in addition to many years of experience. They offer high quality, communicative and culturally engaged instruction and give personal, individualized focus on each student whether in a group or private class. In addition to the language classes, Sijal offers a rich cultural calendar of public and private film screenings, lectures, workshops and events. Languages are not learned in a vacuum–Sijal tries to provide all students with the opportunity to engage intellectually and culturally with Jordanians and Palestinians doing interesting work here in Amman.
- (06) 465 4651
Abu Bakker Assideeq Street
- (06) 420 0131
Misbah Intercultural Center
Jabal al Weibdeh
What makes Misbah Center different:
They are a very flexible center and allow students to set their classes schedule according to their needs up until 9 p.m.
- Individual: 9 JD/hour
- Pair: 7.5 JD/hour
- Group: 6 JD/hour
- (06) 462 5022
Berlitz Language Center
Shmeisani, Prince Shaker Bin Zeid Street – Bldg#46
What makes Berlitz different:
Berlitz focuses on teaching students through speaking and not just studying.
- (06) 566 5393
Institut Français de Jordanie
Jabal al Weibdeh, Paris Circle
What makes IF different:
They organize a lot of cultural activities: yoga, break dancing and contemporary dance classes with Jordanian professional teachers, and more! Follow them on their Twitter or Instagram to be in the loop.
- 195 JD – 45 hours
- 1 student : 29 JD/hour
- 2 students : 35 JD/hour
- 3 students : 42 JD/hour
- 4 to 9 students : 45 JD/hour
- 10 to 15 students : 50 JD/hour
See all rates here.
- (06) 461 2658
What am I missing? Comment below and let me know!