Studying at the University of Jordan Language
Center (UJLC) leads to academic qualifications and language learning highly
respected not only throughout the Middle East region but also throughout the
globe. UJLC gives students the opportunity to learn Arabic in its native
environment. UJLC also, naturally, enables students to experience first-hand
the rich cultural context within which Arabic functions and to forge
valuable contacts and friendships. Additionally, the Hashemite Kingdom of
Jordan is one of the most welcoming Middle Eastern countries to
international students, one of the most open and liberal, and one of the
most culturally wealthy. The capital, Amman, is the most exciting city in
the country and region. The University of Jordan campus, where the language
center is located, is the most beautiful in the country.
History and structure
The Language Centre is one of the foremost
language teaching institutions in Jordan and the Middle żEast
region. It was established, upon Royal Decree, in 1979 to provide language
learning for all of individuals and groups interested in learning Arabic.
UJLC is composed of three academic sections, a lab unit and several cultural
The Language Center Tasks
Presently, UJLC is entrusted with the following tasks:
1. Offering a six-level intensive program in modern Standard Arabic
for speakers of other languages: beginning (two levels), pre-intermediate,
intermediate, upper-intermediate, and advanced. Seventh and eighth levels
are offered upon request.
Overseeing the teaching of four compulsory courses in language
communication skills in both Arabic and English taken by all university
students. 5000 students are normally registered in about 120 sections of
each course. In addition, the Center offers a remedial course for about 1500
students who are expected to master the basics of English on the basis of
the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) required of all incoming
students. All of this testifies to LCís proven experience in language
teaching and learning.
Preparing and overseeing placement tests in both English and
Arabic to incoming graduate students at the Masterís and Ph.D. levels.
LC makes use of a very modern-visual aids section which comprises
four fully-equipped language laboratories, two individualized listening
rooms, a video library, a translation laboratory, an audio-visual room for
films and a studio for recording and copying materials for teaching
Offering, upon request, courses in Arabic for Special Purposes
for individuals or small groups in which instruction is based on
individualized tutoring and the syllabus is tailored to suit learnersí
individual interests. Demand for these courses has grown noticeably recently
due to success of the courses and the style of learning/teaching.
Students will also enjoy the
1. Library access.
2. Computer & Internet access.
3. Sports activities.
4. Saturday trips.
5. Language partners.
6. University clubs
to enhance all aspects of student life. Facilities within the University
campus available for the use of students include:
1. A post office
2. Two banks with ATM machines
3. A Royal Jordanian Airlines
4. A small clinic & large
5. A co-operative consumersí
6. A bookstore
7. Restaurant and Cafeterias
8. Sports and art activities
The University Mosque and the University Library are adjacent to
the Language Center. Use of library services, which is optional, requires an
annual subscription of a refundable deposit of JD 50.
Extra Curricular activities
As part of its role in deepening the studentsí exploration, not
only in language but also in culture, the Language Center arranges for
weekly trips to Jordan's most beautiful historical attractions and site of
recreation every Saturday. Such attractions include: Petra, Jerash, Wadi
Rum, Aqaba, Baptism Site, Dead Sea and many more. Download the trips
Daily sportsí activities, competitions, and sportsí trips are
arranged each semester. Cultural activities, plays, and university clubs are
held throughout the semester. UJLC clubs include colloquial Arabic
conversation, English conversation, Dubka(Arabic dancing), Arabic cooking,
and Arabic language (grammar).