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University of Jordan Language Center (UJLC)




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 corners.

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.

2. 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.

3. Preparing and overseeing placement tests in both English and Arabic to incoming graduate students at the Masterís and Ph.D. levels.

4. 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 purposes.

5. 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.

Studentsí Benefits:

Students will also enjoy the following benefits:

1. Library access.
2. Computer & Internet access.
3. Sports activities.
4. Saturday trips.
5. Language partners.

     6. University clubs and activities

Students Facilities

LC seeks 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 Office

4. A small clinic & large hospital

5. A co-operative consumersí shop

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 schedule here.

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).