The Arabic for Speakers of Other Languages Program (ASOL) was launched to meet the growing interest in studying Arabic by a diverse body of international students. The program, which adopts a functional and a communicative approach to curriculum design, aims to fulfill two goals:
Develop the students' proficiency in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Deepen the student's understanding of the Arab culture. To fulfill these goals, experienced bilingual instructors at University of Petra teach the different Arabic and culture oriented courses offered to the students in a friendly teaching/learning environment.
Provide students with Arabic language proficiency that will enable them to use the language in different settings.
Present a clear image of the Arabs and their culture and expand students' intercultural awareness.
Expand students' knowledge of the Arabic language and its culture.
Improve students' Arabic language proficiency using modern teaching methodology.
Teach the four language skills to enable students to use Arabic in different settings.
Prepare the curricula that meet students' academic and professional needs.
Prepare placement tests to place students in the language courses that are most suitable to their linguistic proficiency.