Overview

Overview

The Language Center at Yarmouk University was established in 1979 and is one of the largest centers in the university.  Every semester the center serves nearly six thousand students from various disciplines with the aim to improve the performance of students in English skills. The center teaches two courses in English language which are compulsory for the undergraduate level.  Students may be exempted from one of them based on their scores in the placement test. All exams for the university compulsory courses are computerized to ensure rapid feedback and strict neutrality in the measurement of students' performance and evaluation of their achievements. The Language Center also offers remedial courses for students who need training in the university requirements (taught at the center).

In addition, The Language Center teaches Arabic skills in different levels. At the beginning, students have to pass the Arabic placement test. Then, they have to study the four major basic skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Moreover, it teaches Arabic for special purposes.

Additional training is offered in collaboration with the Queen Rania Center for Jordanian Studies and Community Service for all interested in building skills for the local and international TOEFL tests. Skilled and experienced instructors teach these TOEFL courses serving not only the local community, but also the governmental and private sectors. Yarmouk Language Center is also one of the certified national centers for executing the local TOEFL examination which is a requirement for admission into graduate studies programs in Jordan.  These exams are directly supervised by the Higher Education Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission (HEAQAC). 

Since the beginning of the 1980s, the Language Center offers a program of Arabic as a foreign language in addition to Arabic for special purposes.  Yarmouk university has agreements with several international public and private institutions for teaching Arabic as a foreign language.  One of the oldest Arabic-language programs for foreigners in Jordan is the Yarmouk-Virginia program.  There are other collaborations in this respect with international Universities like Minnesota and Richmond, Texas El-Paso, a number of European universities, Malaysian, Korean, Turkish, and Taiwanese universities, Embassies, and Diplomatic Missions.

The Language Centre aspires to develop Arabic as a Foreign Language Program and to expand its relations with local and international universities. It is also dedicated to strengthen its role and intensify its activities that are consistent with the goals and philosophy of the university.

Vision

The Language Center is after being a distinctive academic center at the local, regional and global levels. It aspires to participate in the development of the quality of education according to the highest global standards. Moreover, our vision is to make the Center prominent in all teaching programs, particularly in the areas of teaching Arabic to Non-Arabic speakers. Furthermore, the center aims to be the best in the Middle East and to compete with the most internationally recognized programs in this field. Our broad vision is not only limited to just language instruction but also extends to be a leading research facility.  

Mision

Our mission is to provide first class education and social services . This can be accomblished through different educational programs regarding comprehensive development that serve the society with talented, professional and distinctive trainees and teachers who are able to cope with the technological and scientific developments. Our specific mission is confirming the permanent and distinctive work by introducing and conveying to the world an honorable image of both Arab and Islamic cultures. Also, to provide opportunities to students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to achieve their goals.

Objectives

  • Attracting programs of teaching Arabic Language to non-native speakers.
  • Developing the English National Test (ENT).
  • Holding an international conference on teaching Arabic to non-native speakers on regular basis.
  • Establishing a professional Diploma program for teaching Arabic language to non-native speakers.
  • Stimulating the faculty, administrators, and technicians to make distinctive efforts.
  • Holding training courses for teachers of Arabic Language for non-Arabic speakers.
  • Promoting the teaching process and developing teaching programs and courses.
  • Developing classrooms to serve the teaching process to the fullest.
  • Providing a building that embraces all the center programs.

Values

  • The values of the center are based on the core values of the university and emirate from them. The center aims to achieve its vision and mission through providing fundamental values that stem from the general and special convictions of the society. These convictions include:
  • Adopting social and ethical values, providing freedom of opinion and counter-option, freedom of expressing oneself, and freedom of thought.
  • Developing students' language skills and spreading Arabic Language globally.
  • Reinforcing the sense of belonging to homeland, university as well as making the public interest the first priority.
  • Having high confidence in the ability to compete globally through presenting the distinctive aspects of the center, particularly those which compete globally through presenting the distinctive aspects of the center, particularly those related to spreading Arabic language, efficiently and distinctively.
  • Spreading the spirit of robust scientific research in creating distinguished scholars.
  • Reinforcing transparency, objectivity, and academic freedom which are based on the cornerstone of success and excellence.
  • Combining originality and modernity.

Strategic Plan