"My summer at Al-Mashriq has been an incredibly rewarding life experience. It was my first time in the Middle East, and when I arrived in Amman my language level was pretty low, having just covered the Elementary Arabic course throughout the winter. I cannot say that adjusting to a new country, with undeniably different culture and customs, is an easy process, especially if you haven't mastered the language spoken in that country; however, even in this respect, Al-Mashriq has been for me like a big family, where I constantly found support, encouragement and positive attitudes.
First of all, the instruction is, in my view, structured and organized in the best way possible. Classes are small, so that every student gets the proper amount of attention. Teachers are not only professional, well-prepared and widely experienced, but also incredibly energetic, engaging and open-minded. I was personally amazed at the speed of my daily progress, and by the end of the two months I had built a new self-confidence in my language skills.
But Al-Mashriq is not only about teaching language in the classroom. The center gives students many different opportunities to practice the language outside of the classroom, as well as to get into contact with the culture behind it. Workshops, daily trips, and language partners are viewed as essential parts of the learning process, so that the student always feels engaged and willing to experience more and more."
- Silvia Caserta, Cornell University