AMERICAN STUDENTS FEEDBACK
Salah asked us what we wanted to learn and understood our pace. He knew when we needed to be challenged and when we needed to slow down the pace. We studied a wide variety of things in class and experienced the Arab culture up close. This will help me relate with and understand Arabs in the future if I continue to study to teach ESL. Living in Ibra forced us to learn more Arabic. It was a good challenge. Studying at ASU allowed us to meet many people and build real friendships. Spending time with our friends from ASU helped improve our Arabic. All of the people in Ibra were very kind and hospitable. They were quick to welcome us into their lives. I would recommend ASU to future students of Arabic because it is an opportunity to be challenged. By committing to the program, students are given a unique opportunity to focus on learning the Arabic language.
- How did you feel about your Arabic class?
At first, Arabic class was rather intimidating and very challenging, but I was extremely excited to learn. Within a few weeks, we became used to the structure of class and the more we learned the more comfortable we became with the language.
- What did you like about your teacher?
Our teacher, Saleh Al-Huneini, is both knowledgeable about how to teach the Arabic language and familiar with American culture. The laid-back structure of the class was helpful and he often catered the lesson plan to what we desired to learn.
- What particularly did you like about the program?
I enjoyed the challenge of learning Arabic and being fully immersed into the culture where few of our friends spoke extensive English. This pushed us and challenged us to interact with the people, and our teacher did so as well.
- How did you like living in Ibra?
There were many pros and cons to living in Ibra, but I believe the pros outweigh the cons. The culture of Ibra is very different from America, so it took time to adjust to that, but overall we very much enjoyed being so immersed into Omani culture in the small town of Ibra. Living in Ibra challenged us to engage with the people more and use our Arabic language.
- How did you like studying in ASU?
I enjoyed it very much! I would recommend ASU to anyone who desires to study in the Middle East and wants a genuine, culture-immersion experience.
- How did you like the culture and people in Ibra?
The Omani culture is by far one of my favorite that I have interacted with among several cultures I have either lived in or interacted with. The people in Ibra are extremely friendly and especially hospitable.
- Would you recommend ASU Arabic program for others? If yes, why?
I would absolutely recommend the ASU Arabic program for students who desire a true, cross-cultural experience. The staff and students at ASU far exceeded my expectations as far as kindness and a challenging time of learning.