At the heart of all of The MALIC Center’s services and successes, lie our teachers. Not only do we ensure the quality of our instructors from the earliest stages of recruitment, but we also invest heavily in continuing their professional development as specialists in the field of Arabic Language Pedagogy throughout the duration of their employment at MALIC. Through an extensive screening of their educational background and prior teaching experience, we not only confirm that our candidates carry an impeccable understanding of the Arabic language with native fluency, but we also assess them on the basis of their proficiency in English (at least working/operational), the suitability of their personalities for leading our students in an engaging classroom environment and their cultural fluency in matters relating to local, regional and global issues and current events in the realms of politics, religion, economics and other areas. Following the initial screening all potential teaching candidates must undergo two intensive training workshops on Arabic Language Pedagogical Methodologies for Non-Native Learners and Advanced Grammar and Syntax of the Arabic Language, after which the candidate is allowed limited teaching priveleges during a trial period (with students’ consent) at the end of which a final decision is rendered regarding his candidacy, based off of his performance in the classroom.
However, the real difference between the instructors that make up our team at MALIC and the teachers employed with our competitors is our teachers’ passion. From the first lesson, our instructors bring the enthusiasm and energy required to engage their students at nine in the morning as well as the patience and perseverance to keep students going through intensive language programming that can often last up to 4 hours on end. Moreover, we train our teachers to think outside-the-box (and outside-the-textbook), encouraging them to innovate dynamic and creative solutions for students’ individual needs and learning preferences. (Not to mention that almost all of our instructors carry experience in curricula development.) Our teachers are also keenly aware of the diversity and complexity of Jordanian and foreign cultures, and as such bring an open-mindedness and respect for students of diverse backgrounds regardless of their gender, race, religion, nationality or political views; we consider our classrooms safe spaces to discuss any and all topics of interest to our students as they grow and cultivate their cultural fluency alongside their linguistic fluency. Yet perhaps the greatest attribute that our teachers’ bring with them into their classrooms is their love for learning and for their profession. It is so common for our teachers to stay well past their designated hours tutoring students, that Director Al-Gudah has had to drag several teachers out of their classrooms on more than one occasion to their next sessions. MALIC’s teachers oftentimes take groups of their students out to souqs, cafes and even invite them into their homes for a homemade Jordanian meal giving them opportunities to practice Arabic in a variety of social settings, all of which our teachers do on their own time.