Lesson 3: Courtesies

Learn how to be polite in Jordan.


In this short lesson, students will learn how to be gracious and polite in the Jordanian culture. You will learn how to say please and thank you, nice to meet you, God bless you, and a bunch of other useful courtesies that will delight your new Jordanian friends.

Your Instructor

Ghadeer Darawsheh
Ghadeer Darawsheh


Currently, I am the Academic and Educational Director at Al Baher Arabic Language Center. I am a Jordanian Citizen with a Bachelor's degree in linguistics from Jordan University, Amman. I have more than 22 years of teaching and translation experience in Arabic and English. Realizing the increased importance that the Arabic language is gaining internationally, being a native speaker of Arabic gives me an edge in developing strategies for the non-native speakers regarding skills related to the competencies of the Arabic language. I have excellent Arabic language teaching evaluations from my various students.

My techniques of teaching Arabic to foreigners have been compiled in two published books: Arabic for Beginners in the Levantine Dialect (Yalla Nadros Arabi) and The Arabic Reading Book for the Intermediate and Advanced Levels. Both books are used and taught at my own language center.

In my language center and under my supervision, my teachers and I train students from the US military to prepare for their OPI and DLPT exams. In this respect, I have helped more than one hundred students achieve their designated score (3-3 or 4-4 according to the ILR standards) in the skills of reading, listening and speaking. Furthermore, I worked as a tester for the Foreign Service Institute Arabic Proficiency Test.

As part of being a Partner Manager at Al Baher Arabic Language Training Center, I design Arabic courses for non-native speakers, work closely with the eight instructors that work at the center, follow up their bi-weekly lesson plans, follow up with the students' progress, write teaching manuals and books, and coordinate teaching schedules. Throughout my years of experience, I have taught Arabic courses at the novice, intermediate and advanced levels, which has given me extensive experience in designing courses that fit the needs of my students. The teaching methodologies that I have used in class are always tailored to meet the needs of my students. When designing courses, I taught the students' learning styles which have always been taken into consideration. Arabic instruction is offered on one-to-one basis as well as working in small groups.

Each year, I deal with approximately four hundred students of different levels and goals. I have travelled extensively both domestically and internationally, which have given me firsthand experience to negotiate and deal successfully with various professionals from around the world. I am adept at establishing contacts and building relationships with corporate and public officials.


1. Arabic Fluent - Understand, Speak, Read, and Write

2. English Fluent - Understand, Speak, Read, and Write

3. French Fluent - Understand, Read, and Write

Awarded contracts with AL Baher:

  • Private Contractor providing Arabic language instruction to various US Embassy employees and their eligible family members in Amman-Jordan
  • Private Contractor with the US military (MAP section), providing Arabic language instruction for army personnel
  • Private contractor for USAID, Amman-Jordan; providing Arabic language instruction courses (different levels)
  • Private contractor for the Iraq Support Unit (ISU), Amman-Jordan; providing Arabic language instruction courses (different levels)
  • Private contractor for the open source center (OSC), Amman-Jordan; providing Arabic language instruction courses (different levels)
  • Private contractor for the University of North Carolina; providing Arabic language instruction courses (different levels)
  • Private Contractor with the Fort Bragg Military Installation, North Carolina providing Arabic language instruction for army personnel


Faculty of Arts (1990 - 1994)

Bachelor of English and French

Language and Literature

University of Jordan (2003 - 2004)

Diploma in Teaching Arabic for Speakers of Other Languages: it is a one-year program consisting of 8 courses (24 credit hours) in addition to the on-the-job training component. The program aims at preparing and graduating its students to be highly qualified professionals knowledgeable in the theories and applications, ins and outs of the ASOL (The Arabic for Speakers of Other Languages) program.

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