The International Language Academy (ILA) believes that language education stands at the heart of all efforts to build a better world in which humans understand and sympathize with each other.
ILA is a joint initiative of Notre Dame’s Jerusalem Global Gateway and the Arabic Academy for Professional (AAP), and is housed at the campus of the Gateway (“Tantur”). It is co-founded and co-led by Daniel Schwake and Harel Halevi.
ILA offers innovative and rigorous Language Programs, aiming to bring non-natives to speak fluently and understand the cultures.
These programs offer unparalleled versatility, and are flexible enough to fit the exact needs and sensitivities of every student. They also allow the students to have a truly immersive lingual experience, with constant communication with native speakers.
We also offer our unparalleled accommodations to students studying languages, which will allow them to live and learn with our community. Our community is dedicated to giving our students the experiences and tools necessary to enact positive change on their environment.
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"I really enjoyed my Arabic studies at Tantur, especially the flexibility of the instructors and the curriculum. They designed a program to suit my current Arabic level and my career goals, which helped me to advance quickly and prepared me professionally for working here in Jerusalem."
"I couldn’t have [passed the exam] without the continued and sustained helped of the great staff at Tantur, who went above and beyond in the weeks and days ahead of the test to work on my conversational Arabic, practice assessment elements, and bring a great level of local cultural awareness to my conversation/vocabulary. Thank you to everyone!"
FIRST-CLASS TEAM OF EXPERTS
We bring a team of experts on a variety of topics (grammar, conversation, phonetics etc.) that look back at decades of designing and running Arabic and Hebrew language courses with focus on ensuring non-native speakers are able to speak the language fluently.
Our courses are conducted in an environment that supports the learning and speaking of both Arabic (with Palestinian dialect) and Hebrew, e.g. through regular interaction with native speakers and intentional encounters with Palestinian and Israeli figures and institutes.
TRIED AND TESTED CURRICULUM
Our programs are all based on thoroughly-built curricular offerings that can with privilege be adapted and further enhanced to meet the specific needs of our students (if desired) . Highest standards of a leading university as a global leader in education, ILA is committed to rigorous academic standards as well as seamless administration of its programs.
UNIQUELY POSITIONED CAMPUS
Our Jerusalem campus with its beautiful gardens and grounds, offers a safe learning space and all what our program participants need (classrooms in different sizes, a large library, a dining hall and accommodation services).