Sunday, 5 July 2009

Ibn Manthoor - NEW interactive Ibn Manthoor Forum

We have created a NEW FORUM in which we wish to take all of our Q&A sessions to.

This will provide more structure to these sessions as well make for a more interactive way of learning as students can post questions while any other student can give their input according to what they believe is the solution.

There is also a calender in which we wish to put all our lesson timings on to. This is so that we can localise all the information in one place.

Though this is in the elementary stages, we urge students to start familiarising themselves with the website as well as register as members.

The website can be found on the link at the bottom right hand corner of this page titled, "Ibn Manthoor Forum".

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Saturday, 4 July 2009

Ibn Manthoor - Bonus question explained

Please find below the marking system of the bonus question.

The bonus question is worth at MAXIMUM 5 marks. This is to help those students that are struggling to obtain the pass mark of 50%.

However, these marks will be "capped" for those candidates who have already achieved more than 50% within the first 6 questions.

The capping is as follows (note that the % is on the first 6 questions);

Percentage --------- Maximum bonus marks allowed

0% - 49% ---------------------------- 5
50% - 59% -------------------------- 4
60% - 69% -------------------------- 3
70% - 79% -------------------------- 2
80% - 89% -------------------------- 1
90% - 100% ------------------------ 0

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Thursday, 2 July 2009

Ibn Manthoor - Examination Guidance

Your examination paper will be sent to those students that have completed a Statement of Declaration tomorrow.

Below you will find some guidance on performing well in this examination diet.

Examination Guidance

The examination has 7 parts to the paper with the final question being a bonus question.

The total marks of the first 6 parts totals 78 MARKS.
The bonus question is worth 5 MARKS.

The paper is out of 78 MARKS and thus students can obtain marks lost in previous questions in the bonus question. However, these bonus marks will be reduced if the student has already attained a high mark from the first 6 questions.

Candidates should not attempt the bonus question without attempting all previous questions first. This is because candidates are not penalised for not attempting the bouns question.

You will have 2 hours + 15 minutes reading time to complete the examination.
Candidates are not allowed to formuate their answers on the scripts that will be handed in for marking within the 15 minutes allocated to reading.

You should aim to spend about 1.5 minutes per mark.

The key to performing well in this examintaion is working through the paper in a consistent manner. If you do not know how to answer the question, it is best to move on. If you have time at the end you can return back to those questions you left out.

The examination will test your understanding of all taught lessons and thus candidates are advised to go through all the taught material before attempting to sit this paper.

Finally, DO NOT PANIC in the examination. This exam is designed to be difficult in nature compared to other exams and thus students should be aiming for around 60%.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Ibn Manthoor - Level I Examination

The Level I Examination will be sent out to you this week.

Please find below information regarding the examination as well as some guidance points.


Every student will have to send a Statement of Declaration back to the institute in order to take receipt of the paper. There will be no examination paper sent for those students who fail to send this statement to us.

You will have 1 week in which to complete and submit the paper back to us for marking. Those scripts received after the 1 week deadline shall not be marked.


Students must not bring any material into the examination hall except for writing equipment and paper.

Dictionaries are NOT permitted in this examination.

The examination paper is 2 hours long in duration with 15 minutes reading time at the beginning. During this reading time, students are allowed to make notes (solutions) on the exam paper but MUST NOT write on the script that will submitted for marking.

Once the 15 minutes elapses, students can formulate their answers on fresh paper which will be submitted for marking.

The final question, will be a bonus question in which students can obtain marks lost in previous questions. Students are NOTpenalised for not attempting this question.


Results of the scripts submitted will be sent electronically to the emails provided on registration. These will be issued within 1 week of the final submission date.

You will be provided with two results.

These are the RAW mark and QUARTILE mark.

The RAW mark will be the percentage of the exam scored correctly.
The QUARTILE mark will represent how you scored in comparison to your peers.

For example, should you receive a RAW mark of 80% and be in the UPPER QUARTILE, this would mean you correctly answered 80% of the paper and are in the top 25% of the group.


You may appeal if you believe there has been a technical error. For example; the adding up of marks has been calculated incorrectly.

However, other appeals are not likely to succeed and thus are not likely to result in the changing of scores achieved.

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Thursday, 18 June 2009

Ibn Manthoor - New course - Modern Standard Arabic Level I - Applied

We will be holding both "Modern Standard Arabic Level I" course as well as our new "Modern Standard Arabic Level I - APPLIED" course early in July.

"Modern Standard Arabic Level I - APPLIED" will bring together all taught lessons from "Modern Standard Arabic Level I" in the form of stories and classical texts. Focus is on APPLICATION and therefore it is unlikely that students will learn any new grammar.

There will be also an element of Speaking Practice, through dialogues and listening exercises.
Every student will be expected to write a short 1 minute presentation to be delivered to the class as part of Speaking Practice.
However, Speaking will be encountered in more depth in "Modern Standard Arabic Level II - APPLIED". Note that this is after "Modern Standard Arabic Level II".

Finally, the taught lessons will be shifted to an Arabic direction as explanations will be more in Arabic and an English one will be provided should a student find any difficulties in comprehension.

More details of this course will be provided in due course.

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Ibn Manthoor - End of Level I exam

The exam for Group A and B will be sent out on the 1st July 2009.

You will have 1 week to complete the exam and submit for marking. The exam should provide an indication of the amount of knowledge that you have retained as well as your ability to apply it.

Instructions to the exam will be included at the beginning of the exams.

Students MUST sit the exam under STRICT timed conditions and rules.

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Monday, 11 May 2009

Online Arabic Lessons - Student reviews

Please put all your student reviews for "Intensive Modern Standard Arabic I" here.

You may write in English or Arabic or both should you wish to do so but it would be preferrable if you could write at least a paragraph in Arabic.

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Online Arabic Lessons - Code of Conduct

Please review the Code of Conduct below before the commencement of Lesson 1.

Please click on the image below and it will change into a legible size.

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