To support foreign language studies and cultural awareness, Global Educational Excellence (“GEE”), has cultivated an overseas partnership with The University of Jordan to develop the Global Passage program. The purpose of the program, if funding is available, is to enhance student learning of the Arabic language by immersing students into an Arabic-speaking country.
The program is available to high school juniors who are selected through an application process. To assist in the process, a local university uses GEE’s – developed rubric to review applications and determine final student selections. A planned course of study occurs in the summer months and includes four hours of daily foreign language instruction, led by The University of Jordan instructors and four hours of daily cultural activities. In addition, the cultural awareness component elevates and deepens the student’s understanding of the Arab culture through various cultural field trips (i.e. the Dead Sea, city tours and visits to the hot springs and baths of Hammamat Ma’een).
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to receive one high school credit. To earn credit, students must successfully complete a summative assessment (e.g., final exam) and score at the Novice Mid-level on the ACTFL proficiency test.