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Prof. Marwan M. Obeidat, The Director


The Philadelphia University Language Center (PULC) was established in 1998 as an independent academic unit directly reporting to the University's president. It is responsible for:

  • Making use of the University's linguistic capabilities and expertise, developing its student's language skills and abilities, offering training courses, and conducting studies and research in language development.
  • Designing and presenting the University's language requirements.
  • Preparing, supervising, and up-dating the English Placement Test (EPT) used for assigning students to Remedial English, English Skills I, and English Skills II.
  • Designing and offering non-degree courses in the European languages of French, Italian, Spanish, and German, and the oriental languages of Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish, and other languages the University deems necessary.
  • Designing and offering the University's programs of Arabic for speakers of other languages.
  • Designing and conducting an Arabic placement test for speakers of other languages in order to place students in different levels in accordance with their scores on the test.
  • Designing, offering, and evaluating courses in Arabic for speakers of other languages (ASOL).
  • Designing and offering courses for the University's graduate students in cooperation with the departments concerned.
  • Participating in the provision of language tuition for the community provided by the Philadelphia University Center of Consultations and Community Service.
  • Supervising the University's language labs both technically and administratively.
  • Offering training courses in English and other modern languages both for university employees and non-employees (local community).
  • Supervising language qualification programs leading to the TOEFL and IELTS.
  • Holding seminars, conferences, and training courses in language acquisition and teaching methodology.
  • Doing research in the area of language development and teaching methodology, and designing programs and teaching modules.
  • Holding placement tests in the languages offered by the Language Center at the request of the University's faculties and institutions.