At Pondok Modern Al-Ikhlash the teaching of foreign languages is focused on Arabic and English. According to the pesantren terms, both languages constitute the “crown” of the cottage. the target students after graduating from the cottage can speak Arabic and English actively.
The learning methodology used is the direct method (al-thariqah al-mubasyirah) as a person learns Mother tongue. directly spoken and immediately also practiced in everyday conversation.
Every day in addition to subject matter in class, is also supported by the introduction of new vocabulary every day. Held in the morning after reading the Qur’an at dawn, the students were given a new vocabulary as well as being trained to use it in perfect sentences.
The language proficiency program is also supported by the use of the language learned in the study of religious sciences that are presented in Arabic since students sit in class II TMI.
Mrs. Namji from Hawaii gave his presentation in English
Besides that, language discipline is also programmed; the students must speak in Arabic or English, both fellow friends and speak with the cleric.
As for sanctions for those who violate the discipline of language sought sanctions that support language learning such as memorizing short letters from the Qur’an, memorizing the hadith, Mahsudzat or writing essays in Arabic or English. Can also be in the form of adding new vocabulary.
Other supporters with a speech contest in Arabic or English, as well as a drama competition between classes in both languages. In addition, every semester present speakers from native speakers who are ready to give public lectures or training using Arabic or English and not translated. It is hoped that with these activities air can be created using language properly and can also recognize language culture.
To encourage each semester there is also a tasyji ’lughah program such as strengthening language skills by presenting guest lecturers from outside, and also assisted by students from inside the cottage.
Al-Ikhlash also collaborated with Atdikbud Cairo in presenting students from Egypt to strengthen their language skills, they stayed in Pondok for 2 months and joined the students of course using Arabic.