Modern Standard Arabic
The course consists of nine grades within 3 levels, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. By the end of this course, one should be able to read and understand texts on topics of interest and to communicate in everyday situations. This route is designed primarily for individuals and groups who are looking to learn Standard Arabic, either for academic or personal reasons.
For the beginner, classes focus on essential vocabulary and basic grammar (in the early stages grammar is taught implicitly, unless otherwise requested). In the later stages, the focus shifts to more in-depth grammar and a more extensive vocabulary is encouraged. Although all levels follow a set curriculum, the higher levels offer more opportunity for deviation from the course materials. We use additional resources both to help you to overcome linguistic weaknesses as they are identified, and to focus on areas of special interest.
At all stages you are encouraged to make use of the Academy and its facilities to develop your language skills further. It is hard to gain a precise understanding of the usage of words without regularly speaking Arabic.
Level 1: Basic Arabic
The elementary level is intended for students with little or no prior exposure to Arabic. Participants will learn to read and write using the Arabic alphabet, and acquire the skills needed to conduct simple conversations concerning daily needs. Students begin building a vocabulary base and are introduced to basic grammar and syntax structures. By the end of level one, students should be able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements.
Level 2: Intermediate Arabic
Students entering the intermediate level should be able speak clearly, converse on limited subjects, and read and write simple texts. This level emphasizes techniques for reading, research and composition in Arabic, as well as advanced conversational skills. Audio-visual and published materials are introduced to reinforce listening and reading comprehension. Students gain increased confidence in grammar and syntax and concentrate on expanding their vocabulary base. At the end of this level, students should be able to speak, read and write confidently on various subjects, including: politics, religion, economics and culture.
Level 3: Advanced Arabic
Advanced participants should be able to speak with confidence and clarity in most situations, and be capable of reading and writing on differing subjects with relative ease. The advanced level emphasizes overall reading comprehension, advanced writing skills, translation techniques and continued vocabulary acquisition. In addition to texts introduced for class work and home study, course material may also reflect the individual needs and interests of the advanced student. Participants who successfully complete this level should possess Arabic skills acceptable for academic or professional use.