Course Tracks

ac-1Arab Academy’s full-time study abroad program is designed for students who wish to improve their Arabic skills greatly in a short amount of time while gaining an unparalleled understanding of Middle Eastern politics, religion, culture and society. Arabic courses are offered to students at all levels, from those who know no Arabic to those who already have advanced skills. Class sizes are small, with a maximum of 8 students per class. You get a different teacher each hour, to maximize exposure to different teaching methods and styles.

Students and resident expats interested in studying with us for any amount of time may enroll in any of the Arabic language courses, with new classes starting every month. Full-time (20 hours of class) and half-time options (10 hours of class) and flexible options are available. Private one-on-one classes are available starting at any time.

During each semester, a full-time course load normally consists of 4 hours of class per day 5 days a week for a total of 16 semester units. Students normally take courses in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Arabic. We supplement some Arabic courses with integrated cultural outings during and outside of class time with teachers, as well as hands-on cultural activities like cooking and calligraphy and lectures by Egyptian experts in a variety of fields.

Students are placed in the appropriate level of Arabic based on Arab Academy’s Arabic Language Placement Exam, which is offered for free to individual study abroad students. Upon registration, you may take this test right away from home before arriving in Egypt (preferred), or take it upon arrival in Cairo. Students in Arabic courses also gain free access to our online Arabic learning mateModern Standard Arabicrials for the duration of their enrollment in our study abroad program and for a month after departure.

Arab Academy’s Modern Standard Arabic courses have been carefully designed and are based on the proficiency scale guidelines provided by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Arab Academy offers classes for students of all proficiency levels. Whether you are a total beginner, or a really advanced speaker of Arabic, you will still find an Arab Academy course that will be of use to you.

Students who wish to study Modern Standard Arabic in Cairo with us who have previous knowledge of Arabic will be given our Arab Language Placement Test upon arrival to determine the course in which they will be enrolled. These courses are to be completed sequentially.

Arabic 101: Elementary Arabic I

This course is designed for students who know nothing or very little Arabic. It introduces the Arabic alphabet then presents daily life situations that visitors to the Middle East are likely to encounter.  At the end of the course students will be able to communicate with native speakers on familiar topics. They will be able to socialize and discuss accommodation and travel plans. They will have a basic understanding of the fundamental Structures/Speaking of Modern Standard Arabic.

Arabic 102: Elementary Arabic II

This course is for students who have studied one semester of Arabic at the university level. It revolves around daily life situations that visitors to the Middle East are likely to encounter. At the end of the course students will be able to communicate with native speakers on a number of everyday life situations that include ordering food, visiting tourist sites, asking for and giving directions, shopping and asking for the price. They will have some understanding of the basic structures of Modern Standard Arabic.

Arabic 103: Elementary Arabic III

This course introduces students to more advanced and more challenging linguistic and cultural material. It is designed for students who are familiar with daily life situations in Modern Standard Arabic and are preparing to move up to communicating on professional topics. It bridges the gap between novice and intermediate levels. Students are exposed to a combination of both simplified and authentic material in order to prepare them for the next level, which will only deal with authentic material taken from Arab media.

Arabic 201: Intermediate Arabic I

This course introduces students to more advanced and more challenging linguistic and cultural material. It is designed for students who are familiar with daily life situations in Modern Standard Arabic and are preparing to move up to communicating on professional topics. It bridges the gap between novice and intermediate levels. Students are exposed to a combination of both simplified and authentic material in order to prepare them for the next level, which will only deal with authentic material taken from Arab media.

Arabic 202: Inetermediate Arabic II

This course introduces students to more advanced and more challenging linguistic and cultural material. It is designed for students who are familiar with daily life situations in Modern Standard Arabic and are preparing to move up to communicating on professional topics. It bridges the gap between novice and intermediate levels. Students are exposed to a combination of both simplified and authentic material in order to prepare them for the next level, which will only deal with authentic material taken from Arab media.

Arabic 203: Intermediate Arabic III

Arabic 203 is designed for students at the intermediate high level. It exposes them to newspaper articles taken from different parts of the Arab World. Cultural aspects are carefully intertwined along with the language in the course. The material focuses on professional topics, including: humanitarian Issues, stereotypes, Arab café, weapons, third millennium.

Arabic 301: Media I

ARABIC 301 is an advanced course in Modern Standard Arabic. It is based on newspaper articles from diverse Arab magazines.  This course is designed to move learners from a stage where they have achieved the basic grammatical skills, to being able to use language in a wider cultural context. At this stage, learners will be widely exposed to the main issues related to the Arab world and Egyptian culture. This course adopts a skill-based approach in which learners gain mastery of the language through the use of authentic materials taken from various sources.

Arabic 302: Media II

This course provides additional practice at the advanced level to help students attain a higher level of skill development (e.g., listening, speaking, reading and writing) and linguistic accuracy.  Arabic 302 revolves around newspaper articles from diverse Arab magazines. The articles cover diverse topics. This level focuses on professional topics, the structure of complex sentences and link words. Learners are exposed to authentic texts and are taught how to deal with them.

Arabic 303: Media III

ARABIC 303 is an advanced course. It  provides additional practice at the advanced level to help students attain a higher level of skill development (e.g., listening, speaking, reading and writing) and linguistic accuracy.  It is based on newspaper articles from diverse Arab magazines. The articles cover diverse topics. The courses focus on professional topics, link words and the structure of complex sentences. Learners are exposed to authentic texts and are taught how to deal with them.

ea-pic-1All semester or longer study abroad students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Egyptian Arabic. Learning Egyptian Arabic is essential for a smooth transition to life in Cairo as many locals have difficulty understanding Modern Standard Arabic. Even those who are primarily interested in other forms of Arabic will find their experience in Cairo enriched by being able to communicate in colloquial. The level in which students are placed will be determined by their results on an oral exam. Outings with teachers during class time are sometimes used to give students more practice speaking the dialect in real situations. Where appropriate, the situations and materials used will come from the topics taught in the content courses.

Egyptian Arabic 101: This level is for learners who know the Arabic alphabet and know nothing or very little of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. It is also suitable for students who have a background in Modern Standard Arabic but did not study Colloquial Arabic before. Students are introduced to words, expressions, and structures used frequently in everyday life. Students practice them in class before they are given assignments to    carry out with native speakers in real situations.

Egyptian Arabic 102: This level is for learners who have studied a semester of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. It aims at developing students oral communication skills.  It presents daily life situations that a foreigner living in Egypt is likely to encounter such as taking a taxi, ordering food and socializing.  Cultural skills are developed through discussions of the situations and the dialogues. Living in Cairo will provide daily opportunity for practice.

ea-pic-2Egyptian Arabic 103: This level is for intermediate learners who are able to speak with a fair degree of fluency on topics related to daily life. It presents diverse topic including lunch Invitation with the Family, Marriage Habits, Traveling, Carelessness and Road Accidents, In the Street, Housing Problem, Health, Poverty and Wealth, Love Affairs and Education.  By the end of the course, you will be able to discuss social issues quite easily. You will also have a deep understanding of the social problems that contemporary Egyptians face in the different facets of life. Cultural skills are developed through discussions of the situations and the advice to give.

ea-pic-3Permission to enroll in some elective Arabic courses depends on a student’s score on the Arabic Language Placement Exam.

Media Arabic 101: This course is based on audio-visual and printed media different parts of the Arab world. The materials revolve around topics such as meetings, official visits, conferences, negotiations, international organizations, and political issues that relate to the Arab world and the international community. At the end of the course, students should be able to express their thoughts on the topics addressed in this course. They should be able to conduct professional discussions with a fair degree of ease. Students will be able to read and understand main ideas on a variety of topics; expand speech beyond daily life communication to discuss issues that are of interest to Arabs; comprehend simple to more complex written texts and simple audio/video texts on familiar topics; be able to express their views in simple terms about issues that are of interest to the educated people in the Arab world; and be familiar with most of the differences between formal and spoken Arabic.

Media Arabic 102: This course exposes students to the Arabic used in the media. It focuses on mastering basic vocabulary commonly used in Arab print and electronic media, developing the ability to read and understand Arabic newspapers without using a dictionary, developing the ability to listen to radio and television news broadcasts, writing short summaries of news articles and broadcasts, and discussing current economic, political and social issues covered in the Arabic media. All of the material used is authentic, with an emphasis on the Egyptian media and topics covered in the content courses.

Business Arabic: An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic as used in business. This will cover issues/tasks such as relaying information to others in the target language (in face-to-face situations or by telephone); the style and conventions of Arabic business letters, memos and short reports using common technical terms of accounting, banking, finance, trade and commerce; reading and understanding annual financial statements of business organizations in Arabic; making sales presentations and conducting negotiations in Arabic; translating simple correspondence; and the cultural customs of business in the Arab world.

Advanced Writing: This course helps to equip students to write at greater length using a variety of techniques, including description, comparison, contrast, argumentation, etc. The coures will refine students’ ability to write cohesive summaries about various engaging topics.

Modern Arabic Literature: Exposes students to a wide selection of modern fiction, including novels and short stories, increasing their range of vocabulary and acquainting them with Arabic literary styles. Students will write short essays and give in-class presentations on the readings assigned. The social aspects of the works will also be discussed. Students will also have the chance to view novels adapted to film in class.

Translation: This course employs translation into English as a means to enhance students’ knowledge of Arabic vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and complex structures. Students will closely read, analyze and translate a number of Arabic texts covering a wide range of topics. Translation from English into Arabic is used to train students to produce coherent and correct Arabic texts. Issues and tech niques related to the practice of translation are also dealt with.

Quranic Arabic 101: Through careful reading of verses of the Quran, students learn to understand the classical Arabic language, the phonetic rules of tajweed, and are able to understand the concepts covered in the verses studied. The verses covered in this course include the one always recited in the daily prayers and a number of others that are often recited.

Quranic Arabic 102: Through careful reading of verses of the Quran, students learn to understand the classical Arabic language, the phonetic rules of tajweed, and are able to understand the concepts covered in the verses studied. This course continues the study of the verses commonly recited in prayers.

Quranic Arabic 103: Through careful reading of verses of the Quran, students learn to understand the classical Arabic language, the phonetic rules of tajweed, and are able to understand the concepts covered in the verses studied. This course continues the study of the verses commonly recited in prayers.

Quranic Arabic 201: Through careful reading of verses of the Quran, students learn to understand the classical Arabic language, the phonetic rules of tajweed, and are able to understand the concepts covered in the verses studied. This course covers some verses from sura 29 of the Quran.

Quranic Arabic 202: Through careful reading of verses of the Quran, students learn to understand the classical Arabic language, the phonetic rules of tajweed, and are able to understand the concepts covered in the verses studied. This course begins the study of the whole of sura 4 of the Quran.

Arabic Hadith 101: This course covers the traditions related to the words and deeds of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The topics covered in this course include the basic concepts of Islam, peace, governance and treatment of others.

Arabic Hadith 102: This course covers the traditions related to the words and deeds of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The topics covered in this course include knowledge, women’s rights, work and religious rituals.

Biography of the Prophet 101: This course covers the stories about the life of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The topics covered in this course include the birth of Muhammad, his childhood, his return to his people, and his involvement in trade activities.

Biography of the Prophet 102: This course covers the stories about the life of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The topics covered in this course include Muhammad’s marriage to Khadija, the descent of Gabriel, Muhammad and Mecca’s reception of the word of God, and Muhammad’s emigration to Medina.

Children are natural learners of foreign languages and Arab Academy’s Arabic courses designed especially for young learners are offered on-site. These courses are popular with expats who want their children to speak the language of the country in which they are living. Egyptians living abroad also sometimes send their children to Arab Academy during family visits to Egypt so that they can learn the language of their heritage.

We have courses for teenagers and younger children.
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Teenagers

Middle/High School Arabic 0: This course introduces students to the Arabic alphabet, both its writing and pronunciation.

Middle/High School Arabic 1: This course introduces students to the grammar and vocabulary needed to describe and discuss personal, family, school, social and community life.

Middle/High School Arabic 2: This course introduces students to the grammar and vocabulary needed to describe and discuss leisure time, student and home life, as well as vacation and travel.

Middle/High School Arabic 3: This course introduces students to the grammar and vocabulary needed to describe and discuss personal and family life at a higher level, as well as teen culture, future plans and choices, current and historical events, as well as the environment.

Children

These courses are suitable for kindergarten age children through elementary school. They are to be taken sequentially unless otherwise specified.

Toutou: This course is designed for young children who do not know the Arabic script or sound system.  Letters are introduced in sequential order. Each lesson presents 3 or 4 new letters (or is a review of previous letters). Words are introduced that are composed ONLY of the letters that students have learned. Children are able to learn the letters, words, and basic sentence structures simultaneously.

Sameh: This course is designed for young children who have already learned the Arabic alphabet.  It helps students review the Arabic alphabet while enriching their vocabulary with additional vocabulary that is relevant to their lives (at this age).  Students get to see Loulou (the main character) at home, school, at the farm, in the garden, etc. Children learn to read and write words related to the world around them.

Let’s Play: This course is designed for young children who can read and write but need more reinforcement.  It presents scenes with children playing, drawing, writing, reading, walking, visiting the zoo, at a restaurant, and at home.  The course further develops students’ vocabulary, adding words related to situations they may encounter.

Numbers and Colors: Through a series of 8 stories, this course enables student to describe things in terms of quantities and colors.

Guess-Fruits and Vegetables: This is the first in a series of courses that are based on guesswork. This active involvement of students in the lesson greatly increases their retention. The texts in the main lessons describe different fruits or vegetables, and students have to guess what they are. Students learn the names and characteristics of the different types of fruits and vegetables, as well as how to ask questions about and describe them.

Stories-Fruits and Vegetables: This course can be completed in connection with, or after Guess-Fruits and Vegetables. Because students have learned how to describe a fruit or vegetable, they are ready to hear a story about them. The stories re-enforce vocabulary as well as introduce new words.

Guess-Animals: This is the second in a series of three courses that are based upon guesswork. This course centers on birds and animals. Children will be asked to guess the animal that each lesson is describes.  They learn to describe birds and animals in terms of: color, size, where they live, body parts, as well as whether it is tame or wild.

Stories-Animals: This course can be completed in connection with, or after, Guess-Animals. Because students have learned how to describe different animals, they are ready to hear a story about them. The stories re-enforce vocabulary as well as introduce new words.

Guess-Jobs: This is a third in a series of courses that are based on guesswork.  This time children learn about the different professions.  They learn what different people do, wear, the tools they use, and the place where they work.

Stories-Jobs: This course can be completed in connection with, or after, Guess-Jobs.  Because students have learned about different professions and how to describe them, they are ready to hear stories about them.  The stories re-enforce vocabulary as well as introduce new words.

Characteristics of Young People: This course teaches children how to control and express their different feelings. This course accomplishes this through funny stories and interactive exercises. This course presents 8 engaging stories covering the following emotions: fear, boredom, aggression, pretending to know when you don’t, anxiety, being too quiet, liking to do the opposite of what people tell you, and being active versus being lazy. The children learn many useful vocabulary words related to expressing feelings.

Manners: This course is designed to teach children about the cause and effect of different actions. It presents 10 different stories, 5 of which show how negative actions lead to unwanted situations, and 5 of which show how positive action brings about happiness.  It contains many entertaining characters, and the children get to see what happens to the characters based upon their actions.   The positive characteristics addressed in this course are: being helpful, clever, intelligent, loyal, and truthful (not lying). The negative characteristics addressed in this course are: being foolish, obstinate, liking to showing off, being greedy and lazy.
pic-t-2Adventures: This course is composed of 8 short stories. Children are not only learning Arabic, but are also learning important life lessons (appropriate to their age level). They learn to be cautious while talking to strangers, to treat animals with kindness, to care about friends when they are sick, to take medicine when it is prescribed for them, to avoid eating dirty food, to use their brains to get out of a problem rather than their muscles, and to respect all creatures, even weak ones, to name a few.

At Home-Guess: This course is designed to teach children about the different rooms and furniture within the home. Each lesson comprises activities where students are given a description of an article in the home, and they have to guess what it is. Students build vocabulary that is used in their daily lives.

Unpleasant Characteristics: This course is composed of 12 funny stories. The stories are about a duck and a rabbit. The duck always does the right things and the rabbit always does the wrong things. The contrast between the two is what makes the stories engaging and fun. Children learn through the stories to distinguish between “good” actions and behavior and “bad” ones. They learn that doing good things brings happiness and success to all.

Animals in the Forest: This course is composed of ten stories. The stories promote values, for example: one should not be greedy; the work of everybody is important; one should not show off; honesty and fairness are important, etc. The stories take place in the forest, and each story has a different animal as a hero.

Village of Peace: This is a short story that shows how people can live happily when they cooperate. It also indicates how difficult life can be when people live alone and don’t get help from neighbors or offer to help them.

Animals’ World: This course is based on ten short stories. Children view the world through the eyes of the animals and learn important concepts. For example: if you help people, people will help you; it is important to respect people and what they do; honesty makes people respect you; we should all do what we are responsible for; nobody will do your work but you; and we should not be greedy.

Safan and the Wise Sheikh: This is a single story about a poor lazy man who seeks the advice of a wise sheikh to see how to attain his dreams of being happy and rich. On his way to the wise sheikh he meets a fox, a fish and a tree. They all ask him to seek the advice of the wise man to solve their problems. In solving the problems of others, the lazy man is able to solve his own problems. This story illustrates the importance of hard work and highlights the drawbacks of being lazy.

Guess the Message: This course comprises 22 short stories. Children listen to and read stories; then they are asked to guess the moral of those stories. They should try to detect the piece of wisdom that we get out of each story.This course may be taken after completion of Animal’s World or Safan and the Wise Sheikh.

Serving Our Community: This is a series of eight long stories, where each story is divided into sections. The stories all aim at reinforcing the concept of community services. Every story rotates around diverse social topics where students get to see the value of giving something of oneself to society. The more we give, the better life will be for all of us.

This course track is divided into two sub-tracks:

Quranic Arabic courses are great for those who are interested in learning and understanding the language of the Quran.  First, we provide you with some essential background information on each surah that gives you the historical perspective and hence enable you to understand the surah fully.  Then we provide you with interactive learning pages on the verse.  You get to learn the verses and what each word within them mean.  You can click on any word to hear it play and to get its translation.  Special colors provide you with a key on tajweed rules that are then explained to you.  What is truly wonderful about those courses are the large number of interactive activities that ensure that you have learned, understood and retained the meanings of the surah.These courses does not contain grammar lessons.
Below is a list of our Quranic courses:

1. Quranic Arabic:
  • Quranic Arabic 101: Through careful reading of verses of the Quran, students learn to understand the classical Arabic language, the phonetic rules of tajweed, and are able to understand the concepts covered in the verses studied. The verses covered in this course include the one always recited in the daily prayers and a number of others that are often recited.
  • Quranic Arabic 102: Through careful reading of verses of the Quran, students learn to understand the classical Arabic language, the phonetic rules of tajweed, and are able to understand the concepts covered in the verses studied. This course continues the study of the verses commonly recited in prayers.
  • Quranic Arabic 102: Through careful reading of verses of the Quran, students learn to understand the classical Arabic language, the phonetic rules of tajweed, and are able to understand the concepts covered in the verses studied. This course continues the study of the verses commonly recited in prayers.
  • Quranic Arabic 103: Through careful reading of verses of the Quran, students learn to understand the classical Arabic language, the phonetic rules of tajweed, and are able to understand the concepts covered in the verses studied. This course continues the study of the verses commonly recited in prayers.
  • Quranic Arabic 201: Through careful reading of verses of the Quran, students learn to understand the classical Arabic language, the phonetic rules of tajweed, and are able to understand the concepts covered in the verses studied. This course covers some verses from sura 29 of the Quran.
  • Quranic Arabic 202: Through careful reading of verses of the Quran, students learn to understand the classical Arabic language, the phonetic rules of tajweed, and are able to understand the concepts covered in the verses studied. This course begins the study of the whole of sura 4 of the Quran.
2. Stories of the prophet:

These courses are based on the verses from the Quran that relate to 15 prophets.  We start with the first prophet then progress in chronological order.
Below is a list of our Stories of the prophet courses:

  • Biography of the Prophet 101: This course covers the stories about the life of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The topics covered in this course include the birth of Muhammad, his childhood, his return to his people, and his involvement in trade activities.
  • Biography of the Prophet 102: This course covers the stories about the life of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The topics covered in this course include Muhammad’s marriage to Khadija, the descent of Gabriel, Muhammad and Mecca’s reception of the word of God, and Muhammad’s emigration to Medina.
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