Alif Institute - Atlanta Georgia

Arabic Classes for Adults

Alif Institute offers Arabic classes for beginning and intermediate levels of proficiency. Beyond the Beginning and low intermediate levels, private lessons  are offered according to student's needs.

The Arabic language program offered at Alif Institute is unique; it focuses not only on the skills of language learning (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) but it also bases the learning environment upon a strong foundation of culture. 

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Class Descriptions  

Winter 2018: Dates and Tuition

Open House: Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 2 pm to 4 pm

Tuesdays, January 16 - April 24, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(15 sessions / 30 hours)

  • Arabic 300 - Introductory Arabic
  • Arabic 301 - Beginning Arabic Level 1
  • Arabic 302 - Beginning Arabic Level 2
  • Arabic 303 - Intermediate Arabic Level 1
  • NEW! Levantine Arabic* - Introductory Arabic
  • NEW! Levantine Beginning Arabic - Level 1

Saturdays, January 13 - May 5, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
(15 sessions / 30 hours)  No classes Saturdays, September 2 and November 25.

  • NEW! Levantine Arabic - Introductory Arabic
  • NEW! Levantine Beginning Arabic - Level 1
  • NEW! Levantine Beginning Arabic - Level 2

* Levantine Arabic is the dialect spoken in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine


Courses for Adults, Winter Semester: $385  [$25 off if paid by January 6, 2018]

Alif Membership is required for all students. There are several options for membership:

  • Sustaining: Monthly donation of any amount of $10 or more
  • Family: $75 per year 
  • Individual: $45 per year
  • Student (for students 18+): $25 per year 

Textbooks: students will have to purchase textbooks and educational materials.

Class Descriptions 

If you would like to meet our teachers and staff please visit our website page under About Us/Instructors.

Kindly see below for the Arabic classes offered to children and youth.

Levantine Introductory Arabic (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan)

Alif Institute’s new course aims to teach one of the most popular dialects in the Arab world: Levantine Arabic, the spoken language of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine.

The Levantine Arabic Course is designed to suit the needs of students with no knowledge of Arabic as well as those with prior experience in MSA or other dialects. Therefore, it uses a textbook written in English, Arabic transliterated in Latin letters, as well as Arabic in the Arabic script. We emphasize: The student does not need to know the Arabic alphabet, nor will they be required to do so. However, for those students familiar with Arabic script, they may use it for reading and writing assignments where applicable.

The course’s textbook— Syrian Colloquial Arabic, a Functional Course— is generally based on the dialect of Damascus, Syria. Subject matter includes: greetings, navigating transportation, asking for direction, telephone numbers, time, and other scenarios common to our daily lives. The course will likewise familiarize you with aspects of Arab culture.

By the end of this course, students will have a solid foundation in basic Levantine Arabic so that they will have the essentials to communicate in a practical, everyday language.

All are welcome— Ahla w sahla!  

Levantine Beginning Arabic - Level 1 (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan)

Due to popular demand, Alif Institute is happy to present the next level of  Levantine Arabic. This course, Levantine Beginning Arabic - Level 1, picks up in Chapter Three of Syrian Colloquial Arabic, with subject matter focusing primarily on navigating a city to rent a room, ordering at a restaurant and—perhaps most crucially— negotiating prices with shop owners!

As with the first level, Levantine Introductory Arabic, this course focuses on practical, everyday subject matter. Students will greatly expand their vocabulary in numbers, greetings, expressing their feelings and regret, asking for things politely, talking about their families and relatives, learning some furniture pieces and equipment, shopping for food and clothes, describing people, comparing things, and more....

Grammar lessons will introduce the plural personal and possessive pronouns, ordinal numbers, more question words, dual and plural nouns, active and passive participles. All of this will enable the student to more creatively formulate questions and statements.

Levantine Beginning Arabic - Level 1 requires some prior experience with Arabic, but not necessarily in Alif Institute’s Levantine Arabic Introductory Course. A student with some background in Modern Standard Arabic or other Arabic dialects might be suitable to join this course; Alif Institute will happily meet with the student to assess his/her level of proficiency.

Arabic 300 - Introductory Arabic

This class is offered to students with no prior exposure to Arabic. It is a pre-requisite for all other classes. The course covers lessons 1 – 7 in “Alif Baa”. Throughout the whole session, students are introduced to various aspects of Arab culture.

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the Arabic alphabet, sound and write most of the Arabic letters.
  • Use greetings, ask to take leave, use courteous expressions.
  • Introduce themselves and others and ask simple questions.
  • Give one-word description and express agreement and disagreement. 

Texbook: “Alif Baa: 3rd Edition, Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds” by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal and Abbas Al-Tonsi. - ISBN 9781589016323

Arabic  301 - Beginners - Level 1

This class is offered to students who complete Arabic 300-Introductory Arabic or its equivalent. The course covers lessons 8 – 10 in “Alif Baa”, and the first two units 1 & 2 in “Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, Part I.”

By the end of this course the student will have mastered the Arabic Alphabet and sound system, be able to recognize and pronounce correctly all Arabic sounds. Students will be able to read and write accurately short sentences using familiar vocabulary. Students will be able to ask for basic information and be aware of basic cultural aspects of social interactions in the Arab World. They will be able to speak about themselves, their friends and family, express their feelings and be able to comprehend simple print and audio/video texts on familiar topics. Students will be able to speak in the present tense, learn about the gender of words, the definite article, adjectives formed from nouns, how to use various types of questions, subject pronouns, plural and noun-sentences. Both formal and spoken Arabic are used in this class.


  • “Alif Baa: 3rd Edition, Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds” by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal and Abbas Al-Tonsi. - ISBN 9781589016323
  • “Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, 3rd Edition: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part 1” by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal and Abbas Al-Tonsi. - ISBN 9781589017368

Arabic 302 – Beginners - Level 2

This class is offered to students who complete Arabic 301 or its equivalent. The course covers a review of the first two units and introduces Units 3-5 in “Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, Part I.” Upon the completion of this course, students will have reached High-Novice proficiency level according to academic standards.

By the end of this course, students will be able to talk about their extended families, some professions, Arabic universities and its various departments, Arabic food, the weather. Their vocabulary, listening, and conversational skills are enhanced as well. 
Also, students will be able to compose short simple paragraphs about themselves, their family and friends using the present tense, IDafa construction, possessive and object pronouns, feminine and broken plurals, verb and nominal sentences, adverbs and noun-adjective phrases. 
The past-tense verb " كان " , and verb stems and their patterns will be introduced as well. Both formal and spoken Arabic will be used in class.

Textbook: Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, 3rd Edition: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part 1” by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal and Abbas Al-Tonsi. - ISBN 9781589017368

Arabic 303 – Intermediate

This class is offered to students who complete Arabic 302 or its equivalent. The course covers Units 6-8 in “Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya , Part I.”  Upon the completion of this course, students will have reached Low-Intermediate proficiency level according to academic standards.

In this class, students will be able to sustain brief oral exchanges by requesting or providing information on familiar topics.  They will learn to talk about their lives, families and homes, recite days of the week, talk about different hobbies, high schools in the Arab World,

Also, students will begin to work with complex sentences. There will be more emphasis on sentence constructions, reading and composing short paragraphs.  Students will learn to use past and future tenses, the superlative and dual forms, Arabic " مصدر" and verb patterns, the root and pattern, and how to use Arabic dictionary,

Private lessons are offered beyond these levels.

Summer Intensive - Introductory Arabic

Intensive Introduction to Arabic provides students with a comprehensive base for further studies in Arabic language and culture. It is best to view this as an Arabic “primer” with the aim of giving the students an advantage when continuing to study Arabic. Several months will be covered in just 2 weeks. This will be aided by a fully immersive environment wherein the teacher and students will communicate exclusively in Arabic.

Students will develop five skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. By the end of the course, they will be able to:

  • Read, write, and pronounce most of the Arabic alphabet.
  • Use basic greetings and courteous expressions.
  • Introduce themselves and others as well as ask simple questions.
  • Speak about themselves.
  • Give simple descriptions.
  • Be familiar with some of the differences between formal and spoken Arabic.
  • Be familiar with some aspects of the Arab culture such as social customs and traditions.

An essential element to make the summer course successful is the commitment of the student to keep the environment as free of English language as possible, i.e. to speak only in Arabic. The instructor will likewise adhere to this rule (within reason), thus enabling the student to become accustomed to the sounds, intonation, and rhythm of the language. This will also help ensure that the student’s vocabulary grows at a much faster rate.

This is a rigorous course that requires much of the student’s time and energy. Although this might occasionally be frustrating, the end reward is beyond any momentary displeasure. With patience, hard work, and a positive attitude, the student will come out of this intensive program with an immense advantage going into further Arabic studies. Ahlan wa sahlan— Welcome one and all!

DarDasheh - Arabic Conversation Class

Teaching Objectives  The purpose of this class is to get students to practice carrying out conversations about topics relating to everyday life in Arabic. The conversations are aimed to help them gain a better grasp of spoken Arabic and have a better understanding of the world around them in an Arabic speaking context.

Who should sign up?  Prospective students must be able to have a basic understanding colloquial Levantine Arabic dialect (70% to 80% of native level conversational Arabic) and be very familiar with the Arabic alphabet. They must also be able to have basic functional skills in speaking the language. The course provides training in listening and speaking but not in reading and writing although the latter language areas can be utilized to achieve to complete exercises but are not required.

Class structure  Students will typically be assigned to read a paragraph or short article (in English), watch a clip, or listen to an audio piece in the first five to ten minutes of the class. The instructor will provide students with translated corresponding nouns, verbs, and general terms and briefly explain how to use them to encourage their use in the conversation regarding the chosen topic. The instructor will then have them discuss ideas related to the material in teams of two or three, facilitate a whole group discussion or ask students to speak individually in front of the classroom. The teaching objective is to assist students to use the Arabic language in meaningful conversations through dialogue, whole group conversation, and public speaking where they utilize their critical thinking skills as well as practice explanation (historical, logical, descriptive), persuasion, comparison, and self-reflection in the Arabic language.

Group discussion:  The instructor will provide students with translated corresponding nouns, verbs and general terms to use in a conversation regarding the chosen topic and prepare guiding questions to lead the conversation. He will choose universal or cultural topics such as food, traveling, sports, music, identity, and relationships.

Pair work:  The instructor may ask students to work in pairs to encourage dialogue which may also include role-playing before holding a whole group discussion. He will provide scenarios from everyday situations such as buying a specific item in the market or giving someone directions.

Small group conversations:  Students will be split up into small groups and given a specific topic or scenario that requires brainstorming or a problem they must solve together. One task could be to make a list of items they would need to travel in the Middle East. Once they have made a list, they will need to explain to the group what their scenario was and how to use the items throughout their trip.

At the end of this course will be able to:

  • Converse with more confidence and eloquence in spoken colloquial Arabic.
  • Have the ability to engage in informal whole group discussions, one on one dialogue, and public speaking more fluently in several every day and culturally relevant topics.




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