About Spoken Arabic (Dialect) courses at Alif Institute:

Alif offers an immersive approach, placing heavy emphasis on conversational proficiency in the dialect, which is used in everyday conversation. Students will develop conversational proficiency through repeated exposure to high frequency words – all in the form of storytelling, comprehensible conversations, and games. Students will have the opportunity to use their language skills outside of class hours at Alif Institute’s cultural events.

Winter/Spring courses will be a total of 15 sessions (30 class hours).

NEW! IN-PERSON Adult Cultural Round Table

  • No prerequisites. All levels may participate!
  • 7 sessions (Pick as many sessions as you like!): 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21
  • Day/Time: Saturdays, from 12:30 pm -2:30 pm
  • Location: In-person at Alif Institute
  • Instructor: Sahar Hashem

VIRTUAL Adult 200 (Beginner, Egyptian Dialect)

  • Dates: January 31 – May 9
  • Day/Time: Monday, from 7-9 pm
  • Location: Virtual
  • Instructor: Nelly Shalaby

VIRTUAL Adult 201 (Beginner High, Egyptian Dialect)

  • Dates: February 1 – May 10
  • Day/Time: Tuesday, from 7-9 pm
  • Location: Virtual
  • Instructor: Nelly Shalaby

VIRTUAL Adult 200 (Beginner, Moroccan Dialect/Darija)

  • Dates: February 1 – May 10
  • Days/Times: Tuesday, from 7-9 pm
  • Location: Virtual
  • Instructor: Abderrahim Er-Ragragi
  • Text: Please consult with your instructor for more details.


  • Regular Price: $385 (15 classes/30 hours of instruction)
  • Early Bird Discount: $370*
    *Discount ends Friday, Saturday, January 15.


  • IN-PERSON (with virtual option)
  • Pick as many sessions as you like!
  • Single class = $25
  • 3 or more classes purchased together = $20 each
  • All classes with Abderrahim Er-Ragragi and Nelly Shalaby will be conducted in our Virtual Classroom via Zoom with asynchronous listening and speaking practice via Google Classroom.
  • There will be opportunities for local students to meet at Alif Institute for cultural events outside of class hours.
  • These courses use the TPRS methodology. TPRS: Listening-focused immersion with simple, understandable messages and stories in Arabic. (Read more…)

No textbook required.

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