Arabic Classes for Children

Saturday, August 14
12 pm - 3 pm

  • Meet Alif Institute’s instructors and staff!
  • Learn about all of our cultural classes and fall event calendar!
  • DJ and fun activities for the kids!
  • Find the perfect class and level for your language learning goals!

FALL 2021 SEMESTER

August 28 – December 18

We are excited to welcome our students and their families back to Alif Institute for in person classes in addition to our virtual courses. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, we will follow CDC and Dekalb County guidelines regarding COVID-19. Currently, this means that all staff and students will be required to wear a mask when inside the building. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate any changes accordingly. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us or call us at 770-936-8770.

Thanks for helping us keep Alif safe as we KEEP ARAB CULTURES ALIVE!

Children's Arabic Courses

In Person Children's Arabic Classes

  • Saturday classes (ages 4 – 14):
    – 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
    – August 28 – December 18 
    – No class on September 4 (Labor Day holiday) and November 27 (Thanksgiving holiday).
    – The entire fall semester for Saturday classes is 15 sessions and 37.5 hours of instruction.

  • NEW! Thursday classes (Beginner-Intermediate, ages 11 – 15):
    – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    – August 26 – December 16
    No class on November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
    The entire fall semester for Thursday classes is 16 sessions and 24 hours of instruction.
    – Instructors: Reham Beshr and Jihan Hasan.

Saturday Regular Price: $525
Early Bird Saturday Discount Price: $500*
*Discount ends August 14.

Thursday Regular Price: $350
Early Bird Thursday Discount Price: $330*
*Discount ends August 14.

Registration fees include a semester-long subscription to the virtual reading program Nahla wa Nahil. Books and some materials are not included.

Please see the course descriptions below for more information on course names and content.

  • Toddlers – Bana Marashi
  • Intro I – Carla Bitar
  • Intro II – Abeer Shanti
  • 101 – Wafa’a Abu Assaf
  • 102 – Nesrin Ibrahim
  • 103 – Reham Beshr
  • 104 – Jihan Hasan
  • NEW! Thursday Beginner – Intermediate Youth (Ages 11 – 15 on Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm) – Reham Beshr and Jihan Hasan

Virtual Children's Arabic Classes

  • Classes meet virtually via Zoom from August 29 – December 19.  No class on September 5 (Labor Day holiday) and November 28 (Thanksgiving holiday).
  • Beginners, ages 4 – 8 will meet:
    Sundays from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. The entire fall semester is 15 sessions and 15 hours of instruction.
  • Beginner High to Intermediate Low (up to age 14) will meet:
    Sundays from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The entire fall semester is 15 sessions and 30 hours of instruction.

Beginner
Regular Price: $275
Early Bird Discount Price: $250*
*Discount ends August 14

Beginner High – Intermediate Low
Regular Price: $475
Early Bird Discount Price: $450*
*Discount ends August 14

Registration fees include a semester-long subscription to the virtual reading program Nahla wa Nahil. Books and some materials are not included.

  • Wafaa Abu Assaf
  • Zainab Hashem
  • Nelly Shalaby

Arabic Reading Club

Included in our weekly classes, we are proud to offer an online reading program, Nahla wa Nahil. Students will be assigned a personal account with access to over 800 classic and new books in Arabic from the Arab world and beyond. Instructors will guide students to suggest books relevant to their ages, reading levels, and interests and meet online for 20 minutes per week to discuss.  

The Arabic Reading Club is also available separately from our regular Arabic classes. Students will have the same account and access to books, but will meet with Alif Instructors twice per month to discuss what they have read.

If you would like to register ONLY for the Reading Club, please click below:

 

Listen to what parents are sharing about our new Arabic Reading Club:

Arabic classes, for toddlers and children, incorporate both classical and spoken language. Alif’s highly trained instructors create a unique learning experience with a culturally nurturing environment and the use of modern technology in the classroom.

At the end of each semester, the students present a special program called Haflatuna, (حفلتنا) to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments. These programs feature sketches, songs, dances, or poems performed in Arabic.

ALIF MEMBERSHIPS

We warmly invite all families to support Alif Institute by becoming members. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Alif relies upon donations and memberships to deliver our mission to foster the education and appreciation of Arab cultures. All memberships and donations are fully tax-deductible. Members enjoy special perks and discounts throughout the year. For more information, please visit our Membership page or ask us!

TEXTBOOKS

Students will need to purchase textbooks and educational materials. Please contact our Arabic Language Program Coordinator, Kinda Hanano, for more information about instruction materials. 

Toddler: Introductory Arabic (3 - 4 years)

This class exposes your child to the Arabic language and culture through fun activities, songs, games, stories, and small crafts. No textbook is used in this class.

Intro I: Introductory Arabic (5 - 6 years)

Over two semesters, this class introduces the Arabic Alphabet and enables the student to identify and copy the Arabic letters in their independent forms.

Intro II: Introductory Arabic (7 - 8 years)

Over two semesters, it introduces the various shapes of the Arabic letters and enables the student to identify, sound and copy these letters in their initial, medial, and final positions.

Arabic 101: Elementary Arabic Level 1 (8 – 10 years old)

By the end of this level (two semesters) students will be able to recognize the Arabic letters, pronounce correctly all Arabic sounds, and be able to read simple words and short phrases.

Arabic 102: Elementary Arabic Level 2 (10 – 12 years old)

By the end of the level (two semesters), students will have mastered the Arabic Alphabet and are able to recognize and pronounce correctly all Arabic letters.

Arabic 103: Elementary Arabic Level 3 (12 -14 years)

By the end of the level (two semesters) they will be able to write sentences using familiar vocabulary with emphasis on Arabic sentence structure and basic grammar.

Arabic 104: Intermediate Arabic Level 1 (13+ years)

By the end of the level (two semesters), They will be able to read and write simple phrases and sentences about familiar topics and experiences by using the present, past and future tenses.

Summer Intensive Arabic (7 - 13 years)

By the end of the course ( two weeks) using interactive methods students age between (7- 9 years) will be able to recognize the first half of the Arabic letters in different shapes, pronounce correctly those letters with short and long vowels, and be able to read simple words and short phrases.In addition, students will practice conversation of basic daily scenarios. Students age between (10 – 13 years)  will be able to write phrases or short sentences using familiar vocabulary with emphasis on Arabic sentence structure and basic grammar.In addition, practice conversation of basic daily scenarios using authentic materials.

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