Arabic Classes for Adults

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FALL OPEN HOUSE 2018
Saturday, August 11th  |  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Semester Dates:

Fall 2018 Semester:
August 14- December 4
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

August 18 – December 8
Saturdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Winter 2019 Semester:
January  15- April 23
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

January 12 – May 4
Saturdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Summer 2018 Semester:
May 15 – July 26
Tuesdays & Thursdays
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

May 15 – July 12
Tuesdays & Thursdays
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm or
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

May 19 – July 14
Saturdays from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Summer Intensive
June 18 – June 29
Monday – Friday
10 am – 3 pm

CLASS TUITION

$385 / class
$25 off if purchased by January 6th

ALIF MEMBERSHIP

Many options for adults 18+
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TEXTBOOKS

Students will have to purchase textbooks and educational materials.

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.

  • 15 sessions / 30 hours
  • Number of Textbooks: 1
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TextbooksSyrian Colloquial Arabic, a Functional Course by Mary-Jane Liddicoat, Richard Lennane and Iman Abdul Rahim

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 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 picks up in Chapter Three of Syrian Colloquial Arabic.

  • 15 sessions / 30 hours
  • Number of Textbooks: 1
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Textbooks: Syrian Colloquial Arabic, a Functional Course by Mary-Jane Liddicoat, Richard Lennane and Iman Abdul Rahim

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.

Levantine Beginning Arabic - Level 2 (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan)

Offered to students who complete Levantine Beginning Arabic –Level 1 or its equivalent. This course picks up in Chapter Five of Syrian Colloquial Arabic a functional course.

  • 15 sessions / 30 hours
  • Number of Textbooks: 1
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TextbooksSyrian Colloquial Arabic, a Functional Course by Mary-Jane Liddicoat, Richard Lennane and Iman Abdul Rahim

This course focuses on intermediate level practical conversation. Students will be able to shop for food & clothes, compare things using comparatives, describe people and talk about past events and past occupations. Also talk about when you arrived and describe what you have bought and seen. Finally give reasons and excuses. Students will greatly expand their vocabulary in common verbs, time expressions, Food, clothes, adjectives, agreement expressions, facial features and house rooms.

Grammar lessons will introduce active and passive participles, Definite article for abstract concepts, negative questions, past tense verb conjugation and past tense of nominal sentences. All of this will enable the student to expand their skills in formulating questions and statements.

Levantine Beginning Arabic – Level 2 requires some prior experience with Arabic, but not necessarily in Alif Institute’s Levantine Beginning Arabic –Level 1. 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”.

  • 15 sessions / 30 hours
  • Number of Textbooks: 1
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Textbooks:

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

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.

Arabic 301 - Beginners - Level 1

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

  • 15 sessions / 30 hours
  • Number of Textbooks: 2
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Textbooks:

“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

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.

Arabic 302 – Beginners - Level 2

Offered to students who complete Arabic 301 or its equivalent. Course reviews the first two units and introduces units 3-5 in “Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, Part I.” 

  • 15 sessions / 30 hours
  • Number of Textbooks: 1
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Textbooks:

“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

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.

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.”

  • 15 sessions / 30 hours
  • Number of Textbooks: 1
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Textbooks: 0

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

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.

  • 2 Week Program
  • Number of Textbooks: 1
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Textbooks: 0

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!

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  • 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta, GA 30340
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Operating Hours
  • Tuesday* 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM*
  • Tuesday - Friday 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    *When Arabic Classes in session