Arabic Classes for Adults

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

SEMESTER DATES 2018

Winter Semester:
January 16 – April 24
Tuesdays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

January 13 – May 5
Saturdays from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Summer 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

Arabic 300, 301, 302
Levantine Arabic
Levantine Beginning Arabic

Levantine Arabic
Levantine Beginning Arabic

 

Arabic 300, 301, 302

Levantine Introductory Arabic
Levantine Beginning I & II
Levantine Intermediate

Levantine Introductory Arabic
Levantine Beginning I & II
Levantine Intermediate

 

Introductory Arabic

CLASS TUITION

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

ALIF MEMBERSHIP

Many options for adults 18+
See all membership options here

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: 0
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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
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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”.

  • 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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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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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

Students will practice carrying out conversations about topics relating to everyday life in Arabic. Conversations are aimed to help them gain a better grasp of spoken Arabic.

  • 15 sessions / 30 hours
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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 class room. 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-play 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 in 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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Operating Hours
  • Tuesday*10:30 AM - 9:00 PM*

  • Tuesday - Friday10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

  • Saturday10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    *When Arabic Classes in session