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Modern Standard Arabic Program

The Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) program is tailored to meet the abilities and needs of all
students interested in learning or improving Standard Arabic. It provides them with the
necessary knowledge and training needed to foster fast learning and acquire full and clear
understanding of the Arabic language system. For this, students are introduced to graded
texts from very simple to long authentic ones with gradually increasing vocabulary and
meaningfully building up blocks of grammatical structures. The program also focuses on
sharpening the students’ oral production and listening skills.
The MSA program consists of three levels of studies; each level is divided into three
successive and progressive sublevels.
***Aware of the supreme importance of having students understand and adjust to different voice pitches and
writings, we have made it our policy to assign a different teacher to a class at each level or more. This method
allows our student to experience our rich and diverse variety of teachers having different specialties within the
Arabic language.
Starter (20 hours)- 100 level-
This is an introductory level course. The foremost objective of the class is to enable students
gain basic skills in writing and pronouncing the Arabic alphabet. In line with that, they
gradually learn to read words and short sentences. Eventually, they learn the basic phrases
and expressions to introduce themselves and know people, employing expressions of
greetings and goodbye in addition to learning numbers, days, and the commonly used colors.
Those aims are achieved through implementing a thorough plan that relies on teaching the
Arabic alphabet on a gradual basis. That is, a student learns the letter and the word that
contains it along with the vowels that go with it, ensuring that these words don’t contain any
new letters that learners haven’t been exposed to. At this stage of the course, the book
Introduction to the Arabic language along with visual aids and pictures are used.

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Elementary Courses
a) ELEM 1 (60 hours)-100 level-
This is in fact the first level. After having been introduced to pronouncing and writing the
Arabic letters, students gain conversational skills in the following areas:

 Exchanging greetings, introducing oneself
 Getting information about other people and their addresses
 Possession
 Dealing with family members and friends
 Jobs
 Physical description
 Shopping and eating at restaurants
 Talking about food and taste, special occasions and feasts
 Offering and accepting invitations or refusing them
 Talking about the near future.

These functions are presented to students in short conversations and dialogues. Students are
also introduced to some basic grammatical structures; such as tenses (present, future and
imperatives) and adverbs of time and place.
b) ELEM 2 (60 hours)
This course focuses on reading comprehension and introducing more complex grammatical
structures that allow students to further expand their vocabulary and develop the following
skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking in the following subjects:

 Vacations, leisure time and daily activities
 Sickness and healing
 Weather forecast and the four seasons.
 Expressing the past and the future
 Talking about the present and daily activities
 Giving one’s opinion and advice
 Asking for help and instructions
 Expressing gratitude
 Describing a place (an apartment and city)
 Giving directions.
c) ELEM 3 (60 hours)
In this level, learners are given descriptive and functional texts to further expand and build
their vocabulary in Arabic. These texts deal with topics related to nature, feelings, and
entertainment. More complex grammatical structures are presented.

 Describing the city and the countryside
 Visiting family and friends
 Expressing personal feelings towards the others

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 Expressing one’s relation to the others, places and things
 Confirming situations and actions.

Intermediate Courses
a) INTER 1 (60 hours)-200 level-
This course exposes students to new topics related to their daily needs presented to them
through texts and short conversations. Such needs are related to shopping (grocery shops
and markets) and going to the post office, the bank, the train station and buses and other
public places.
By the end of the level, students will have achieved the following aims / skills:

 to improve their knowledge in the environment where they live and to
enhance and facilitate their communication with other people.
 to improve the functional aspect of the Arabic language, as they move from
one stage to a higher one.
 to fill out the various forms related to administrative facilities and write job
requests and letters to different services.
 to set appointments in different times and places and to talk to employees
and agents.
b) INTER 2 (60 hours)
This course introduces students to texts that cover a wide range of topics and vocabulary
related to media and literature. Such topics are violence and sports; media role in society,
hobbies and leisure time.
By the end of this course, students will be able to achieve the following objectives:

 to fluently and clearly express one’s ideas and thoughts
 to show one’s perspectives towards some social issues
 to use statements of imperatives and negation, confirmation and doubt etc.
 to write simple newspaper articles after examining some newspapers and
listening to TV. and radio programs.

b) INTER 3 (60 hours)-300 level-
Students are introduced to authentic texts dealing with literary and intellectual themes. They
are exposed to texts related to Moroccan culture, including traditions, myths, and wedding
customs and daily life. Afterwards, students are introduced to authentic texts dealing with
poetry, theater, and movies in standard Arabic.
By the end of this course, students will be able to achieve the following objectives:

 to talk and discuss the cultural particularities of Arabic societies (Morocco as
an example) in comparison to their own cultures.

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 to enhance their writing skills through writing about topics related to culture
and anthropology.
 to improve their speaking skills through learning and comprehending the
different ways and methods of talking about a particular topic accurately and
fluently.
Advanced Courses (180 hours)
These courses focus on sharpening the students’ listening, speaking and writing skills in
relation to themes of their interest. Students may choose to study:

 The Islamic Arab city: its particularities, components and its history.
Examples include Granada, Damascus, Fez, Cairo, Tetouan, Cordoba, etc.
 Important intellectual scholars from the Islamic civilization: Ibn khaldoun,
Ibn Rushd, Al-Ghazalai, Ibn Arabi, etc.
 Contemporary world problems: pollution, drugs, illegal immigration,
globalization, desertification, etc.
 Authentic texts exempted from literary books: autobiography, novel, popular
tales, poem, and short story.
 Issues of contemporary Arab thought: development, democracy, identity, etc.
 Texts related to Orientalism and Occidentalism.

Specialized Programs

Our specialized programs include:
What is Islam?
The history of Al-Andalus
Arabo-Andalusian philosophy
The role of women in Islam
Islamic Spirituality and Mysticism
Andalusian cuisine
Customs and traditions of the Arab world
Meditation and relaxation techniques of Al Andalus
Andalusian music
Andalusian dances
Arabic Calligraphy