Modern Arabic Language Level II (Spring 2014)

Mar 06, 2014-May 22, 2014

Thursdays, 6:30 pm

Teachers: Kirsten Beck


Thursdays: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Session: March 6 - May 22
(12-Week Session)
Tuition*: $495

Private Lessons
Private Arabic Lessons Fees: $65/hour


Learning Arabic Through Cultural Immersion

The Arabic Language Studies Program at Alwan teaches Standard and Colloquial Arabic while exposing students to the linguistic and cultural dimensions of the language. From pop culture, food, and film to classical poetry, music, and short stories, these courses draw from the rich reservoir of Arabic language cultural products to reinforce Arabic grammar and vocabulary. By engaging with relevant cultural materials, students will encounter Arabic as a living language, mastering issues of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation within social contexts.


Classes are limited to a maximum of 6 students. At each level, a “text” (e.g., a poem, play, film, song) will be studied alongside the textbook or other materials supplied by the instructor to provide depth of culture engagement. Level I focuses on developing mastery of the Arabic alphabet and a vocabulary bank for practical communication skills. In Level II, students will be introduced to specific grammar concepts alongside an expanding bank of vocabulary to accommodate increasingly complex communication.

In Modern Arabic Language Level II, students will master a vocabulary of over 200 words, and become comfortable with a variety of grammatical issues and constructions (e.g., gender, plurals, possessive constructions, past and present tense, definiteness), in addition to practicing conversation skills. Over the course of the twelve weeks, the class will watch an Arabic-language film in installments and discuss the language, themes, and cultural aspects of the film. Students will be invited to attend all Alwan events free of cost during their period of study.

Materials: All materials will be supplied by the instructor.

Cultural Text:
Ramy Imam’s film Hassan and Marcus.

Time Commitment:
The class meets 2 hours/week for 12 weeks. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 2 hours/week in preparation for class.

Level II is intended for students who have mastered the Arabic alphabet and are comfortable with some basic conversation. Placement by the instructor will be required.


About the Instructor: Alwan for the Arts Language & Culture Studies Program Coordinator and Arabic language instructor, Kirsten Beck has been teaching standard and colloquial Arabic for the past six years including introductory and intermediate undergraduate classes at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her BA in Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies and Mathematics at Barnard College in 2006 and her MA in Religious Studies at Columbia University. Currently residing in New York, she is pursuing her PhD in Middle Eastern literatures & cultures at the University of Texas. Her dissertation deals with the destabilization of knowledge in Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani's renowned tenth-century anthology, "Kitab al-Aghani" ("The Book of Songs"). Kirsten has also studied at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco and as a CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.


* Discounts:
- 5% Discount
with early enrollment/payment (Deadline Feb 27)
- 5% Discount
for students who sign up to volunteer at Alwan
(Discounts do not apply to private lessons)

Payment: Students can pay through PayPal (see Registration Form), Personal Check or Money Order made out to Alwan Foundation, Inc.

Registration: Open until the first day of classes (no installment plans available), full payment due by first day of classes, with discounts for early enrollment/payment (Feb 27).


If students drop the class after the first session, they will be reimbursed 75% of the fees. No reimbursements will be made after attending the second class.
Late Registration
Late registration decisions are made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Class Coordinator. Students allowed to join the class after the first meeting will be charged the full tuition.

To register and pay for classes or private lessons for the spring semester, use this REGISTRATION FORM or contact:

Kirsten Beck
Program Coordinator, Arabic Language Instructor

Alwan for the Arts - 16 Beaver St, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10004 | Tel: 917-396-8052



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