Written & Spoken Levantine Arabic: Level I: 2 SPACES LEFT

Oct 24, 2014-Dec 19, 2014

Fridays, 6:30 pm

Teachers: Maryah Converse

Fridays: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Session: October 24th – December 19th (8-Week Session)
Tuition: $395

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 a depth of cultural engagement. Level I focuses on developing mastery of the Arabic alphabet and a vocabulary bank for practical communication skills. 

This 8-week course will be dedicated to learning the basics of writing and reading Levantine Arabic. The program will focus on the Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) alphabet and pronunciations, in addition to achieving basic conversation skills in Colloquial Arabic using texts that include Alif Baa, Mahmoud Darwish’s “To My Mother” and the “Mu’allaqa’ of Imru al-Qays. Throughout the 6 weeks, students will develop confidence and speed with all aspects of the alphabet and cultivate basic conversational skills in colloquial Arabic. Students will engage with the cultural dimensions of different greeting styles, discuss dialectical varieties, and learn about the living tradition of Arabic poetry, as well as delve into certain dimensions of Arabic music and cinema. Students will be invited to attend all Alwan events free of cost during their period of study.

Materials: Students will be required to obtain a copy of Alif Baa (3rd edition). All other materials will be supplied by the instructor.

Time Commitment: The class meets 2 hours/week for 8 weeks. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 2 hours/week in preparation for class. 

Prerequisites: Level I is intended for students who have little or no background in the Arabic language.

Students can pay by PayPal (see REGISTRATION FORM), Personal Checks or Money Orders made out to Alwan Foundation.
Open until the first day of classes (no installment plans available), full payment due by first day of classes. 

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 but will be charged the full tuition.
To register and pay for classes or private lessons for the Fall/Winter semester, use this REGISTRATION FORM 

Private Lessons
Private Arabic Lessons Fees: $65/hour
Alwan Signature Courses: Stay tuned for Alwan Signature Courses designed by artists, musicians, and cooks that provide unique perspectives on Arabic art, language, and culture.

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