Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Levantine Arabic for Absolute Beginners (1 semester)


Costs: 195 euros + 45 euros material including 2 books and audio files. 

(One lesson per week of 1.5 hours, 12 lessons per semester)

In this course, you learn reading and writing the Arabic alphabet using a unique method developed by the “Leer Arabisch” school. You start practicing reading individual words, and then sentences; at the end a whole story in Modern Standard Arabic. You also learn the rules of writing; how to connect the letters together to form words.

In parallel, you learn basic conversation in the Levantine dialect (Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, North Jordan), or Modern Standard Arabic if you prefer: greeting and formalities, talking about yourself and getting to know someone, offering and asking for a drink, counting, and asking simple questions.

Homework: learning vocabulary and conversations, listening, reading, as well as writing exercises. You can expect about 2-3 hours of homework per week.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this level you will be able to:

1) Read words and sentences and write in Arabic, building a basic vocabulary.
2) Count until million.
3) Greet people and answer basic formalities.
4) Introduce yourself and others, ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, where you learn Arabic, and what you do in life.

 


MSA and Levantine Arabic Level 1 (2 semesters)


Costs: First semester 230 euros, including book and audio files, second semester 220 euros.

(One lesson per week of 1.5 hours, 12 lessons per semester)

As of Level 1 you start learning the grammar of Modern Standard Arabic, such as the possessive form, the demonstratives, and the conjugation of some verbs, but you also learn the differences in the grammar of the Levantine dialect (for speaking). You also start reading and translating simple texts in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).

Speaking can be practiced in both the Levantine dialect as well as MSA, depending on the choice of each student. The student can choose to learn both dialect and MSA or one of the two.

Homework:

Listening and writing exercises are provided as homework. You can expect about 2/2.5 hours of homework per week.

Pre-requisites for joining this course:
1) You have to know all the letters of the alphabet and be able to read words in Arabic.
2) You have to know how to join the letters to form words.

In addition to that, you will be able to work with more ease at this level if you can:
– Count in Arabic.
– Greet people and reply to basic formalities in Arabic.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course you will achieve the equivalent of the A1 level of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”. This means that you are able to:
1) Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
2) Easily express yourself with the verbs ‘to have’ and ‘to want’ in different daily situations.
3) Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly, and is prepared to help.

 


MSA and Levantine Arabic Level 2 (3 semesters) 


Costs: First semester 230 euros, including all lesson material, afterwards 220 euros per semester.

(One lesson per week of 1.5 hours, 12 lessons per semester)

You learn and practice the conjugation of FORM I verbs in the past and present tense. You also build your vocabulary in themes such as ‘the family’, ‘the market’, ‘points of interest’ etc. You also learn practical information and sentences in Arabic that you can use as a tourist in the Arabic world. In addition to that, you practice reading texts with FORM I verbs.

Homework:
Listening and writing exercises are provided as homework. You can expect about 2-3 hours of homework per week.

Pre-requisites for joining Level 2:
(1) All of the pre-requisites for Level 1.
(2) The possessive form and the demonstratives.
(3) Verbs ‘to have’ and ‘to want’ conjugated with all the different pronouns.

You will be able to work with more ease at Level 2 if you can:
– Express time-related aspects in Arabic, such as: the date, the time, and when something took place.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, you will achieve the equivalent of Level A2 of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”. This means that you can:
1) Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
2) Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
3) Describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment, and matters in areas of immediate need.

 


MSA and Levantine Arabic Level 3  (3 semesters)


Costs: First semester 230 euros, including book and audio files, afterwards 220 euros per semester.

(One lesson per week of 1.5 hours, 12 lessons per semester)

You learn the negation of verbs, the future tense, the conjugation of irregular verbs and an in-depth analysis of the use of the article in Arabic. The vocabulary is concentrated on the geography of the Arabic world, and key words and expressions used in the media and politics.

Homework:
Listening and writing exercises, as well as preparation for verbal conversations are provided as homework. You can expect on average around 3 hours of homework per week.

Pre-requisite for joining Level 3:
(1) All of the pre-requisites for Levels 1 and 2.
(2) Be able to conjugate FORM I verbs in the past and present tense.
(3) Be familiar with the prepositions.

In addition, you will work with more ease at this level if you are familiar with vocabulary revolving around the family, the market, and POI’s.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, you will be halfway prepared for Level B1 of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”, which means that you can:
1) Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure, etc.
2) Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where Arabic is spoken.
3) Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar, or of personal interest.

 


MSA and Levantine Arabic Level 4 (3 semesters)


Costs: First semester 230 euros, including all lesson material, afterwards 220 euros per semester.

(One lesson per week of 1.5 hours, 12 lessons per semester)

You learn FORM II until FORM X verbs in all tenses. You can read more complex texts and expand your vocabulary with the words of these texts. The texts revolve around daily life situations or about actual media subjects.

Homework:
Listening and writing exercises as well as preparation for oral presentations are provided as homework. You can expect an average of 3 hours of homework per week.

Pre-requisites for joining this level:
(1) The pre-requisites for Levels 1, 2 and 3.
(2) The future tense.
(3) Be able to negate a sentence in the different tenses.

In addition, you will work with more ease at this level if you are familiar with the “Hollow verbs”.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course you will achieve the equivalent of the B1 level of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”, which means that you can:
– Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure, etc.
– Deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the Arabic language is spoken.
– Produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
– Describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

 


Level 5 (semi-advanced)


Costs: 220 euros, per semester.

(One lesson per week of 1.5 hours, 12 lessons per semester)

As of Level 5, the lessons will be based on themes, which are partly selected based on the interests and objectives of the students in the group. Examples of these themes are: media (MSA), films, series, songs (dialect), as well as books (MSA). The student is given room to enrich his/her vocabulary based on his/her interest by preparing and giving oral presentations.

Homework:
Listening and writing exercises, as well as oral presentations; you can expect a minimum of 3 hours of homework per week. Extra homework and assignments can be provided to students wishing to achieve faster progress.

Pre-requisites for joining this level:
(1) All of the pre-requisites of Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.
(2) Proficiency with verbs in all the different tenses.
(3) The ability to understand the main points of a text from the media (spoken or written).
(4) The ability to speak about one’s daily life and work.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this Level you can achieve the equivalent of Level B2 of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”. This means that you can:
1) Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specification.
2) Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interactions with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
3) Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options