Saturday Classes and Private

We recognise that choosing an Arabic language class for your child is an important decision. The Arabic Language Centre has been at the forefront of children’s Arabic language learning since 1988. At ALC all our teachers are fully-qualified to teach children in a fun way, complementing the school curriculum whilst at the same time helping to simplify the process of learning. Founded in 1988, the Arabic for Children Department (formerly dar-el-ilm) has for many years been a unique centre for learning not just the Arabic language, but also introducing children to Arabic culture. Saturday Classes offer 2 hours of reading, Writing and Basic Grammar, followed by 1 hour of interactive conversation and role plays.

We incorporate games, songs and other activities that relate to the student’s everyday life.

We are now offering after school, 1-hour Arabic conversation classes, at a discounted rate!
Sunday – Wednesday. 3:30pm – 4:30pm.

ALC offers also other languages on demand, please call for more info 04 331 0221, or email us at: [email protected]

Course Levels:

Reception Level A & B (3-5 years)
Introduces the shapes and sounds of the Arabic letters; introduces the long and short vowels; enables students to read three-letter words; engages students in basic age-appropriate conversation. Introduces the numbers and colours; employs educational stories, songs and games. Writing skills are not emphasized at the reception level.

Introductory Level A/B/C (6-7 years)
the Arabic alphabet, with long and short vowels; enables students to reading three and four-letter words. Develops basic writing skills by joining letters; introduces the concept of big and small, long and short characters. Informally introduces grammar – singular pronouns and possessive pronouns; engages students in conversation about personal data, school life, family members etc.; incorporates the use of educational games, stories and songs.

Level I (Ages 7-9 years)
Builds on the content of previously covered material; reading and writing skills with additional letters. Telling the time, days of the week. Reading sentences and small paragraphs. Informal introduction to grammar. Verb and noun conjugation with singular pronouns. Writing short paragraphs. Educational games, stories and songs.

Level II (Ages 9-11 years)
Text books are assigned which will gradually move the child from introductory level to the primary stage. The books are supported by posters which help the students to orally express themselves with simple sentences, along with a basic grammar book and assessment at the end of each term. Extended conversational material such as sports, in the city, at the airport etc…

Level III (Ages 11-13 years)
Continue with reading texts and answering questions verbally and in writing. Spelling tests. Greater emphasis on grammar, such as prepositions – place and time adverbs. Writing longer paragraphs aboutdifferent topics. Listening and reading comprehension. Educational games and stories.

Level IV (Ages 13-14 years)
Extended reading and grammar. Extended writing skills. Newspaper articles. Continue reading texts and answering questions orally and in writing. Spelling tests. Greater emphasis on reading comprehension. Educational games and stories.

Beginners I / II (Young adults)
Topics covered: recognition of script, greetings, introductions, personal data, expressions, time, days of the week, numbers, basic grammatical patterns, basic word structure, a general introduction and overview of the Arabic language, directions, address, where to?, where is? Life in the Emirates. Present/future verb conjugation, descriptive pattern and word structure.

Beginners III / Intermediate I (Young adults)
Telephone conversation, expressions of time, shopping, at a birthday party, invitations, more colours, months of the year, travelling, holidays, and family. Present/future verb conjugations continued. Comparatives. Introduction to past tense of verbs, word structure, extended forms. The course is designed to include all the topics, vocabulary, and grammar covered in the previous year, allowing students to revise and consolidate the material, whilst using it in new situations. The emphasis is on oral communication skills through role plays, guided conversations, translations and situations to enable the students to become more fluent and confident.

Intermediate II / III (Young adults)
The course is designed to allow students to strengthen their communication skills by revising material covered in the previous courses through practical everyday situations. The objective is for students to familiarize themselves with the multiple uses of the vocabulary previously covered, thus enabling them to converse fluently and with a greater degree of confidence. Topics covered include: immigration department, government ministries, weather and climate, entertainment, at a party, hotels and restaurants, the home, and tourism. Past continuous verb forms – nominal and descriptive patterns. Reinforcement of all grammar, the imperative mood and verb conjugations continued.

Advanced Arabic Programme I (approx. 2 years) | 240 Hours
Course Description: The course addresses the four language skills needed to learn Arabic at an advanced level. The course aims to enable students to advance their knowledge of Classical Arabic and develop more sophisticated reading and writing skills, in addition to an enhanced level of oral communication. Topics covered: Personal Information • Education • Social Situations • Sports and Cultural Events • Politics • Tourism • Letter Writing • Nature and Service Industries (banks, hotels, restaurants, airlines, shopping). At the Arabic Language Centre, the programme incorporates Arabic Media (Radio, TV, and Newspapers).

Advanced Arabic Programme II (one/two year programme) | 120/240 Hours
The objective of the course is to give students a solid grounding in the language skills, culture and society of the Arab world, allowing students to further their Classical Arabic knowledge by developing a good understanding of the written forms of the language in a variety of registers. Topics Covered: Day-to-day matters • Society • Working world • Environment and Citizenship • International Context • Arab History •Arab Media • Culture • Socio-Culture • Vocalization • Nominal and Verbal Sentences • Noun Cases • Verb Moods • Adjectives • Adverbs • Particles and Numbers. Phonetics courses available on request.

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