Group and Private Classes

Group Classes
ALC runs group public classes throughout the year at different timings for maximum flexibility. Each regular term is about 7 weeks long and usually run in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Regular term classes are scheduled in the morning (9:00-11:00 a.m.), lunch (12:00-2:00 p.m.) and evening (6:30-8:30 p.m.). We also run 2-4 week long Beginners intensive terms in between the regular terms, usually in February, May, August and December.

Our levels are 30-32 hours in duration. Regular term classes are held for two hours, twice a week, while intensive classes run more frequently, up to five times a week.

Please refer to the Timetable for information on the exact dates and times of the classes.

Private/Semi Private
For students unable to attend the scheduled public courses, do not find a level-suitable public class on offer, or wish to have a course structured to their language requirements, we offer private one-on-one tuition. Classes are arranged based on the student’s preference and teacher’s availability and are usually scheduled between 9.00 am and 6.00 pm. Classes may be held in 1.5 or 2-hour sessions, twice a week. However, more intensive schedules can be arranged if requested.

The hourly rate of a private one-on-one class is AED 240. A set of 10 hours costs AED 2400. A full 30-hour private course costs AED 7200, and is subject to 5% Discount.

Semi-private classes are conducted on the same basis with 2-5 students requesting to study together. The hourly rate of a semi-private class is AED 360, divided on the class participants.

ALC offers also other languages on demand, please call for more info 04 331 5600, or email us at: info@arabiclanguagecentre.com

Unique Method

Our unique method of teaching Arabic as a foreign language was developed by ALC founder Maliha Wehbe. We follow a communicative, task-based methodology, and we integrate the four language skills, with a focus on Speaking.

  • Our teaching approach helps students to learn and speak the language the natural way; via the Arabic script, rather than via the English transliteration.
  • The method brings out the logic of the language in a way that has not been implemented before, which makes the learning process easier and gives Arabic the credit it deserves, as a
    logical, systematic and easy-to-learn language.
  • The structured classes are comprehensive and designed to teach vocabulary relevant to everyday use.
  • Our courses assist students in building up words and forming sentences.

  • We incorporate the triangular theory in an innovative, non-traditional way to teach word structure,conjugation, case endings, Harakaat, verb moods and letter dots.
  • We teach students to recognize the shapes of the Arabic alphabet and the sounds they represent and to show that Arabic is a truly phonetic language.

ARABIC IN SCHOOLS AND NURSERIES

For many years, ALC (formerly DEI) has proudly worked with some of Dubai’s top public and private schools. ALC has worked with the schools by providing Arabic teachers to support their existing Arabic language department. Our method focuses on oral communication that develops the children’s confidence in speaking the language. We use a selection of educational games, songs, role plays, flash cards etc… to make the learning interactive and enjoyable.

We understand that many schools aim to have professional Arabic teachers, who not only teach the curriculum effectively, but also stimulate the students’ interest in the language. As such, ALC provides native-speaking Arabic teachers to academically support the school’s Arabic department. We work closely with the Arabic department to fulfill the guidelines and requirements of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) for Arabic A and Arabic B.

For more information, please contact us on 04 331 0221 or email us at alcc@arabiclanguagecentre.com

After School Activities Programme
ALC provides after-school Arabic Conversation classes at the school’s premises. The objective of the after-school programme is to provide children with additional Arabic support at the convenience of their school premises. The conversation classes are held for one hour and aim to expand the children’s vocabulary whilst encouraging them to speak Arabic with confidence.

If your school would benefit from the Arabic Conversation After- School Activities programme, please contact us for more information on 04 331 0221 or email us at alcc@arabiclanguagecentre.com

SEASONAL CAMPS

The camps offer children the option to learn Arabic, French, or English. Each week the camp focuseson a specific theme related to the child’s routines and activities such as, sports, birthdays, outings, beach, family introductions, travelling, hobbies and more! The children will be able to learn the language while having fun in class. The camp includes arts and crafts, educational games, role-plays, and songs delivered in a relaxed and friendly environment. The camp emphasizes oral communication that develop the child’s confidence in speaking the language. The camps are led by our enthusiastic team of native speaking teachers.

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Winter Camp

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Spring Camp

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Summer Camp

Fridays & Sundays Classes Public and Private

We recognize 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: alcc@arabiclanguagecentre.com


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 colors; 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 read 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.

Intermediate A (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.

Intermediate B (Ages 9-11 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 about different topics. Listening and reading comprehension. Educational games and stories.

Intermediate C (Ages 11-13 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.

Advanced level A
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 program incorporates Arabic Media (Radio, TV, and Newspapers).

Advanced Level B
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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Unique Method

Our unique method of teaching Arabic as a foreign language was developed by ALC founder Maliha Wehbe. We follow a communicative, task-based methodology, and we integrate the four language skills, with a focus on Speaking.

  • Our teaching approach helps students to learn and speak the language the natural way; via the Arabic script, rather than via the English transliteration.
  • The method brings out the logic of the language in a way that has not been implemented before, which makes the learning process easier and gives Arabic the credit it deserves, as a logical, systematic and easy-to-learn language.
  • The structured classes are comprehensive and designed to teach vocabulary relevant to everyday.
  • Our courses assist students in building up words and forming sentences.
  • We incorporate the triangular theory in an innovative, non-traditional way to teach word structure conjugation, case endings, Harakaat, verb moods and letter dots.
  • We teach students to recognize the shapes of the Arabic alphabet and the sounds they represent and to show that Arabic is a truly phonetic language.

Corporate Training

Many companies in the UAE recognise the importance of training their staff in the Arabic language for business, social and cultural purposes. For convenience, we offer corporate programmes that are held on the company premises, whereby the same public class content and structure are followed. Alternatively, if the company lacks sufficient training facilities, courses exclusive for the company delegates may be held at our premises. For this type of course, we would stipulate a maximum of 15 delegates per group.

Presentation Skills Specialised Arabic Courses
We also provide industry-specific courses, such as Arabic for Banking, Hospitals and Hospitality, as per the client’s request and needs. If you are looking for a specific course to be designed which teaches your employees job-specific Arabic, please contact us to arrange a meeting so we can take a thorough brief of your requirements in order to supply a quotation: info@arabiclanguagecentre.com

ALC offers also English and German Language Corporate Training , please call for more info
04 331 5600, or email us at: info@arabiclanguagecentre.com

Course Description

 

Beginners I (30 hours)

Beginners I is a 30 hour foundation class that teaches basic everyday conversation within social and business contexts, basic grammar, and the Arabic Script (details outlined below).

The course addresses the four language skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in an integrated fashion, with a focus on Speaking.

I-  Language Functions:

  • greet others using several regional greetings and culture-specific expressions
  • provide information about your nationality, occupation and place of stay
  • talk about your family status and family members
  • describe your plans and habitual actions in your daily life
  • describe your state of being and how you feel
  • ask for things you need
  • invite people over
  • introduce someone else, such as a friend, colleague, or family member
  • engage in dialogue (Q&A) with others around the above listed topics

II- Grammar Points:

  • basic word structure and sentence structure
  • dependent and independent pronoun patterns (dpp and ipp)
  • verb conjugations in the present future tense
  • singular and plural forms of nouns and adjectives
  • masculine and feminine nouns and adjectives
  • descriptive pattern 
  • function words (want, have, have been)
  • adverbs of time and days of the week
  • numbers and rules of counting
  • negations                                                                                                                           

III- Arabic Script:

  • introduction to the rules of Arabic writing
  • reading and writing of the 28 Arabic letters in isolated and connected forms at a Beg level

 

Beginners II (28-30 hours)

Topics covered:
Giving and receiving directions; describing travel plans and holidays; describing life in the Emirates; giving bio data; learning a new language.

Grammar:present/future verb pattern; descriptive pattern; word structure; doer/receiver (subject and object); prepositions.

 

Beginners III (28-30 hours)

Topics covered:
Making and cancelling appointments; telephone conversation; describing timing/working hours; shopping and negotiating prices; describing an outing/party; introducing others; inviting friends; learning colours; learning months of the year.

Grammar:present/future verb pattern (continued), introduction to past tense pattern, comparatives, word structure, verb forms.

 

Beginners Conversation (28-30 hours)

Course Description:
Beginners Conversation consolidates all topics covered in the first three Beginners levels. The course uses familiar enhanced vocabulary and grammar applied in new situations. Emphasis is placed on oral communication skills, through role plays, guided and unguided conversations and English/Arabic translations. The course aims to enable students to become more familiar with the vocabulary and be able to communicate more fluently and with confidence.

 

Intermediate I (28-30 hours)

Topics covered:
Going on a business trip; travelling; talking about family; discussing traffic regulations; reporting on a car accident; giving personal data; describing education.

Grammar:past tense pattern and verb categories, verb forms (continued).

 

Intermediate II (28-30 hours)

Topics covered:
Travelling and booking a holiday; giving opinions; booking in hotels and restaurants; moving to a new office/home; describing the weather; tourism.

Grammar: Reinforcement of previous grammatical patterns, the Imperative Mood, Verb Forms (continued).

 

Intermediate III (28-30 hours)

Topics covered:
Dealing with the Immigration Department; describing the weather; describing means of entertainment, outings and parties.

Grammar: Past continuous, Verb Forms, Nominal & Descriptive Patterns.

 

Intermediate Conversation (28-30 hours)

Course Description:
Intermediate Conversation aims to strengthen the students’ communication skills at an intermediate level. The course recaps content covered in the previous Beginners and Intermediate levels. It offers students
the opportunity to practice the application of vocab in new situations. The course prepares students to converse fluently and with confidence.

 

Transition (28-30 hours)

Course Description:
The Transition Course is a pre-requisite for the Advanced Arabic classes, the course objective is to provide students with a smooth transition into the world of Classical Arabic. Students are introduced to the classical form of words and grammatical concepts. The class aims to familiarise students to the written form of the Arabic language used in various contexts.

 

Advanced Arabic

Advanced Arabic Levels aim to enable students to improve their knowledge of Classical Arabic. The courses develop reading and writing skills as well as oral communication. The students explore a variety of contemporary topics that relate to the modern world. The course incorporates the use of a variety of textbooks and online materials.

The courses include topics such as:
Education • Social Situations • Sports • Cultural Events • Politics • Tourism • Letter Writing • Nature and Service Industries (banks, hotels, restaurants, airlines, shopping). Media (Radio, TV, and Newspapers) •Working world • Environment and Citizenship • Arab History • Culture

 

Phonetics courses (using English transliteration instead of the Arabic script) are available upon request.

 

Cultural Arabic (14 hours)

Course Description:
The Course provides a good insight into cultural and social topics such as the values, traditions, social life, religions and geography of the Arab World. The course helps in creating cultural awareness and a better understanding of the Arabic norms and values. The course also includes an optional cultural trip.