Egyptian Colloquial Arabic- ECA
Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (“Ameyya Masriyya”) is spoken by more than 90 million people, and is understood by a community of around 300 million in the Middle East due to famous and popular Egyptian movies, music, TV shows, and other forms of arts.
This course aims to develop your linguistic competence and performance in speaking Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA). You will be able to communicate with people about numerous everyday subjects. Using a communicative approach, you will be encouraged to speak Egyptian Colloquial Arabic inside and outside the classroom: inside the classroom through exercises and interaction among classmates, and between the learners and the instructors; outside the classroom through assignments that engage learners in tasks that require them to interact with native speakers.
ECA course consists of 11 levels, ranging from Beginners to Advanced.
Each ECA level is 32 hours in total, and classes meet four days a week from Monday to Thursday, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (16 days x two-hour session).
This level will help you to build your speaking and listening skills, through classroom activities. You will be able to interact in a simple way, and ask and answer simple questions in the following situations: telling people about yourself and asking them about themselves; giving instructions to a taxi driver; dealing with money and numbers; expressing routine habits; shopping; talking about jobs; telling time & date.
This level aims to enhance your understanding of very basic texts concerning oneself and one’s surroundings.
You will be able to use very simple sentences to describe: oneself; family members; place of class objects; addresses of familiar and related places; your daily routine; basic plans; how to hunt for a flat; clothes and colors; apartments and households.
You will be able to handle very short social exchanges and communicate in simple and routine situations such as: ordering in a restaurant; describing the weather; describing future plans and past events; giving suggestions; giving and receiving invitations; expressing likes and dislikes; talking about personal hobbies; describing illnesses.
This course helps you to find specific information in simple, short texts. You will be able to converse about familiar topics such as: your life; past personal experiences; family members; cities and places. You will also learn to compare different workplaces and different occasions; how to express old habits in the past (used to do); how to open a conversation with a new friend; and how to make complaints.
This course will help you to deepen your understanding of texts related to personal experiences and situations. You will be able to communicate information in areas of personal importance such as: reporting events; apologizing; asking for help; borrowing things; and complaining. You will also learn how to accept, postpone or turn down an invitation; describe your feelings and emotions; narrate stories; and talk about events in the past tense.
This course helps you to understand the main point on topics related to current affairs of personal or professional interest.
You will be able to enter unprepared in conversations in such topics: asking for help, expressing positive or negative opinions, giving reasons and justifications, describing emotions, talking about historical events, planning, probabilities & using conditionals for future probabilities, assumptions, asking for help in planning & getting information, expressing fulfillment of events.
This course will help you to understand descriptions of events; feelings; wishes; and job-related language. You will be able to deal with most situations that might arise in Arab countries such as: talking about Arab countries’ landmarks and monuments; using the language of regret; use of auxiliaries to express planning in the future; talking about jobs and skills suitable for related jobs; personal characteristics required for certain jobs.
This course will help you to understand the language of opinions, plans and experiences. While speaking you will practice how to connect sentences to express hopes, dreams and opinions. You will be able to narrate stories and folklore tales, using famous expressions and idioms in narration. You will identify the difference between storytelling and reporting news. You will use language of comparison in talking about differences in personal habits and customs in different cultures, and will use the language of generalization and statistics. You will be able to briefly give reasons, and explain opinions in some social situations.
This course will help you to understand extended texts and follow arguments. You will be able to communicate with a degree of spontaneity and fluency, which makes interaction with native speakers possible. You will take active part in discussion in the following topics: the current state of education; early marriage and divorce; advantages and disadvantages of travelling; expressing annoyances and complaints.
This course will help you to understand most current affairs and TV news, as well as some talk shows. You will be able to understand some selected films. You will be able to take an active part in discussions with native speakers and colleagues in some contexts, and you can sustain your view point. Authentic audio- visual materials will be used to teach and discuss cultural, social and political issues in Arab countries.
We offer three types of courses: intensive, long-term and online:
As well as the increased classroom time alongside your immersive trip abroad, you will have the option to tailor your lessons with additional modules so that you can start learning vocabulary that will help you to communicate with natives. The intensive course is an ideal choice for you if you want to learn Arabic as quickly as possible while studying abroad. This will give you the most class time and will allow you to fit more learning into a shorter space of time if you cannot be away from your home country for too long.
Intensive courses consist of 32 hours of teaching over four weeks, which is provided as four days of classes per week, each class being two hours long (32 hours/ 4 weeks/ 4 days a week / 2 hours a session/ 8 hours a week).
The long-term course is suitable for people already living and working in Egypt who want to study Arabic but not on a full-time basis. Long-term courses consist of 32 hours of teaching over eight weeks, which is provided as two two-hour classes per week. (32 hours/ 8 weeks/ 2 days a week/ 2 hours a session/ 4 hours a week).