Modern Standard Arabic – MSA

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Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the written language of Arabic. It is developed from Classical Arabic which is the language of the Holy Quran. MSA is the contemporary written language of the Arab world and the officially spoken language of governments, diplomatic missions, radio and TV broadcasts as well as the news, schools and universities and an official language of the United Nations.
This course will enable you to read and write at an appropriate academic level, communicate with different Arabic nationalities and read news, stories, reference books and novels by famous Arab authors.
The MSA course consists of 12 levels, ranging from Beginners to Advanced.
Each MSA level is 48 hours in total and classes meet four days a week from Monday to Thursday starting at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, for four weeks (16 days x three-hour session).
Using a variety of classroom activities, this course will enable you to build up the basic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as developing language acquisition skills. Grammar is not presented explicitly at this stage, though basic grammatical points are introduced. You will be able to communicate orally and in writing in a number of survival situations such as: introducing oneself; exchanging greetings; learning Arabic names; asking about people’s nationalities; asking about familiar objects.
This level aims to enhance both understanding and production both written and spoken. We will introduce different patterns of nominal sentences; present tense verbs conjugated with single pronouns; negation of nominal and verbal sentences; and useful basic vocabulary. Texts are about personal information, surrounding environment and daily routine. you will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and communicate in a simple way. You will learn: asking about personal belongings; asking about addresses; asking about dates and times; reading business cards; describing addresses and directions; talking about routine habits; asking about family members and what they do for work.
The level deals with all essential morphological rules related to verb conjunction, such as weak roots and the ten forms of Arabic verbs as well as sentence structures. It also introduces past tense with singular pronouns. All grammar and morphology presentations are contextualized in relevant situations which expand the basic lexicon. Texts of this level are about physical descriptions of people and places, education and employment. You will be able to communicate in a simple way, and will be able to exchange information in familiar matters such as: describing people and places, talking about family; expressing ownerships; reading and understanding short paragraphs; describing incidences and parties; and talking about future plans.
This level prepares the participant with essential newspaper expressions and vocabulary. This level expands on the morphological aspects of vocabulary. It will cover “Masdars”, reported statements, conjunctions and complex sentences. It completes the past tense and introduces the future tense and imperative forms of the verb. This will enable students to understand and use them in meaningful contexts. Texts of the level are short and simple. You will be able to describe in simple way aspects of your background and immediate environment; narrate past events and news; narrate and write short stories.
This level gives more details of sentence formation, compound and complex sentences and related syntax, i.e. connectors, clauses and accusatives. It expands more on morphology as active and passive voices; other ways of expressing the past tense; comparison and KANA and its sisters. The texts of this level are a bit longer than before and they consist mainly of high frequency self-related or related events.
you will be able to understand the main points of clear input, and be able to produce simple connected text on topics such as: describing a sequence of events; changes happened to people and places across the time; accidents and fires; pollution.
You will be exposed to different styles of texts with the aim of building a more specialized lexicon and expanding on grammar and morphology taught in previous levels. This level teaches connectors, passive participle, conditional sentences, dip totes, and nouns from weak root verbs. The texts are more descriptive and connected in a way that can describe general events. You will be able to understand and express situations such as: describing sports events; inventors and their inventions; touristic visits and travels; famous cities.
This level exposes you to new grammatical points concerning all types of adverbs and Tamyeez as well as ways to express assertion and exclamation; using the language of exception; analysis of causes & problems.
You will be able to comprehend and deal with a wide range of topics concerned with contemporary problems. The topics cover a variety of areas such as politics, economics, sociology, contemporary Arab revolutions, the problems with media, and working women. You will be able to discuss some situations and problems which might arise when travelling to Arab countries.
From this level onward, the main focus of the lesson is the text. Texts will be complicated and detailed. It builds on the previous knowledge of grammar and expands it generally through drills and comprehension tasks. The grammar of this level is about the relationship between verb tense and natural time, hollow verbs, Tamyeez, active and passive participles, passive voice, KAN, possessive cases, place participle, dip totes and broken plurals.
You will be able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity when discussing topics such as: travels, festivals, religious occasions, press and newspaper development in the Arab world, and famous Egyptian women
In this level, you will revise the grammar and morphological rules taught in previous levels, such as meanings of the verb forms, adverbs, nouns driven from the weak verbs, exclamation, forms of comparative and superlative nouns. You will be exposed to a variety of texts which enrich your knowledge of sophisticated vocabulary. The main text type here is narration with its variations from modern to medieval.
You will be able to understand texts dealing with social, historical, literary, or cultural issues. There are some authentic reading and listening texts materials.
In this level you will revise grammar and morphological rules taught in previous levels, focusing on different kinds of accusatives. You will be exposed to a variety of texts which enrich your knowledge of sophisticated vocabulary. The texts deal with society: tradition and modernity, Islamic movements, family and children, as well as literature.
You will be able to explain a viewpoint on topics such as marriage and related problems, Islam and politics. You will be able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of various options and opinions.
You revise grammar and morphological rules taught in previous levels. At this level, you are exposed to a variety of texts which enrich their knowledge of sophisticated vocabulary. This level also widens the scope of the learners’ understanding of different written styles; i.e. the informative, argumentative, philosophical, scientific and literary styles which are used at different times by different writers.
You will be able to use the language flexibly and effectively in social and professional situations.
These levels continue with the different text types with more detailed understanding of the finer shades of meaning and the cultural background of the texts. Grammar here comes to serve the understanding of the texts with more detailed and grouped presentations of the rules.
You will be able to appreciate different texts types & write an essay or a report, and will be able to select the appropriate style of writing with reader in mind.
These levels continue with the different text types with more detailed understanding of the finer shades of meaning and the cultural background of the texts. Grammar here comes to serve the understanding of the texts with more detailed and grouped presentations of the rules.
You will be able to appreciate different texts types & write an essay or a report, and will be able to select the appropriate style of writing with reader in mind.
We offer three types of courses: intensive, long-term and online:
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.
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 in your future, either with your career or academic studies.
Intensive courses consist of 48 hours of teaching over four weeks, which is  provided as four days of class per week, each class being three hours long (48 hours/ 4 weeks/ 4 days a week/ 3 hours a session/ 12 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 48 hours of teaching over eight weeks, which is provided as two three-hour classes per week (48 hours/ 8 weeks / 2 days a week /3 hours a session/ 6 hours a week).

The online course via skype,  wiziq and zoom allow for flexible learning. You can cover the topics anytime, anywhere.

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