College of Language and Communication – Alexandria
Importance of the Arabic Language
The Arabic language is the fifth most widely spoken language worldwide. It is the mother tongue of more than 500 million people living worldwide, and the official language in 27 countries. Arabic is also the liturgical language for more than one billion Muslims who speak various languages and have different nationalities.
In light of this, and the growing international political and economic interest in the Middle East, the College of Language and Communication (CLC) at the AAST in Alexandria offers a variety of Arabic for speakers of other languages courses. These courses cater for all ability levels from beginner to advanced.
About the AAST and the CLC
The AAST is one of the most distinguished organizations affiliated with The League of Arab States whose member-states are participants in the AASTMT. Since its establishment in 1972, the Academy has been involved in the various fields of education, training, scientific research and community service. In 2007, the Academy was granted the award offered by International Organization for Standardization (ISO), thus securing a position among the world’s top six institutions in applying standardized levels in higher education. The AAST is ranked second private university in Egypt, and 44th in the Middle East according to Webometrics University Ranking.
The College of Language and Communication is one of the newest Colleges at the AAST. It has a specialized institution that delivers numerous high standard language services. The educational programs at the CLC are characterized by excellence in catering for the learners' general and specialized needs in a variety of languages namely, Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. Course design, development and implementation apply the latest effective practices in language teaching and educational technology. The academic staff of the CLC is actively engaged in linguistic research and continuously takes part in the development and dissemination of knowledge in relevant fields.
The program – with its focus on the four skills and grammatical structures – encompasses all social and cultural content related to the Arabic language. The program also targets teaching the various Egyptian Colloquial Arabic forms. By the end of this program, learners should be able to:
• read and write simple grammatical Arabic sentences using accurate vocabulary.
• understand simple lectures given in the standard Arabic language.
• introduce himself and express his basic needs using the Arabic Language.
• hold a conversation with others using standard Arabic.
• communicate with others using the colloquial Egyptian Language (optional).
• Emphasis is on the four language skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking.
• Arabic is the medium of instruction.
• Learners are provided with authentic texts and audio/visual materials that have not been modified or abridged for non-native audience.
• Exposure to language in authentic situations through excursions and cultural events is a key component.
• There is an interactive presentation of Arabic within live, communicative contexts with an emphasis on frequent student participation.
• The study of the Arabic language grammar takes place in practical texts and natural contexts to exhibit the relevance and functionality of grammatical structures in the everyday language.
• Original supplementary textbooks and teaching materials are used. These are revised and updated every semester.
All instructors are:
• Egyptian native speakers of Arabic
• experts in teaching Arabic for non-native speakers
• MA holders who have considerable experience or research papers in the field of teaching Arabic to non-native speakers.
The program consists of three levels, and each level includes two courses. Each of the six courses runs for six hours daily for one month summing up to 120 hours. The six courses (720 hours) are covered in six months.
Level I – Beginners
This course is designed for beginners with no prior experience in the language. It covers the writing system and phonology (pronunciation, including intonation and stress) of Modern Standard Arabic, before introducing the fundamentals of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
This course is designed for beginners who have basic knowledge of the writing system and phonology. Language skills are built gradually with repetition, through a focus on the most common words and fundamental structures of MSA. The course enables students to read and write simple sentences and express themselves orally in simple dialogues. The course enables students to read and write simple words and express themselves orally in simple dialogues.
Level II –Intermediate
This level is designed for students who have achieved proficiency in pronunciation and can read and write simple sentences in Modern Standard Arabic. It constitutes two courses as follows:
This course is designed to develop and expand proficiency in the four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking in addition to introducing fundamental topics in Arabic grammar. All areas of the language are emphasized through the study of short authentic texts and audio-visual materials on a variety of subjects, including: basic Arab culture, social and historical topics, religious texts from the Quran and Hadith, and short stories. The course aims to enable students comprehend short authentic written and audio texts, write brief compositions on basic topics, and engage in interactive discussions in areas of daily life.
This course is designed to strengthen proficiency in the four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and expand acquisition of vocabulary through longer, more detailed texts on specific topics: Islam and the Other, tradition stories and folk tales, pillars of Arab culture and society, etc. vocab acquisition is further expanded through exposure to the language in cultural events. In addition to a deeper grasp of the four language skills, this course seeks to lay a strong foundation in the Arabic grammar through a survey of important grammatical topics in Modern Standard Arabic.
Level III – Advanced
This level is designed to add depth and complexity to a student’s understanding of Arabic in all four language areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
This course uses long authentic texts from literature (short stories, poetry, autobiographies, and essays) and news media (magazine articles, broadcast media, and electronic materials). Learners engage in detailed discussions and compose essays in response to the topics presented in the aural and written texts, acquiring a diverse vocabulary and employing a variety of transition words and idiomatic phrases. The course reviews grammatical constructs and studies more detailed topics of Arabic grammar contextually, taking practical and functional examples from written texts and authentic real life situations through reflection on cultural events and excursions.
This course targets advanced learners who have near mastery level of the Arabic written and spoken forms. By the end of this course, learners should be able to read and write complex Arabic sentences and communicate fluently with others using standard Arabic and Egyptian colloquial Language in various complex and specialized contexts. They should further be able to read and write advanced grammatical Arabic forms.
Suggested field trips and excursions (available for extra fees)
• Bibliotheca Alexandrina
• Alexandria Opera House
• Alex. National Museum
• Montaza Gardens
• Cultural centers
• Pyramids (Cairo)
• Saquiat El Sawy (Cairo)
• Old Cairo
• Moez Street (Cairo)
What is included:
• Tuition fees for all classes
• All study materials
• A certificate of completion
• Access to AASTMT facilities
• Airport transfers
What is not included:
• Accommodation (available for extra fees)
• Visa cost
• Medical and travel insurance
• Trips and excursions inside and outside Alexandria