Netherlands, Cairo (Egypt)

Intensive Beginner's Course Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

when 31 July 2016 - 25 August 2016
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 850

You have spent some time studying Arabic but your conversation skills have not really taken off? Then this course is perfect for you. In four weeks’ time, we will get you up to an intermediate level in communicative skills in the principal vernacular of Arabic.

This intensive, interactive course is based on a communicative approach in which the oral communication between instructor-students and students-students are the main tools of teaching. Authentic tasks related to the language of everyday life are used in class activities as well as for homework. The course also makes use of peer-work and games in the classroom in order to enhance communicative skills.

Target group

This course targets those who have studied or are studying Arabic (whether at university, in private lessons, or on their own), but not the Egyptian spoken variant. Prior knowledge of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic or the Arabic alphabet is not required. Participants are expected to review course material and complete assignments outside of the contact hours.

Course aim

The 80 hours of this course will bring you to the level of intermediate-low according to the guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
• Identify and reply to the most common greetings and phrases used in everyday life.
• Introduce her/himself and other people.
• Describe her/his family.
• Conduct short conversations related to everyday life, including but not limited to taking a taxi, buying things, and renting a flat.
• Use the present tense to talk about the daily routine.

Fee info

EUR 850: The course includes all course materials and three excursions in Cairo. NVIC has a few guestrooms that it will make available to participants at affordable prices (on a first come first serve basis).