While Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), with its rich tradition and long history, is the official language of all Arab countries, at the local level Arabs do not communicate with each other using MSA. The Arab world is spread out over a huge geographical area encompassing somewhat different climates and terrains that house different cultures and modes of living – from mountain dwellers to desert nomads and city business professionals. These have inevitably encouraged the growth of deeply varying and independent dialects that all find root in the modern standard. Each Arab country has its own dialect and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) is the language with which Egyptian people communicate and interact. The Egyptian dialect is the most widely spread and most universally understood dialect, and Arabic speakers from all over the Arab world are used to listening to ECA due to the enormous popularity of Egyptian music, film and art. The written form of ECA is also commonly used in modern Egyptian literature as well as found on street signs and social media sites. Learners who choose to study Egyptian Colloquial Arabic will mainly target the oral/aural form of the Arabic language (speaking and listening).

Goals

Goals

The main goal of our ECA courses is to help students master a native-like fluency in various topics, allowing them to better integrate in the local surroundings and maximise their interaction with locals when studying, living or working in Egypt. Coupled with a good knowledge of MSA, ECA can really propel a student to the next level of proficiency, as it is common for educated native Arabic speakers to interchange between their colloquial dialect and the formal standard. 
Textbooks

Textbooks

Arabeya offers ECA courses that are based mainly on the Kallimni ‘Arabi series by Samia Louis and Kalaam Gamiil by Abbas Al-Tonsi et al. in addition to our own material and teachings aids. However, as in MSA, we do allow a certain level of flexibility with our students, and upon request we can teach students from their chosen ECA textbooks as well. This is especially the case in one-to-one classes where the student has more room to direct a class to be more personalised.
Levels

Levels

Arabeya ECA levels are designed according to the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR), which is made up of 12 levels from beginner all the way up to proficient user. Each level requires around 40 hours of lesson time, however, this depends on the number of students in a classroom and can vary from student to student. Download Levels for ECA here.

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