Modern Standard Arabic

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the modernised version of Classical Arabic, the language of the Noble Qur'an and all Arab religious texts. Local varieties of Modern Standard Arabic are non-existent, and as the official language of all Arab countries, it is taught all over the Arab world in schools, colleges and universities. MSA, therefore, is often found in its written form in Arabic literature, books, newspapers, magazines and official documents, as well as in spoken form in formal contexts such as TV news and debates, speeches, government and parliament, conferences, seminars, summits, religious sermons and assemblies.

 

Because of this overarching status, knowledge of MSA would give the student access to a tool that allows him or her to communicate with anyone from Morocco to Iraq, and open the door to living and working anywhere in the Arab world.

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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