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 MSA courses is to help students to master both the Arabic language in its oral form and its written form at an academic level in a variety of topics such as Arabic literature, politics, culture, society, history, etc. This will allow the student to be able to work professionally in Arabic and efficiently communicate in any country of the Arab world.
Textbooks

Textbooks

Arabeya offers MSA courses that are based mainly on Al-kitaab fii Ta'allum Al-'Arabiyya series by Abbas Al-Tonsi et al. and Lughatuna Al-FuSHa series by Samia Louis in addition to our own materials and teachings aids. However at Arabeya we do allow a great deal of flexibility with our students, and upon request we are more than happy to teach students from their chosen MSA textbooks as well. This is especially the case in one-to-one classes where the student has more sway on the direction a class may take. Examples of other commonly used textbooks and materials include Al-kitab Al-Assasi, Al-Arabiyyatu Bayna Yaadayk, Madina, and Modern Standard Arabic by Eckehard Schultz, Mastering Arabic by Mahmoud Gaafar et al. and Rosetta Stone Arabic.
Levels

Levels

Arabeya MSA levels are designed according to the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR), which is made up of 13 levels from beginner all the way up to proficient user. Each level requires around 60 hours of lesson time, however, this depends on the number of students in a classroom and can vary from student to student. Download the levels here.

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