With more than 250 million speakers, Arabic is one of the six biggest languages in the world. It is mainly spoken in the Middle East and North Africa and is also the holy language in Islam.
Arabic can be divided into roughly three different parts: Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Colloquial Arabic. Classical Arabic is the language of the Quran, while MSA is the language used in media, literature and official statements throughout the Arab world. In addition, each Arab country has its own particular Arabic dialect - colloquial Arabic. Currently, Modern Standard Arabic is the Arabic that is taught and studied at most universities.
Why learn Arabic?
There are probably as many reasons for learning Arabic as there are students studying it. Whatever your particular reason, knowing Arabic will open doors to new experiences. You will be able to understand the news from another angle by watching Arabic news channels; you will be able to read literature and poetry that is rarely translated into English; you will be able to travel and move about easily in the Arab world; and you will gain an understanding of a culture very different from your own.
We are currently offering eight courses in MSA, divided into four groups. In our beginner-level courses, Arabic for beginners I and Arabic for beginners II you will be introduced to the Arabic language. You will learn how to read, write and speak Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).
In Arabic III and Arabic IV you will read easy newspaper articles, short stories, poetry and other texts in Arabic, the texts will then be disucces in Arabic during class.
During Arabic V and Arabic VI you read and listen only to authentic Arabic material from books, newspapers, magazines, news channels, TV series and songs. You will also start with grammatical analyses of Arabic, teaching is done mainly in Arabic.
In Arabic VII and Arabic VIII you are introduced to diffrent periods of the Arabic litterature and through the texts you apply your knowledge of grammar, teaching is done in Arabic.
We are also offering on an alternative basis courses on Arabic literature, both in English and in Arabic, see current courses to know what is being taught this term.
All courses are given as web-based courses (allowing you to be anywhere in the world as long as you have a good internet connection so that you can attend the seminars).