Our state of the Art facility is located in just 10 minutes from downtown Rabat, in the upscale neighborhood of Souissi. Complete with a library, language labs, and large comfortable classrooms, Qalam Center is the ideal place to study.
Each classroom is led by an experienced and enthusiastic Native speaking Arabic teacher. Our teachers all hold advanced degrees in Arabic literature, Law, or Applied Linguistics. Some of our instructors are also former Fulbright scholars who had the opportunity to experience teaching Arabic at American universities during a Fulbright exchange. Some have held positions as Professors of Arabic at distinguished Moroccan Universities.
Students enrolled in language courses at Qalam wa Lawh Center have the opportunity to rapidly acquire Arabic through a communicative and immersive curriculum.
There are nine courses offered at three levels in Modern Standard Arabic: Beginning (I, II & III), Intermediate (I, II & III) and Advanced (I, II & III). There are six courses offered at three levels in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic: Beginning (I & II), Intermediate (I & II) and Advanced (I & II).
Each course takes four weeks to complete. Students may only proceed to the next course after successfully passing the course exam, present an Oral project, and demonstrating the communication skills necessary to place in the next level.
Class size is restricted to a maximum of Ten students.
Modern Standard Arabic
Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the standardized literary Arabic understood throughout the Arab speaking world. It is a modernized version of Classical Arabic, which is the language from which all Arab dialects get their roots. Classical Arabic is also the language of the Qur’an as well as the language of all Arab historic and religious texts.
MSA courses at Qalam wa Lawh Center are taught according to an immersive methodology. The primary texts used are from the renowned “Al Kitaab Fi Ta’allum Al Arabiya” by Georgetown University Press and other proven sources. Each of our Arabic courses, taught in 4 week blocks, provides a minimum of 80 contact hours.
All nine levels of Modern Standard Arabic are offered continuously. Students join the course at their level and then continue studying as long as they wish.
Colloquial Moroccan Arabic
Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (CMA), also known as "darija," is the spoken dialect of Morocco. CMA is grammatically simpler and has a less voluminous vocabulary than Modern Standard Arabic. While most CMA words find their root in MSA, many CMA words are borrowed from Spanish, French, and Berber.
MA courses at Qalam wa Lawh Center are taught according to an immersive methodology. CMA courses can be taken in conjunction with MSA courses at Qalam wa Lawh, but it is important for students to approach the two courses as two separate languages, so as not to interfere with the correct understanding of either language. Each CMA Level can be completed in 4 weeks, and has a minimum of 80 contact hours.
As with MSA courses, students may choose to study CMA for any length of time (minimum two weeks), beginning a course at their level and then continuing as long as they wish.