If you're interested in learning Arabic from scratch or further developing your proficiency with greater structure, NaTakallam’s curriculum option may be perfect for you!
Based on the textbook 'Arabiyyat al-Naas', this curriculum differs from other Arabic language programs by integrating colloquial Arabic with Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) in a way that reflects the use of the language by native speakers.
Pioneered by Munther Younes, who is part of the Institute for Integrated Arabic, this approach is used at Cornell University, where Dr. Younes leads the Arabic department.
NaTakallam has already conducted two annual trainings in Beirut, in which our Syrian Conversation Partners (CP) have undergone a 4-day training on delivering this unique, real-life oriented teaching approach.
Professor Younes and our Lebanon-based Conversation Partners during our training in Beirut, in January 2018.
The NaTakallam team has created a highly professional language-learning experience. The course structure includes all the necessary grammar while introducing new concepts gradually, allowing students such as myself to build up a comprehensive understanding without feeling overwhelmed. The vocabulary is relevant for daily life and the inclusion of both MSA and colloquial Arabic is invaluable, allowing anyone following the curriculum to ultimately buy an Arabic newspaper to read while at the same time being able to chat to the vendor.
I have taken MSA classes before, but felt that speaking in a colloquial way was more difficult. At the same time, I like having a curriculum and a textbook to work from. Having a native speaker helping me through the book but also sharing words and phrases and explaining concepts as they naturally arose was a really fruitful way to learn Arabic.
What does it mean to be “integrated"?
Most Arabic-as-a-foreign-language programs focus on MSA for all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and add in spoken Arabic later, or not at all. This traditional system leaves many students struggling to communicate verbally, especially when they travel to the region and desire to use the language in everyday settings.
In an effort to solve this common problem and close the gap between Western classrooms and the real world, Arabiyyat al-Naas teaches students the living language as it is used by native speakers every day. The curriculum introduces spoken Levantine Arabic (the Arabic used in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine) and uses it for ordinary conversation and discussion throughout the course, while using MSA for reading, writing and formal or scripted speech.
Students will engage in 25 one-on-one online hour-long sessions with our Conversation Partners (CPs).
Expected Time Commitment: 25 hours of instruction + 25 hours of required homework
Start Date: Rolling basis
End Date: 4 months from start of first session
Cost: $750 for 25 hours of instruction at $US30/hour (Book not included)
- Non-refundable after the first 2 sessions ($75 admin cancellation fee and prorating of sessions taken)
After Completing the 25-hour Course/Next Steps:
You can continue working through the rest of the book with your instructor by buying packages of 10 one-hour sessions for $300 (only available to students who have completed the 25-hour course)