What is Modern Standard Arabic?
Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is a standardized formal Arabic used in literature, media and religious settings throughout the Arab world. It is based on Classical Arabic used in the Quran, and modernized to fit the linguistic needs of the modern world.
Modern Standard Arabic is the official language of more than 25 countries, as well as the United Nations and the Arab League. It is understood and used across the Middle East, as well as being the language that all other regional Arabic dialects are derived from.
Arabeya Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) program is designed to give students practical and comprehensive understanding of the grammar and vocabulary needed to communicate across the Arab world.
Why learn Modern Standard Arabic?
With its mathematically precise grammar and extensively rich vocabulary, Modern Standard Arabic is often called one of the most fascinating languages in the world. It is a challenge for any polyglot, a rewarding experience for students with religious intent, and a necessity for diplomats and journalists looking to work in the Middle East.
A grasp of Modern Standard Arabic can help you work in translation, diplomacy, media, business, academia, religious studies and a variety of other fields, in any country in the Middle East.
Modern Standard Arabic is widely understood across the Arab world, despite the majority of people speaking a local Arabic dialect at home. It is considered the "lengua franca" of the Arab world and learners of this language will gain access to a huge wealth of literature, knowledge and first-hand sources.
What is the MSA program at Arabeya like?
The Modern Standard Arabic courses at Arabeya start from an absolute beginner level up to highly advanced. We follow the Common European Framework of Reference (CERF) for measuring fluency and focus on all four linguistic skills- reading, writing, listening & speaking.
In our A1 and A2 beginner Modern Standard Arabic courses, we work with students with little to no exposure to Arabic, and teach them to read and write the Arabic alphabet, begin forming sentences and questions, express standard basic language such as greetings, introductions, personal information; and conjugate past, present and future verbs.
In our B1 and B2 intermediate Modern Standard Arabic courses, we work with students on structures such as comparative and superlative adjectives, active and past participles, the conditional and more complicated past tenses. Students in intermediate levels will learn how to express personal opinions, narrate stories in the past, talk about their feelings and complaints, and understand more detailed texts on culture, society, and the media.
In our C1 and C2 advanced Modern Standard Arabic courses, students gain a grasp on all remaining aspects of Arabic grammar, including transitive and intransitive verbs, and can write on various topics in significant detail. Students at this level will be working primarily from authentic materials such as Arabic media texts, documentaries and news segments, to gain advanced fluency on advanced relevant and complicated topics.
What materials do you use in your Modern Standard Arabic courses?
For our Modern Standard Arabic classes, we use the Al-Kitaab series, the At-Takullum series and real Arabic texts and videos from different sources that match their level.
We strive to give students exposure to texts relevant to their language needs and goals, and to walk them through all the grammar and structure that they need to progress to the next level.