Language Courses

The Department of Moroccan Languages and Culture (DMLC) provides quality language instruction that immerses its students in Morocco’s culture and multilingual reality. The language department provides and coordinates all language courses in Modern Standard Arabic (Fus’ha), Moroccan Arabic (Darija), French and Tamazight, as part of study abroad programs or as classes requested by individuals or groups interested in language through cultural learning. Classes are available for students of all levels, and range from one-on-one instruction to a maximum of 10 students per class.  Student levels are determined through free oral and written placement tests.

Our Philosophy

Cross-cultural learning is the most important feature of our organization. Our students not only learn a language when they study with us, but they also learn about the cultures in which the languages are used and the history of these languages. Teachers use varied teaching methods and make full use of the CCCL’s locations within the medina to facilitate as much learning outside the classroom as within it.


We believe that providing as much exposure to the target language as possible is crucial to our students’ language progression. Given this, in the classroom we exclusively speak the target language. We incorporate many inside and outside activities to enrich the curriculum.

Classes & Fees

Class schedule and prices: Academic year 2020/2021


Our Teachers

Our teachers have degrees in a variety of disciplines. These include (but are certainly not limited to) Arabic, Linguistics, Literature, Law, English, Philosophy. Additionally, two of our senior instructors were awarded American Council for Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) certifications.


Regardless of career and education history, all teachers must complete a rigorous three-month training program upon joining the CCCL team. An ongoing training is offered to our teachers in different fields related to teaching languages to non native speakers. They also attend national and international conferences for the exchange of expertise in the learning and teaching foreign languages to non native speakers.

All of our teachers continually produce their own pedagogical materials tailored towards students’ needs to ensure that teaching methods remain modern, interactive and exciting.


Assia Benabdelkader

Assia is a teacher of Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan dialect. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and specializes in Philosophy. She is an expert in teaching Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Moroccan dialect to non-native speakers and teaches all levels from beginner to advanced with equal competence. She has extensive experience in training perspective teachers looking to teach Arabic to non-natives.

Assia is also an active member of the Thaqafat Association as well as the 

Coordinator of the Virtual Book Club at the CCCL


Tammam Laachiri

Tammam comes from the city of Tangier and he holds a BA in Arabic Language & Literature from Mohammed V University in Rabat. He began working at the CCCL in 2005 as a trainee in the teaching of Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Dialect. In 2006 he began work as an instructor of Arabic and Darija in the CCCL. Tammam teaches all levels of students and has participated in many training courses for teaching Arabic to non-native speakers. In 2013 he obtained his ACTFL Certificate to professionally assess student’s oral proficiency.


Fatiha Takaajaout

Fatiha has a teacher of Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Dialect at all levels since 2008. She studied Arabic literature at Mohammed V University. She is a certified instructor from the American Canadian Center for Human Development and holds degrees in teaching and special education from the Regional Academy of Education and Training at Rabat-Salé-Kénitra. Fatiha is also working on preparing materials to train Moroccan students in the fields of: Intercultural communication, human rights, and teaching Arabic to non-native speakers within the CCCL

Ahlam Baoui

Ahlam has served at the CCCL as a teacher of Arabic and Darija since 2007. She has a degree in Arabic language and literature. She also works as a trainer for teachers who teach the language to non-native speakers, as well as a trainer in religious diversity and peace building. She also instructed a group of educators in the field of human rights and teaching Arabic as a second language. Ahlam cares about the environment and children’s rights. She loves to read and write, as well as produce content for short films. 


Jamila Blouh

Jamila holds a license in Islamic Education and spent who years as an Islamic Studies researcher at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She also has thirty five years of experience teaching all levels of Arabic, both Modern Standard Arabic and Darija, including three years of teaching Arabic in Japan. Jamila joined the Center for Cross-Cultural Learning in November 2013 as an Arabic and Darija instructor.
She also Enjoys embroidery, cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with good friends


Ilham Haffoudi

Ilham has a masters degree in applied linguistics from Moulay Ismail University. She has been an instructor of Arabic and Darija at the CCCL since 2015. Ilham is interested in education and languages and she loves reading and traveling

Our Students

Due to its expert teachers and dynamic environment, the CCCL attracts highly motivated students as well as lifelong learners every year. Our students are open minded and seek to immerse themselves in the Moroccan culture and languages through both online and in-person language classes.

Our Resources

The DMLC has developed a variety of academic tools to facilitate language acquisition. The materials used in each class vary according to the level. Besides written materials, CCCL uses audio, video and online material. The CCCL also has a library that contains dictionaries and other resources available for the students learning languages at the Center.

•          Labass: A textbook of Moroccan Arabic colloquial (Darija) designed for beginning learners. It includes 5 chapters of 19 courses teaching reading and writing Arabic script, dialogues, exercises related to grammar, vocabulary and useful situations. Labass also contains a bilingual lexical (English/French) annex and verb tenses.

•          Fus’ha Al-Markaz: A textbook in Standard Arabic containing 20 courses intended to strengthen the learner’s abilities in oral expressions, reading, vocabulary, and grammar. Fus’ha Al Markaz also includes reading texts dealing with geography and Arab world culture.

•          1000+ verbs in Moroccan Darija: An app on USB stick of a collection of the most frequently used verbs in daily life using different tenses. These verbs are presented according to the verb patterns. The objective is to acquaint the students with the use of tenses, including irregular verbs, to enrich the students’ vocabulary. The 1000+ verbs in Moroccan Darija text is translated into both English and French.

•          Useful Expressions in Darija: A handbook of a selection of useful expressions specially designed for self-learning. The expressions chosen are among the most needed for various situations, such as emergency cases, restaurants, village stays, post offices, or railway and bus stations. Useful Expressions in Darija contains translations for both English and French.

•          Games: the CCCL Arabic department has developed games as a means for a participative learning approach in the form of crosswords, board games and role playing. 


Registration and Payment

•                 Register for classes via email, fax, mail or in person. Registration forms are available at the CCCL reception, or at the end of this page.

     Booking fee (registration and pedagogical material fee): 400MAD. Registration fee is valid for one year and pedagogical material fee is valid for 3 months. 

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