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.
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.
Class schedule: Academic year 2022
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.
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.
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): 450MAD. Registration fee is valid for one year and pedagogical material fee is valid for 3 months.