Language Courses

The Department of Moroccan Languages and Culture (DMLC) provides quality language instruction that would help its participants and students immerse themselves in Moroccan culture and multilingual reality. The DMLC 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 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. The varied teaching methods employed by teachers as well as the CCCL’s locations within the medina facilitate as much learning outside the classroom as within it.

We believe that providing as much exposure to the language as possible is crucial to our students’ language progression. Given this, in the classroom we exclusively speak the taught language. We incorporate repetition, images, class discussions, field trips and textbooks to enrich our students’ learning without relying on their native language.

Classes & Fees

Aside from language classes in Fus’ha, Darija, French and Tamazight, students can also choose the Language for Special Purposes (LSP) program which is designed for students wishing to study specific topics such as politics, economics, or religion in one of the four languages mentioned above. In conjunction with its language courses, the DMLC hosts cultural events for all its participants free of charge such as:

  • Discussions on Moroccan Culture in Fus’ha or Darija (minimum of 8 participants)

  • Musical performances

  • Film screenings in Fus’ha and Darija available upon request (minimum of 8 participants)

The CCCL is flexible in its teaching and offers classes within its Laalou, Legza and Marassa facilities, as well as online via its new e-learning platform.

  • Group Courses: 4 to 10 participants are required for classes to be held for a minimum period of one month

  • Non-term group courses (2-5pm): 80 MAD/hour/person

  • Evening group courses (6-7.30pm): 100MAD/hour/person

  • Individual courses: One-on-one sessions with an Arabic instructor, held between 8.30am–5pm, Monday through Friday, for a minimum period of one month

  • Individual course: 150MAD/hour

  • Specialized course (depending on student’s field of interest): 200MAD/hour

  • Courses at students’ places of residence/work: available for individuals and groups in locations within 30-minute drive of the CCCL. Hours are flexible: 400MAD/hour/person

 

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 four-month training program upon joining the CCCL team. This program includes shadowing, workshops and simulations. Throughout the workshop teachers are given feedback from both staff and students directly and through anonymous evaluations. An ongoing training is offered to our teachers in different fields related to teaching and consulting throughout their career at the CCCL.

Our Publications

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. The booking fee must be received before the start of the first class.

  • Total payment (course fee, registration fees, learning material fee) must be received in Moroccan Dirhams before the start of the first class. Non-term and individual course payments are due monthly. This sum can be wired or paid in cash or check.

Reimbursement:

  • Any cancellation of courses after the first class is non-refundable.

  • Absences cannot be reimbursed nor made up for.

  • For individual courses, a delay of 15 minutes or more without previous agreement with the teacher will result in the cancellation of the class session.

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