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Arabic Program at the TIES Center

Open the door to a brand new world. Whether you want to learn Arabic for business, basic communication, or simply as a hobby, the TIES Center is an ideal choice. We are glad to offer Modern Standard Arabic Courses, Kuwaiti Dialect, and Arabic Calligraphy courses as well as an Arabic Club and other social events to reinforce learning.

Overview:

Modern Standard Arabic, or Fous-ha, is the literary standard across the Arab World and one of the official six languages of the United Nations. It is used in books, newspapers, media and academic conversation.Our current Program incorporates a communicative and interactive approach to empower you to develop your listening and speaking as well as reading and writing skills.

Curriculum:

The Arabic curriculum is designed to enable students to communicate in daily life situations, understand Arabic media, and Islamic and Arab heritage, write personal and formal correspondences as well as public speaking and improvisation in Arabic as students progress beyond B2 to more advanced levels. The Curriculum offers sequential lessons unified across all levels and follows the Common European framework of Reference for Learning and Teaching Languages (CEFR) which facilitates the mutual recognition of qualifications gained at the TIES Center and other learning contexts worldwide, since it provides a common basis for the description of objectives, content and methods.

Course Materials:

Materials include a colored Student Book that includes the units and lessons and accompanying Student Workbook for a variety of exercises for each part and skill taught in the Student Book as well as audio CD.
A1 (Level 1 and 2): 10 KD

A2 (Levels 3 through 10) – 10KD

Beginners Arabic – Equivalent to A1 Level 1 and Level 2 Hours: 40 Book Price: 10KD Levels one and two aim at helping you learn to pronounce the sounds of Arabic and write its letters and to begin speaking Arabic. Please see details below. Level 1 – 20 Hours In the first week, you are introduced visually and through repetitive listening exercises to the 57 main vocabulary words that will be used throughout the book. These include vocabulary related to family, and jobs, food, surrounding office and classroom objects, clothes and household objects, nature, personal belongings and animals. You then move on learning the Arabic sound system and script. For a good mastery of the script, you are expected to complete the assigned exercises such as connections, dictation, reading and pronunciation. Simultaneously you will learn basic greetings and simple everyday dialogues to start communicating from the first week! Level 2 – 20hours. You continue to learn and revise the Arabic script and sound system to recognize and produce Arabic sounds and words accurately, before moving on to further learning essential vocabulary and sentence structures. These include understanding and using some interrogative particles , simple pronouns, adjectives, using the connector “and” , days of the week, months, seasons, colors and numbers from 1 -100. By the end of the course you are expected to be able to ask and answer questions about personal details such as what’s your name. Where are you from? People you know, and things you have. Elementary Arabic – Equivalent to A2. Total Hours: 144 Levels 3 – 10 Cost of Materials: 10KD Note: The same book is used for level 3 through 10. One unit is covered in each level. The book aims at helping you learn and understand and use sentences and frequently used expressions related to topics of immediate relevance, as well as communicate and write about familiar topics such as personal and family information, shopping, studying, educational background and plans, employment, local geography, travelling and travel plans, describing your daily routine, experiences, holiday etc. The book also includes a glossary of verbs and their conjugation as well as singular and plural forms of nouns organized by unit in the book. Below are the main functions and grammar included in each unit. Level 3 – 18 Hours In this unit, you start by reviewing frequent classroom and book instructions and words in Arabic, review numbers 1 -100, lunar and solar months, days of the week. You then expand your vocabulary related to introducing yourself and others and greetings. You will listen to and imitate different dialogues related to greetings and making acquaintances, and will practice to ask and answer questions related to employment, and other personal information; where you live, age, nationality, phone number, and email. Grammar included in this Unit, include singular pronouns and suffixes to indicate nationality and possession, masculine and feminine pronouns and adjectives, interrogative particles, how, where, what. You will also practice handwriting in the Naskh style. Level 4 – 18 Hours Family is the main topic of this unit. In the first part you learn the vocabulary needed to understand and speak about family members and conditions (what they do, where they live, how old, etc), relationships to you and family tree, and of course asking your friends about and answering their questions related to family. In the second part of this unit, you learn vocabulary related to special family occasions (Engagement Party!), and read and practice a dialogue around it; congratulations, the role of each member in the occasion, etc. You start practicing your writing skills by writing about Nader’s family tree using the vocabulary and expressions and grammar learnt. Grammar included in this unit:  Dual and plural pronouns  Demonstrative pronouns  Interrogative particles  Present simple tense with dual and plural pronouns  Singular, dual and plural nouns. Level 5: 18 Hours Talk and discuss your educational background, future plans, schedule, and write a complete paragraph on the topic, as well as asking and answering questions on the topic. Studying. Learn frequent vocabulary used in the classroom, then listen and understand a dialogue between the teacher and his students, and answer questions. You then use the vocabulary to speak and ask and answer questions about the class and its environment with your classmates. In the second part of the course you learn vocabulary related to education, studies and plans and then listen to and practice the vocabulary in context. Reading text and comprehension exercises related to the topic is covered before also practicing writing about your education background and plans by answering given questions then connecting all answers to form a paragraph. Grammar included in this unit:  The imperative form  The Negative form  Negation with ليس “is not”  Ordinal numbers 1 – 12 Level 6: Food – 18 hours Topics: Enjoy your meal, what would you like to order? Functions: Understand and talk about food and beverages, meals, preferences, express like, dislike, Understand and discuss customs related to food and beverages in different Arab countries through role play, role play to order and eat out at a restaurant, and read menus. Grammar: The nominal Sentence The present Simple Tense- Negative Form With "لا" The Genitive Case Types of Plural Level 7: Time and Prices- 18 hours Learn different expressions related to time, appointments, at the aviation office and the airport. Ask about the time, arrivals, departures, make and confirm reservations. In the second part you learn vocabulary related to different currencies in Arabic, exchanging currencies at the exchange office, reading and understanding newspaper information related to currency prices and prayer and sunrise/sunset times etc. Grammar: Telling the time with “past”, “to” Prepositions Prepositions with interrogative particles/question words. Cardinal Numbers Level 8 – Holidays – 18 hours Speak about your travel and holiday plans as well as share and discuss previous experiences, including where and when you spent your vacation, where did you stay, what places you visited, the weather, your impressions on the people and places. Grammar included in this unit: Pronouns in Simple Past Tense. The simple past tense- negative form The past form of to be “was” الفعل كان Prepositions of Time and Place ظرفا المكان والزمان Level 9: Your Daily life and Routine – 18 hours Describe your day, talk about your hobbies, what you do in your free time. Grammar includes: The Verbal sentence. Verb Tenses: Past – Present – Imperative Subject and Predicate Negation with "ما" and “لم” Level 10: Weather and Clothes – 18 hours Talk about weather conditions, understand weather forecasts, seasons. Talk about different clothes items, and packing and using suitable items for the weather. Grammar includes: Adjectives Negation of future tense Conjunctions Yes/No questions

Learn the basic phrases you need to communicate with your local friends, family, students or colleagues with a native Kuwaiti national. The Kuwaiti Dialect is also widely understood throughout the Gulf region. In this special course students will also learn about the Kuwaiti culture and traditions.

For those who wish to explore the significance and techniques of one of the most important forms of Artistic expression in the Islamic World. After being introduced to the different Calligraphy styles and fonts, dynamics of the pen, and using your writing implements, you will learn and practice to script each letter in through the exploration of the underlying proportions of Arabic letter forms. You then move to complete word and sentence scripting.

A great opportunity for Arabic Learners to interact with native speakers. In these meetings we will read and discuss books, practice drills, play language games, try food and watch short Arabic movie clips.

Dear Arabic students, learning a language is a lot like learning a new sport, the idea is to have fun while building skills, both require lots of repetition and exercises that build your mental and physical strength. We hope the following principles will help you succeed and enjoy your learning experience:  Read the vocabulary المفردات and text always before class: Do your best to read and listen to the text and guess the meaning of vocabulary المفردات before the session. This will better enable you to use your new words more during class, and retain them.  Prepare for your Grammar Lesson before Class  Make your own dictionary of Vocabulary and Expressions: For each lesson create your own list of new vocabulary and expressions as well as sentence structures related to the topic. This will be an invaluable resource for you later and will help you use these lists to add more complex expressions.  Do not feel shy to ask your Arab friends or colleagues as to how words are pronounced and what they mean. Talk to them in Arabic as much as you can. Involve as many Arabic speakers as possible in your learning process.  Make time for homework: Practicing at home is vital for retaining the knowledge you learnt. We cannot guarantee learning without practice at home.  Learn to use an Arabic- English dictionary.  Utilize online resources: Some useful websites which provide verb conjugation, as well as many videos, reading texts based on your level include: o Aswaat Arabiyya: https://www.laits.utexas.edu/aswaat/index.php o Learning Arabic Jazeera: http://learning.aljazeera.net/en o Conjugate Verbs at Qutrub: https://qutrub.arabeyes.org/  Persevere! It will all seem worth it when you have a conversation with a local or your request is understood! Of course, there will be aspects of the language that you find easier than others but do not be put off by any difficulties that you encounter.  Hours of Work at Home