Idlewild’s language courses are fun and practical, and were recently included in the "Best of New York 2012" issue of New York Magazine.
Our Arabic classes are taught in our beautiful store, not a stuffy classroom, by Mohamed Badr, a native of Egypt with more than 10 years’ experience, including teaching at Berlitz and founding the Arabic language programs at CUNY and Yeshiva.
Is this class for you?
This course is designed for people who have either completed our Arabic for Beginners course or have a rudimentary knowledge of Arabic reading, writing and basic conversation. Our Advanced Beginner class focuses on advanced grammar and building conversation skills. If you have doubts about whether this level is right for you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with the instructor.
This course is designed to increase students’ writing, reading, listening and understanding skills to practically use Modern Arabic Standard in real life situations.
For instance, the material covered includes language used at the airport, a restaurant, a clinic, the post office, a market and a real estate agency. Students will also learn how to socialize and converse with people, read an Arabic newspaper and talk about the weather in detail. In each section, vocabulary is built up as various linguistic structures and strategies are introduced and practiced in a clear introduction to Arabic grammar. Some aspects of the Arab culture are also discussed as partof this course.
Because Arabic is more challenging for English speakers than the Romance languages we offer, including the learning of new sounds and a new way of writing, this class will meet a little longer than our regular courses -- for 90 minutes per week.
About our courses
- This course is 10 weeks long and will meet for 90 minutes per session, for a total of 15 hours.
- Class size is limited to 14 people.
- This course will follow a coursepack with book and CDs (not included in the course price but available to students for around $20 with your student discount).
- There are no make-up classes. On the first day of class, each student will receive a syllabus that lists the weekly assignments so you can keep up with your studies if you have to miss a class.
If you wish to cancel your registration, you must contact Idlewild by telephone or email at least seven days before the start date of your class to receive a refund.
If you wish to postpone your registration to a later session, you must contact Idlewild by telephone or email at least three days before the start date of your class to receive a credit toward a future session (good for one year).
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Idlewild is an international bookstore with locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Our language classes were named "Best of New York" by New York Magazine and are taken by more than 3000 New Yorkers every year.