Our Philosophy of Language Learning

Our philosophy of language learning

Our goal is simple: help you to communicate with Moroccans in a way that feels natural to them so that they would feel at ease to freely communicate with you as well.
Therefore our approach to language learning is a communicative approach. This approach has two main basic principles:
1) communication is the key to language learning (you learn the language by communicating in it) and
2) the student needs to learn not only the rules of the language (grammar, structure, syntax) but also communicative habits (e.g. how to greet someone).

Our approach

This approach is evident in the way our language lessons have been set up. In the first two main modules, each lesson starts with a dialogue about everyday life situations. This will help you to start communicating with Moroccans from the moment that you start language classes. These dialogues then serve as a basis from which you learn vocabulary, expressions, grammar and, also important, culture.
Starting with the intermediate level, instead of dialogues you will mostly find stories. These stories cover topics from Moroccan culture and traditions, as well as professional and practical life. The goal is to expand your vocabulary, help you to formulate subordinate and complex sentences and communicate in Arabic with confidence.
Learning a new language and learning a new culture go hand-in-hand. We have therefore carefully chosen our topics that you'll study for your language learning so that you will at the same time get to know the Moroccan culture.

Our lesson material

The lesson material comes in the form of written documents, but also audio files. Listening frequently to these audio files is a very important aid in learning the language. We also provide flashcards in both printed and electronic form to help you memorize vocabulary.
You only need to bring pen and paper for your notes and some device (like a smartphone) to record the oral exercises and to listen to our audio files.

What we expect from you

From you, we expect that you do much more than just coming to class. As we stated in our approach: the key to language learning is communication. If you do not put into practice the things you’ve learned in class, you will not make much progress. Therefore, apart from homework (oral and written exercises, memorization), it is absolutely necessary to spend time talking with Moroccans. You will discover that most Moroccans are very sympathetic to someone who wants to learn their language and will gladly listen to you and help you improve your language skills.

Our opinion on learning the Arabic alphabet

Since Moroccan Arabic is essentially a spoken language, the emphasis is on speaking. However, we believe that learning the Arabic alphabet is very helpful. It may seem to slow you down a little bit in the beginning (even though at the first level we also use phonetics), but it will definitely be a big help to you. Phonetics is only a limited aid that cannot do the job as well as the Arabic alphabet.
Knowing the Arabic alphabet will help pronunciation; it will help you to more easily see the links between words that are based on the same root; it will help you to read and understand written texts, even if they are in Modern Standard Arabic. In fact, knowing the Arabic alphabet will open up many other resources that would otherwise remain inaccessible to you.
And if you live in an Arab country, don’t you want to be able to decipher the Arabic words that are displayed everywhere?