Course Schedules and Course Descriptions

Ibn Ghazi Arabic Institute offers intensive courses in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Moroccan Arabic (Darija) throughout the year. The classes are usually small and do not exceed 10 students per class. This allows students to enjoy a great deal of individual attention, which is part of who we are. The table below details the dates for our regular sessions. However, we do strive to accommodate students’ needs in terms of the start dates and the length of  the courses. Please contact us with your preferred start and end dates.  Private or individualized lessons can also be arranged.

It is important to point out that the instructors try to keep English to a minimum and students are strongly encouraged to speak Arabic inside and outside the classroom.  Students will take a placement test before the start of the program. In addition, an exit test will be offered to evaluate students’ performance towards the end of the program.

Course Schedules



Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Fall sessions October  1- October 26, 2018 November 5 – November 30, 2018 December 3-December 28, 2018-
Spring Sessions December 31 – January 25, 2019 Janvier 28 – February 22, 2019 March 4 – March 29, 2019
Summer sessions
April 1 – April 26, 2019 June 3 – June 28, 2019 July 1- July 26, 2019 (intensive)

August 5- 30, 2019 (intensive)


Course Descriptions

Beginning Modern Standard Arabic 100

This course aims at mastering the Arabic script, pronunciation of alphabets as well as introducing basic grammatical structures. This is in addition to acquiring basic vocabulary in an attempt to build the basics of the four key skills: Listening, speaking, reading and writing. This level is for students with a little or no prior experience with Arabic.

Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic 200

This course aims at expanding vocabulary and furthering the development of the four skills: Listening, speaking, reading and writing. We will focus on introducing more complex grammatical structures, reading texts from different sources, introducing short writing assignments and handling a number of interactive and social situations in order to facilitate conversations on relatively complex topics. This course is for students who have studied Arabic for 2 to 3 semesters.

Advanced Modern Standard Arabic 300

This course aims at strengthening students’ ability to read and understand complex texts, enriching and refining the acquired vocabulary, expanding their knowledge of sentence construction, and polishing their communicative skills. This is in addition to gaining a cultural knowledge about the Arab World in general and Morocco in particular.


While we tend to focus on Al Kitab as a textbook, we do use other teaching materials to offer students the opportunity to discover and use other useful textbooks.

Modern Standard Arabic

  • Alif Baa & Al-Kitaab fii Ta’allum al-‘Arabiyya, Volumes I, II and III (Georgetown University Press)
  • Arabic at your Hands Series. Media Arabic
  • Media Arabic:  A coursebook for Reading Arabic News.
  • Focus on contemporary Arabic. Shukri B. Abed.

Moroccan Arabic

  • A Basic Course in Moroccan Arabic. Richard S. Harrell with Mohammed Abu-Talib & William S. Carroll. Foreword by Margaret Nydell. Georgetown University Press.
  • Peace Corps Morocco: Moroccan Arabic


Other Courses:

Ibn Ghazi Arabic Institute does also offer courses on Islamic and Qur’anic studies such as the ones below. For the availability of such courses and request other courses, please contact us.

  • Tajweed
  • Al-Ajrumia
  • Calligraphy
  • Introduction to Tamazight language and culture.