Sharjah: The Arabic Language Academy (ALA) in Sharjah brings together 15 students from 11 countries for the seventh edition of the Arabic language course organized by its Arabic Language Center (ALC). The course aims to introduce non-native speakers to Arabic not only academically, but also socially and culturally, advancing their knowledge of the language through reading, listening, writing and speaking.
Students enrolled in the 50-hour intensive course will take 36 lessons over a three-month period. The 15 students will take an assessment exam at the end of the course, which will determine their preparation for the next level. In this edition, ALC will teach students from India, China, Uzbekistan, USA, UK, Poland, Spain, Argentina, Russia and Pakistan.
Knowledge of Standard Arabic
CLA courses aim not only to promote the Arabic language by teaching non-native speakers, but also to foster intercultural communication. They are designed to deepen the learner’s knowledge of Standard Arabic as well as to strengthen their communication skills by focusing on reading, writing, speaking, pronunciation and listening. The center also focuses on educating its students on UAE culture and history and on strengthening their participation and involvement in the community.
Commenting on the latest edition, Dr Mohammad Safi Al Mostaghanemi, Secretary General of ALA, said: âTeaching Arabic to non-native speakers can serve to strengthen cultural ties between Arab countries and other nations. Students can serve as ambassadors of our language and culture in their home country and play a decisive role in promoting the emirate’s cultural project.
Safety and precautionary protocols
ALA Secretary General stressed that ALC’s efforts are part of ALA’s mission to preserve and promote the Arabic language, in line with the vision of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme and Sovereign Council of Sharjah.
Dr Al Mostaghanemi further noted that the seventh batch has been limited to just 15 students to comply with the safety and precautionary protocols in place in the country, adding that ALA is committed to ensuring the continuity of the learning to meet the growing demand for its Arabic language courses.