Gulf Dialect and MSA
The full-time Gulf Arabic Program skillfully develops the student’s spoken Gulf Arabic dialect alongside the formal, written Modern Standard Arabic. Developed over 15 years by Arabic linguists working in conjunction with native speakers, our spoken Gulf Arabic Program is one of the best in the Gulf.
Our spoken Gulf Arabic books cover 3 levels and are filled with conversations, vocabulary, grammar points, stories and proverbs, along with plenty of opportunities for students to practice out loud.
After learning to read and write the alphabet, students continue their study of Modern Standard Arabic using the acclaimed Al-Kitaab series published by Georgetown University Press.
Our two-year full-time program consists of four 18-week semesters. Classes are held four days a week (Sunday to Thursday) with 4 hours of class time each morning. Approximately 2/3 of the time will be spent studying the spoken Gulf dialect, and the other 1/3, Modern Standard Arabic.
In addition to class time, students are encouraged to actively develop their own local friendships and find opportunities to practice in the community around them.
The Two Year Programme
- Semester One
- Initial Three Weeks
- Getting Started – an oral introduction to common spoken phrases
- Hayaa Binaa I – introduction to the Arabic Script
- Remainder of the Semester
- Camel Book – GAP’s own spoken Gulf dialect Book I
- Show-and-Tell – Communicate your own experiences and stories
- Hayaa Bina II – A first introduction to MSA rules and grammar
- Initial Three Weeks
- Semester Two
- Gazelle Book – GAP’s own spoken Gulf dialect Book II
- Picture Stories – Grow in longer narrative production and creativity in Arabic
- Topical Discussions – Broaden your vocabulary and ability to communicate on a range of topics
- Sahlawayhi I – Develop MSA reading skills with this Arabic reader designed for adult learners
- Al-Kitaab I – Explore MSA grammar and construction
- Semester Three
- Falcon Book – GAP’s own spoken Gulf dialect Book III
- Topical Discussions – Continue to broaden your vocabulary and ability to communicate on a range of topics
- Sahlawayhi II – Develop MSA reading skills with this second Arabic reader.
- Al-Kitaab I & II – Continue to explore MSA grammar and construction as you complete Book I and begin Book II
- Semester Four
- Although the content of Semester Four varies depending on the aptitude and interest of the students involved, the focus is always heavily on developing fluency of expression across a broad spectrum of topics. Possible options include local Folk Stories, Debate, Arabic in News Media, Cartoons and Political Satire, Arabic Television, Family Problems, Money Issues, Role-Playing and Advanced Conversations.
Further Study Options
After completing the two-year full-time programme, many students express a wish to continue studying with our experienced teachers. For those who want to continue to develop their language through the Gulf Arabic Programme, new course materials have been developed in 2018 and are now available for students. Topics include Omani Conversations, Community Issues, Instagram Topics, Colloquial Sayings and Responses, Topical Discussions II, Cooking Demonstrations, TV Comedy, Pronunciation and Grammar Review. This program can be tailored to suit the students ability and schedule, on a part time or block course basis. Talk to us to arrange a programme that suits you.