Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the benefits of learning a 2nd language?

Knowing another language enriches your personal life, expands the range of professional opportunities open to you, and increases your power to function as a citizen in a multilingual world.

2. Why study Arabic?

Arabic is considered one of the most eloquent languages because of the in depth and vast meanings that it provides to individuals. Arabic is the official language of 25 countries. It is the 3rd primary language of the United Nations after English and French. Arabic is up by 126.5% since 2002 and hits #10 on the on the list of the most studied languages. The number of institutions of higher learning has nearly doubled from 264 to 466 Arabic programs.

3. Are there any career opportunities for Arabic?

After attaining certain levels of proficiency, students may pursue careers in religious studies, Middle Eastern studies, journalism, international business, computer programming and technology, international affairs, translations services, education services, social and human services, and medical and healthcare services.

4. What is Fushaa Arabic?

Fushaa Arabic is formal Arabic that is composed of both Classical Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic.

Classical Arabic focuses on interpretive skills so that students are proficient in grammar and reading comprehension. Classical Arabic consists of Arabic literature, poetry, Quranic studies, and Hadeeth (narrations of the Prophet Muhammad).

Modern Standard Arabic focuses on interpersonal communication skills so that students are proficient in conversation, listening, and writing compositions. Modern Standard Arabic consists of media, communications, and publications.

1. What type of Arabic is taught at the Arabic Language Institute (A.L.I.)?

A.L.I. combines both the interpretive skills of Classical Arabic with the interpersonal communication skills of Modern Standard Arabic so that students are proficient in conversation, listening, reading comprehension, writing composition, and grammar.

2. Does the Arabic Language Institute (A.L.I.) teach Quranic Arabic?

The Quran was revealed in the Arabic language. Arabic is one of the Islamic Sciences and it is a prerequisite for learning the Quran. Therefore, students that study at A.L.I. will be able to read the Quran and gain a basic understanding of it.

3. How long will it take to learn Arabic?

All students are capable of learning and mastering another language. However, students must recognize that learning and progressing in the study of a foreign language requires dedication and determination. Languages are not learned all at once: speaking, reading, listening, and writing will improve at different rates and will depend on what tasks you are learning to accomplish.

4. How long are the Arabic courses?

Each student will have the opportunity to study once a week. Each course will be 2 hours per class and 16 weeks per course depending on the course of study.

5. How is a student’s level determined?

All students are required to take a placement examination. The placement examination is designed to test a student’s ability to read, write, and comprehend Arabic. Based on the results from the placement examination the instructional staff will determine the appropriate level or course of study for each student.

Students are also required to take a final examination upon completion of each level or course of study in order to advance in their Arabic studies. Students must score at least 70% of the final examination in order to move to the next level or course of study.

1. Are the classrooms co-ed?

Some classrooms are co-ed arranged according to Islamic regulations. However, there are Arabic courses that are not co-ed allowing each gender to study more comfortably. Also, tutorial services are provided for students who prefer 1-on-1 attention or studying is smaller groups.

1. What is included in student tuition?

Student tuition only includes Arabic instruction. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books and materials which will be made available by the Arabic Language Institute.

2. Will tutoring be provided to students?

The tutorial service that is provided from the Arabic Language Institute is a paid service for 1-on-1 instruction or small group settings. Students are encouraged to establish study groups; however, there are discounts available for currently enrolled students for tutorial services.

3. Are there any discounts for families?

Arabic Language Institute provides several discount programs for current and potential students.

• Family Discount: the family discount for families consisting of 2 or more members is 10% starting with the 2nd member of the family.
• 3 Level Special: the discount for any student that pays for 3 consecutive levels of Arabic studies is 15% no matter which course of study is chosen.
• Student Referral Program (Word of Mouth): a $20 discount will be given for every new student that enrolls from a current student’s referral.

1. Does the Arabic Language Institute (A.L.I.) provide financial assistance or scholarships?

A.L.I. does have a Student Sponsorship Program established to provide the necessary financial support to low-income students in elementary school, middle school, high school, or any higher learning institution.

2. Is the Arabic Language Institute (A.L.I.) accredited?

Currently, A.L.I. is not accredited. However, our curriculums are based on the standards and guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Therefore, students that attend A.L.I. will qualify to take the Arabic Language Proficiency Test at any official testing site until accreditation is obtained.

3. Is there any onsite parking at the Arabic Language Institute (A.L.I.)?

Unfortunately, A.L.I. does not have onsite parking. Students are responsible for their own parking. Students have the option of either parking in a parking lot or meter parking. Meter parking extends Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.