Semester 1: « Intensive language study »
Semester 1 of the long-term program, referred to as “linguistic intensification’ takes up 300 contact hours of intense Standard Arabic classes, with an average of a 25-hour weekly load spread over 16 weeks. This course earns 36 ECTS credits.
During the first semester, students are exposed to several pedagogical formats, thereby allowing them to upgrade their linguistic competencies in Standard Arabic and gradually initiating them to the lexical fields of social sciences.
LANGUAGE CLASSES (LC)
Language classes are the main teaching format in Semester 1/ Intensive language learning. These classes are taught by Arabic teachers with extensive experience of teaching standard Arabic to non-native Arabic speakers, and are primarily designed to consolidate students’ communication skills and practical language use, for the specific context of academic study.
The organization of the Language Classes is based on a range of academic exercises (discussion, document analysis, debates on topical issues, presentations, role plays and simulations, etc.) aiming at eliciting oral expression and interactive communication.
Every week, a specific topic relating to national and international current events is addressed. Topics are chosen for being linked to specific lexical fields (examples of topics: “Political institutions, Power and Law”, “Sustainable development and environment”, “Civil society and social change”, “Regional conflicts and international diplomacy”, “Economic affairs”, “Religious issues”.)
Every topic is studied through different authentic resources (newspaper articles, video footages, not modified for didactic purposes), all extracted from Arabic-speaking media.
Language Classes generally follow the same pedagogical organization: After introducing the general topic of the session, brainstorming and highlighting the initial comments of students, the teacher will then use authentic material, a reading passage or video footage related to the topic in hand. The students will be able to reflect on the material provided, before pointing out its most significant aspects, making connections with the general topic of the session, or coming up with their own reading.
Finally, starting from the different short presentations produced which are read by the different pairs in turn, the class produces a short model-text of approximately 200 words on the material under study.
TUTORIAL CLASSES (TC)
The Tutorial class is the innovative teaching method on offer at EGE Rabat. Its purpose is to significantly consolidate the students’ entry language level in Standard Arabic according to a formal approach (vs. communicative), and focusing on 5 components:
■ Acquiring a rich vocabulary deemed necessary to discuss or write about political, economic and social issues with some precision. For students enrolled in the intermediate level: more than 2500 new words acquired by the end of the intensive language study semester, thanks to diverse daily exercises based on active listening, oral and written re-use in context, etc.;
■ Improving listening and speaking skills in Standard Arabic; 13
■ Reinforcing composition and writing skills in standard Arabic, with attention to spelling and syntax;
■ Developing grammar and syntax skills (knowledge of rules and common use).
■ Practicing writing/ calligraphy in standard Arabic on a daily basis.
To reach the objectives set for formal skills in standard Arabic, the TC, as its name suggests, places students under supervision.
Starting with practice exercises, drills and systematization, target language skills and competences are gradually developed.
Several systematization activities can be used: grammar in context, visual listening memory tasks on lexical fields in social sciences, reading and analyzing relevant and topical material using a dictionary, practicing quick and efficient standard calligraphy, acquiring internet research techniques using and Arabic keyboard.
Workshops allow students to identify their areas of specialization as well as new topics of interest. Designed for intermediate and advanced students, and based on a wide range of interest areas such as Arabic literature and poetry, Moroccan cinema, international Arab media, the “Nahda” movement, Morocco under Hassan II and so on, workshops are run either by Arabic language teachers or by Arabic-speaking Social Science university lecturers, trained to teach non-native Arabic speakers.
Workshops provide the opportunity for students to find a topic of their choice, in a teaching format that allows for further study and research.
All over the semester, students do 3 hours of workshop per week on average.
Tutorials are the teaching format aimed to develop students’ ability in one-to-one interaction. They allow non-native Arabic speakers to engage in open discussion in standard Arabic in a one-to-one setup and eventually enable them to develop “spontaneous” communication skills in standard Arabic.