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Texas ISD School Guide
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Non-English language schools

Arabic - Marrakech, Morocco

Spend some time in Marrakech and take part in a language course and cultural significant activities. Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, and musicians. By night, the square turns into food stalls, becoming a huge open-air restaurant with busy life.

Marrakech is known as the "Red City" or "Al Hamra," and has a population of around 1 million. It is located in southwestern Morocco, near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Marrakech is the most dynamic and culturally intense city in Morocco and must not be missed. With an exciting mix of a modern urban city and an old town where palaces and monuments of antiquity exists comfortably amongst snake charmers and gnaoua drums beating in Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech is the core of Morocco.

You will take part in a course that will give you the opportunity to learn the Arabic language, visit museums and historical sites. This program enables you to get a real inside view on the Moroccan culture.

Participants will receive cultural exposure each week by guided tours and interaction with people of Morocco. The majority of the time is requested to be spent in culturally significant activities. Examples: museums, historical sites, unique topographical features impacting the culture, significant social, ethnic and /or religious focal points.


Students can choose between Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) or Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (CMA). The program caters to all language levels. The standard program is three hours a day/15 hours per week. For more intensive courses, please contact us. All of the instructors are university degreed in the teaching of MSA and CMA Arabic.

The core curriculum of MSA is divided into nine levels. The first six levels' primary components are an intensive study of basic Arabic language grammatical structures, mastery of Arabic script and pronunciation. Throughout this program emphasis is placed on developing the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing), with added emphasis placed on communication through conversation classes. The later three levels of the program introduce students to more advanced aspects of Arabic, like translation, complex grammar structure, reading analysis, in addition to discussion and presentation courses that help students develop and refine their communicative proficiency.

This Arabic language course introduces the students to Moroccan Colloquial Arabic through activities emphasizing the functional aspect of the dialect. This course covers the basic grammatical structure of the dialect and aims to expand students' vocabulary and develop their oral skills through interaction with native speakers, film discussions, and other interactive activities. This Arabic course can be more immersed in the rich Moroccan culture through proverb studies.

Lessons are usually held 9:00 am-noon, 15 Hours per week, Monday to Friday. Length of the program is 2 weeks and longer. Class size is maximum 10 students.

This immersion program will be focused on local culture. Arabic language instruction will need to emphasize conversational phrases rather than grammar or verb conjugation.

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