Home to over 16 million Egyptians, Africans, Arabs, and people of other ethnic backgrounds, Cairo bombards all the senses. Swarming with people everywhere, Cairo is crowded, noisy and chaotic but its intensity is exciting.
While outsiders may think that Cairo is in need of some restructuring and restoration, the people of Cairo are uninterested in changing their city in order to attract tourism. They are accustomed to the hustle and bustle as well as the rustic look and feel of their city. Its historic buildings, hidden away in various parts of Cairo and mostly occupied by the locals, make it challenging for the tourist to locate. Ancient Mosques, as well as medieval forts and 1,500 year old markets, are a common sight in Cairo. But the people of Cairo like their historic buildings right where they are, and will not make the areas around these buildings touristy, thus preserving the authentic taste of Cairo.
The condensed population and close quarters create a diverse combination of architecture, and modes of transportation: office buildings tower over mud-brick homes, flashy cars drive alongside donkey-drawn carts. The people of Cairo do not see anything strange about this. Updating the city is not a priority in this place that encompasses so much history. One can even see the pyramids from upper stories in most buildings throughout Cairo. There is a feeling of timelessness and the grand stories of the past, which are visible among the hustle and bustle seen throughout Cairo, gives this city its charm.
Cairo offers, both tourists and locals alike, the opportunity to indulge in a multitude of cultural activities. The famous Egyptian pyramids and the Sphinx are at your doorstep. One can learn about more than 50 centuries of Egypt’s ancient history at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. And that’s not the end of the list – there are many other excursions of historical proportion to indulge in as well.
Location: The school is located about 15 minutes by underground metro from the center of Cairo.
School Size: There are 5 classrooms. The maximum capacity of the school is 75 students.
Class size: Classes are held in one-on-one private format and begin on any Saturday of the year unless it falls on a holiday. Those who opt to take the group course will expect to be in a class size of no more than 15 students. However, the average number of students in the group classes tends to be about 6 per class.
Timing: Peak season is summer so make sure to register early if you intend to study during this time.
Minimum age: 12
Start dates: Students who wish to take private classes can begin on any Saturday of the year unless it falls on a holiday. Group classes, which will begin on Saturday and end on Tuesday, have specific start dates.
Holidays: Contact us for information about holidays.
Duration: Private classes run in weekly increments and can include 4, 5, or 6 classes per day from Saturday through Wednesday. Group classes run in 3 week increments with 4 lessons per day beginning on Saturday through Tuesday. Each lesson is 45 minutes with a total of 48 lessons within the 3 week period. A regular school week begins on Saturday and ends on Tuesday, with Wednesday through Friday being the weekend.
Books: The textbook used is The Elementary Book of Arabic For Non-Natives parts I, II and III. It is a modern book based on the audio-visual method. This means, Arabic is the only language spoken. The book pays attention especially to those difficulties which are common for non-Arabs. In addition to the book, there are 15 tapes and The Teachers Book. In class, other teaching materials will be used as well. Students must be prepared to pay 25 Euros for the textbook.
Content: Our language school in Cairo is one of the pioneer Foreign Language Centers to apply the Communicative Start-Up Method in teaching Arabic as a foreign language. The school incorporates the use of the most up to date technological methods of teaching. The focus is to practice Arabic in conversation and to analyze all its components regarding grammar, syntax, phonetics and vocabulary. Lessons include various authentic and modern texts, discussions, and role-play. Most important in the teaching/learning process is the efficient and active participation of the student.
School Features: The school consists of 2 floors: the first floor has the reception, dining room, and living room (TV, satellite, video, arabesque Salon).The second floor has 5 classrooms, 2 of the classrooms have balconies. The building is surrounded by a garden.
College Credit: Academic credit might be available at your university. Contact an advisor at your school to find out if your univeristy will grant academic credit for attending an Arabic language school in Egypt. If your advisor needs more information, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to send you detailed information about the curriculum.
Additional programs: The school organizes courses in the Egyptian colloquial dialect. It is the everyday-life dialect and it is common in mass media, cinema and the theatre. The school uses selected teaching material and modern teaching techniques. Minimum number of participants: 6 persons.
Accommodations: Accommodations begin on Friday and end on Friday. The school offers you the option of staying with a local host family (female students only), in a shared flat, or a hotel.