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Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the standardized literary Arabic understood throughout the Arab speaking world.  It is a modernized version of Classical Arabic, which is the language from which all Arab dialects get their roots.  Classical Arabic is also the language of the Qur’an as well as the language of all Arab historic and religious texts.

MSA courses at Qalam wa Lawh Center are taught according to an immersive methodology.  The primary texts used are from the renowned “Al Kitaab Fi Ta’allum Al Arabiya” by Georgetown University Press and other proven sources.  Each of our Arabic courses, taught in 4 week blocks, provides a minimum of 80 contact hours.

All nine levels of Modern Standard Arabic are offered continuously.  Students join the course at their level and then continue studying as long as they wish.

Semi-Intensive: Students taking semi-intensive courses take standard MSA core courses with 20 hours per week of in class instruction time.
Intensive: Students taking intensive courses take both a standard MSA core course and Formal spoken Arabic course concurrently for a total of 30 hours per week of classroom instruction time.

Whether students take intensive or semi-intensive courses, the time it takes to complete a full course is 4 weeks.  The time it takes to complete a full level is 12 weeks.


Program Outline

The Modern Standard Arabic program consists of three levels which are each divided into three core courses and optional three intensive courses. 

 Beginning Level - (240 hours core) 

  • Course MSA B-I   (80 hours, 4 credits) 
    • Optional add on Course MSA B-I INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  
  • Course MSA B-II  (80 hours, 4 credits)
    • Optional add on Course MSA B-II INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  
  • Course MSA B-III  (80 hours, 4 credits)
    • Optional add on Course MSA B-III INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  

Intermediate Level - (240 hours) 

  • Course MSA N-I   (80 hours, 4 credits)
    • Optional add on Course MSA N-I INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  
  • Course MSA N-II  (80 hours, 4 credits)
    • Optional add on Course MSA N-II INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  
  • Course MSA N-III  (80 hours, 4 credits)
    • Optional add on Course MSA N-III INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  

Advanced Level - (240 hours) 

  • Course MSA A-I   (80 hours, 4 credits)
    • Optional add on Course MSA A-I INT (40 hours, 1 credit)    
  • Course MSA A-II  (80 hours, 4 credits)
    • Optional add on Course MSA A-II INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  
  • Course MSA A-III  (80 hours, 4 credits)
    • Optional add on Course MSA A-III INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  

All textbooks and study materials are available for purchase or are provided on loan (with deposit).

Students must prove eligibility for their requested course by successfully passing the course’s placement test.


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