The Arabic language is a fundamental aspect of Islamic Studies. It is the key with which classical Islamic texts are accessed, the most important of which- the Quran. Studying Arabic allows for a student of knowledge to have direct access to these texts, without the depending upon a translation. Arabic over the course of history has been adapted to modern changes, resulting in what is known as a ‘classical Arabic’ and a ‘modern-standard Arabic’. At Madina, we incorporate classical Arabic studies with a modern understanding so that student have a comprehensive understanding of the language. This reflects in a stronger ability to access a wide range of Arabic texts.
Our curriculum is crafted to suit an accelerated pace of study with an effective implementation of comprehension and usage through teaching grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure and more. Students at Madina Institute will gain practical skills such as reading, writing and speaking through a variety of classroom activities. We believe that language must be experienced in a variety of ways, in order to be absorbed effectively.
This model is a unique method of teaching that integrates the Arabic textbooks of the Lisan Al Um series to meet the national standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Even though this course is designed to be a part of the 1-year Islamic Studies Degree Program, students may opt to study Arabic as a full-time 1-year individual track and earn a completion certificate for the Arabic program. To know more about our Arabic programs, please visit our Arabic Programs page.