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February 27, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Arabic Language Classes

Algarabía Language Co-op is offering new Arabic courses at The People’s Forum to those who are interested in learning Arabic with a focus on topics of social justice, cinema, media, and culture. Through weekly social justice themes, and using a communicative and popular education approach, participants will improve their Arabic skills, and critically engage with various cultural productions in Arabic, including films, TV series, newsreels, short stories, and songs. 

These courses are designed for folks at different levels of fluency in their productive (speaking, writing) and receptive (listening and reading) skills. Special focus will be given to learning vocabulary and community organizing terminology relevant to contemporary social movements in the U.S. and the Arab world. 

Selected participants will be contacted by our instructors on a rolling basis and until a week before classes start. Late applications will be considered if spots are made available. If you have any questions, you can write to us at algarabialanguage@gmail.com.

For more information about our language services, visit www.algarabialanguage.com and follow us on Instagram!


A1.1: True Beginner

  • This course is designed for students who have no prior experience in learning Arabic. It introduces students to the Arabic alphabet and covers the basics of reading, writing and grammar; it will focus on pronunciation, oral fluency, intro to colloquial Arabic and differences among varieties, in relation to formal Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).
  • Class meets virtually on Zoom
  • Mondays, Feb 27th – May 1st – 6:00-9:00pm EST (10 weeks; 30 hrs)
  • Cost of class $300-$400 sliding scale. This includes all course materials. 


A1.2: High Beginner

  • Reviews topics covered in Beginner Arabic course. Expands on grammar, conjugation in different tenses, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions; it will focus on basic colloquial Arabic and their varieties vis-à-vis formal Modern Standard Arabic (MSA);
  • Class meets virtually on Zoom
  • Thursdays, Mar 2nd – May 4th – 6:00-9:00pm EST (10 weeks; 30 hrs)
  • Cost of class $300-$400 sliding scale. This includes all course materials. 


A1.3: Intermediate

  • Learn conversational Arabic through music and film from the Arabic-Speaking region
  • This class requires at least a semester of Arabic-learning experience 
  • Class meets virtually on Zoom
  • Wednesdays, Mar 1st – May 3rd – 6:00pm-9:00pm EST (10 weeks; 30 hrs)
  • Cost of class $300-$400 sliding scale. This includes all course materials. 


NOTE: This program prioritizes working class, queer, BIPOC, and heritage speakers of Arabic. As part of Algarabía’s mission to make our courses accessible, we have sliding-scale rate options and payment plans available. Once you complete the application and are selected, you will be given the opportunity to apply to these discounted rates individually.



At Algarabía Language Co-op, we see language learning as a meaningful, collaborative and transformative process, reflected in our training in hands-on communicative and task-based language teaching approaches and our use of popular education in the language classroom. We seek to support the holistic development of all language learners as they become competent multilingual speakers. We devise classroom activities and use textbooks and other original didactic materials that meet our participants’ needs and that represent the linguistic and racial/ethnic diversity of the Spanish- and Arabic-speaking worlds.


  • Karim Elhaies
    Karim Elhaies is an Egyptian American multilingual graduate student of Middle Eastern Studies, History, and Cinema. He teaches Arabic language and Arab cinema classes at several New York colleges and universities. Believing that language structures social lives, he is interested in teaching Arabic language as well as Arab history (cinema, … Read More ›


February 27, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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