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February 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - May 31, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

Conversational Arabic Film Club for Heritage Speakers • SPRING 2021



Arabic Language and Film Club – Spring 2021 

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, and short stories. 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 

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Conversational Arabic Film Club for Heritage Speakers: Sundays, February 21st – May 30th- 12:00-2:00pm EST (15 weeks; 30 hrs) 

  • Through weekly discussions of films, op-eds, excerpts from novels and short stories, this course covers grammar review and vocabulary building; while focusing on developing conversational skills, as well as analyzing and critically engaging with various colloquial Arabic cultural productions. This course is open for Heritage speakers only; those who grew up speaking Arabic but were denied access to formally learning it (Arab-Americans and/or Arab immigrants)
  • Class meets virtually on Zoom
  • Suggested Donation $150-$200 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 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
May 31, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
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