The DMLC has developed a variety of academic tools to facilitate language acquisition. The materials used in each class vary according to level. For Fus’ha, the department uses different textbooks edited both in Morocco and internationally, as well as Fush’a al-Markaz (a series of lessons prepared and adapted by CCCL instructors, revised and edited in 2007). Besides written materials, CCCL uses audio, video and online material. For Darija (Colloquial Moroccan Arabic), the CCCL language department has published the textbook Labass designed for beginning to lower intermediate levels. Several other materials for teaching Darija are currently being developed by CCCL instructors for the intermediate and advanced level. The CCCL also has a library that contains dictionaries and other resources available for the students learning languages at the Center.
Learning Materials Developed by the CCCL
Labass: A textbook of Moroccan Arabic colloquial (darija) edited by the CCCL in 1995. Designed for beginning learners, it includes 5 units and 19 courses teaching reading and writing Arabic script, dialogues, exercises related to grammar, vocabulary and useful situations. Labass contains also a bilingual lexical (English/French) annex and verbs in tenses.
- Fus’ha Al-Markaz: A handbook in the final phase of preparation. It contains 20 courses intended to strengthen the learner’s abilities in oral expressions, reading, vocabulary, and grammar. Fus’ha Al Markaz includes also reading texts dealing with geography and Arab world culture.
Examples of courses:
-500 verbs in Moroccan Darija: A collection of the most frequently used verbs in daily life written in different tenses by the CCCL Arabic teachers. These verbs are presented according to the verb patterns. The objective is to acquaint the students with the use of tenses, including irregular verbs, to enrich the students’ vocabulary. The 500 verbs in Moroccan Darija text is translated into both English and French.
- Useful expressions in Darija: A selection of useful expressions specially designed for short-term programs and for self learning. The expressions chosen are among the most needed for various situations, such as in case of emergency, restaurants, village stays, post offices, or railway and bus stations. Useful Expressions in Darija contains translations for both English and French.
- Situations in Darija for short programs: selects 15 situations from daily life in Morocco to assist learners in interacting with the Moroccan culture in both the private space and the public sphere. These situations contain dialogues using common functional vocabulary, such as bargaining and asking for directions.
- Games: the CCCL Arabic department has developed games as a means for a participative learning approach. Students take part in the game as a learning process by playing roles, completing crosswords, etc.
- Internet, Facebook and word-processing in Arabic: Using an Arabic keyboard or accessing Internet is part of the learning program of the Arabic department. The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the use of the Arabic language and scripts in the computer and information technologies.
- Al Fus’ha in public space is intended to sharpen the student’s sense of observation. Students learn from written Arabic in the public space, such as advertisements, billboards, street signs, and public announcements.
Outside Learning Materials
- Al-Kitaab fii Ta’allum al-‘Arabiyya series- published by Georgetown University Press, used to teach Modern Standard Arabic (Fus’ha) to all levels, from beginners to advanced learners. This book is used only when requested by institutions sending students to the CCCL to study abroad.