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Moroccan Arabic and Culture Orientation Program in Rabat

Moroccan Arabic and Culture Program (Pre-Semester) Overview

The AMIDEAST program at Al-Akhawayn University (AUI) begins with a 1-week program, known as the Moroccan Arabic and Culture orientation in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat.  All students studying at AUI through AMIDEAST are required to participate in this program prior to the start of the AUI semester. The program consists of the following elements:

  • A 1-semester credit hour course on Moroccan Arabic and Culture, including instruction in Moroccan Arabic, lectures on various aspects of Moroccan culture, and sessions on important issues such as cultural adjustment, health, safety, and security. This course includes 15 hours of Moroccan Arabic with six hours of lecture/discussion in English on different aspects of traditional and contemporary Moroccan culture. Topics covered include the Moroccan political system, women and Islam, Amazigh culture, linguistic diversity, and Moroccan history.  The Colloquial Arabic portion of the course is structured to introduce students to the local spoken language, opening doors to communication with Moroccans. 
  • Accommodation and meals with a Moroccan host family
  • Cultural orientation
  • One excursion to key sites of historical and cultural significance in the Rabat area 

Course Description

ARAB 112: Moroccan Arabic and Culture (Arabic 112, 1 credit)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to Moroccan Arabic and Culture through classroom instruction in Moroccan Arabic (15 hours) and extended lectures/discussions (three lectures for a total of six hours) on various aspects of Moroccan culture. Students are introduced to common words, expressions, and structures used frequently in everyday speech by Moroccans. They practice them in class before they are given assignments to carry out with native speakers in real situations. Students also attend lectures focused around many facets of Moroccan culture and have time to discuss these aspects both with each other and with faculty.