Arabic for Social Justice Arabic Cultural Club
Algarabía Language Co-op and The People’s Forum are offering new Arabic courses to those who are interested in 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 Arabic cultural productions, 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.

High Beginner - Arabic Cultural Club
Reviews topics covered in Arabic 1 course. Expands vocabulary and idiomatic expressions; focus is on colloquial Arabic and differences among varieties through critically engaging with various Arabic-speaking pop culture.

Tuesday, September 10th – December 17th, 2019, 6-9 pm (3hrs/week; 45 hrs.)

Conversational Intermediate - Arabic Cultural Club
Reviews topics covered in Arabic 1 & 2 courses. Covers grammar review and text editing; focus is on developing conversational skills, as well as analyzing and critically engaging with various colloquial Arabic cultural productions.

Friday, September 20th – December 20th, 2019, 6-9 pm (3hrs/week; 45 hrs.)

▪ Each session can hold up to 15 participants.
▪ Course contribution is $250-400 (Sliding-scale option available). This includes all course materials.
▪ This program prioritizes working class, racialized folks of Arab, Indigenous and African descent, and Queer & Trans folx. As part of Algarabía's mission to make our courses accessible to working class people of color, 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—and, in particular, working-class folks of color— 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.

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