The Bayyinah Dream Program is divided into several components, each concentrating on building students’ skills in complementary areas of the Arabic language. Below is a basic outline:
* Please note, the curriculum and schedule may change at the institute’s discretion.
Grammar and Morphology / Conversation (Part 1)
Students learn Arabic grammar and word morphology (Sarf). Topics covered include: basic and advanced grammar concepts, Mazeed Feeh and Mujarrad Sarf, building vocabulary and basic Arabic conversation practice. Students also begin Irab (grammatical analysis) of the Quran.
Students are taught the classical grammar text al-Ajrumiyyah although they may have covered the concepts in the Grammar and Morphology section of the program.
Each year the students are exposed a 40 Ahadith that changes each year. Students get to study and memorize the classical texts in their own language. The course is taught in English due to the very many nuances that have to be explained.
Grammar Application and Vocabulary
The focus here is the solidification and application of grammar, morphology, basic conversation and building their vocabulary. Students are introduced to reading without Tashkeel/Harakat. For three hours a day students are divided into groups led by a native Arabic-speaking teacher who guides them through reading texts in a given book and applying the grammar concepts introduced in the text.
Conversation (Part 2)
Students continue in conversation groups, the focus being to build vocabulary and confidence in Arabic conversation and interaction. Students at this point are expected to present speeches and dialogues twice a week in front of their groups.
Students learn Arabic idioms, commons phrases, expressions and poetry that expand their Arabic vocabulary and build an appreciation for the versatility and beauty of the Arabic language.
Students grammatically analyze Ayat of the Quran, as well as read grammatical analysis texts. Students are also introduced to the science of Balagha (eloquence/rhetoric) of the Quran and undergo an in-depth study of Surat ul-Kahf, including running translation, root word analysis, grammatical analysis and Balagha.
Under the guidance of a scholar, students read a selected tafsir of Surat ul-Kahf, which allows them to hone Arabic reading and research skills.
Students compose essays on varying topics and are given individualized office time with a teacher to discuss and improve their writing. The aim of this lesson is to build students’ composition skills and encourage use of vocabulary, phrases and the varying sentence structures taught in class.
Seeking College Credit?
Students needing college credits will be prepared for the ACTFL exam:
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