MCAS employs the latest methods in teaching foreign languages. We recognize that language is not a science thus the students and faculty build our structure around active participation and engagement. Conversation is not an option at MCAS but an integral element to the teaching and learning method. This is supplemented by texts that are both amenable and substantive to the student of Arabic.
At MCAS, we empower our students with the tools and confidence required to immerse themselves in a foreign culture. This is no easy process for a student and we recognize that. Often times, a foreign culture can seem intimidating and threatening when one lacks the knowledge or know-how of the words and the way things work. People are apt to stick to what they know and understand – their “comfort zones” which, to Western students, rarely include elements of an Arab culture.
This is why, through being so much more than just an Arabic program, the MCAS program is the most effective method of teaching and learning Arabic. We split the classroom time of our students between Modern Standard Arabic and Darija, the local dialect, on top of contemporary social and cultural lectures. But classroom time is only the beginning; we do not give our students the chance to segregate themselves from society, as students everywhere are apt to do. Rather, we assign them to local voluntary work, giving them an active situation where they can participate dynamically through giving and learning, a mutually reinforcing process and experience.
All languages course at MCAS are compatible with with the National Standards set forth by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).