Salam, By the Grace of Allah, I will be departing for Egypt today from the UK to pursue my Arabic learning. Here is some general advice on preparation before departing
Famous for Al-Azhar Islamic University, Egypt has a very good reputation for Islamic and Arabic studies both in the Islamic world and the West. However over the last decade an increasing number of private Arabic Institutes have also been set-up with the purpose of teaching both traditional 'fusha' and colloquial Arabic.
Bayyan Centre was established in 2004 by Mohammed Hassan, a popular private teacher with students from England. The centre is located in Swissry 10th district 'Hayy A'shir'. Majority of the lessons on offer are private, though group classes may be taught by other teachers from the centre. Private lessons have a flat fees per level, with students studying 1.5 hrs a day.
Cairo Centre is operated under the managemnet of Ustaz Ahmed a former teacher at Alim Centre. The Centre has a relaxed atmosphere and is located at the ground floor of an apartment block in Nasr City 8th district 'Madinah Nasr Hayy Thamin'. Both private and group tuition is available. Course material is varied and can be tailored to suit the individualâ€™s needs.
At Alim Centre, the foundation course has a strong emphasis on speaking and listening. Upon completing this stage the student can then focus on grammar and writing skills. The Centre's main text for Arabic is 'Kitaabul Assasee' with other specific text to complement the text book.
The Arab Academy offers online Arabic language courses. It serves individuals as well as institutions. Individuals may subscribe to the courses and have the credit hours transferred to their schools or universities. The Academy has a well designed website with lots of useful information in regards to the course structure.
Nile Centre is located in the famous Nasr City Madinah Nasr area. The standard Arabic Language program consists of 3 distinct stages with 4 levels per stage (a total of 12 leves). Standard course consists of 50 hours, 5 lectures a week with each lecture 2 hours long. The text used for teaching is specific to the Centre with further details on course structure available on their website.
Al-Diwan is a language Centre specialising in teaching Arabic as a foreign language, a favourite with students from America. Their normal program has 18 levels where the text used is 'Kitaabul Assasee' and 'Al-Muhadatha al-'Arabiyya' (Arabic Conversation). As with all private institutes they have tailor made programs to suit the student.
QIAS has been long-established to teach Arabic as a language to students who are from non-Arab speaking countries. Its framework of teaching is very similar to Fajr's though they differ in the text used for teaching.
The Centreâ€™s complete standard curriculum is composed of 11 levels, 5 weeks per level. Your level is determined by a placement examination taken prior to attending classes. Each level is made up of 75 hours of study.