اللغة العربية!


Bay Area Arabic Academy's Arabic Language courses aim to provide 7th to 12th grade students with an introduction to the speaking, reading and writing of the Arabic language. Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) approved Arabic as a Foreign Language for Jr. High and High School students residing in the Fremont area. Newark Unified School District (NUSD) approved Arabic as a Foreign as a Foreign Language for Jr. High and High School students residing in the Newark area. We will work closely with your local school districts for approval and accreditation, so that you can receive credit to meet foreign language graduation and college requirements!


Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open

To register please fill the form at Registration Link


About Us

At Bay Area Arabic Academy, our mission is to promote the Arabic language, promote its cultural heritage, promote Arabic language learning opportunities to the local community, and provide quality Arabic instruction for junior high and high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Program Director: Seena Taher

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Seena Almahan is the program specialist at the Yemeni American Resource Center, a high school Arabic teacher at Bay Area Arabic Academy, and a health coach. Seena has over 15 years of experience in teaching the Arabic language across the Bay Area. She served as the Arabic program lead at Averroes high school, and taught at many other islamic schools. She is also a certified health coach who is dedicated to helping her community achieve their personal health goals. Recently, she joined the Yemeni American Resource Center as a program specialist that is responsible for designing programs, planning events, and community outreach that will expand the center’s services to the Yemeni community and its youth. Her interests include poetry, health, and above all community service.

As Program Director Seena provides guidance for both the academic content and classroom instruction set. Along with that she is instructor for Arabic 3 classroom.

Instructor: Ghosia Khan

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Ghosia Khan, has been a local resident of Fremont, CA for over 20 years. She has degrees in Zoology and Early Childhood Studies. She started teaching Arabic in 2011. Her philosophy is centered towards each individual student and their personal development with the Arabic language. She hopes to be able to augment and hone their natural learning abilities, by simply being the guiding hand they need that will help them transition from English to Arabic with ease.

Ghousia is instructor for Arabic 1 classroom.

Instructor: Souad Djilani

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Souad Djilani has been an Arabic teacher for 10 years. She was born and raised in Algeria where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology. After she moved to the U.S. in 2001, she started teaching Arabic at Fame Public Charter School. She also has taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB), Tenacious pre-school, and Hikmah School. Currently, she provides private Arabic classes to youth. Djilani loves working with kids and joined Ilm Academy in September as an Arabic teacher. In her free time, Djilani learns how to recite and memorize the Qur’an and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Souad is instructor for Arabic 2 classroom.


Courses Offered

Arabic 1

This course aims at giving the students an introduction to the speaking, reading and writing of Elementary Arabic language, as one of the most important languages of the world. This course will:

  • Help the students in understanding the intermediate level Arabic language as a progressive language of Learning and Culture throughout the civilized world
  • Enable them to read, write, understand and speak the most common and basic aspects of the Language.
  • Offer them the opportunity to develop basic working knowledge of the spoken and written Arabic.
  • Make them aware of the essential structure of basic Arabic grammar.

Arabic 2

This course aims at giving the students advanced understanding to the speaking, reading and writing conventions of Intermediate Arabic language, as one of the most important languages of the world. This course will:

  • Help the students in understanding the intermediate level Arabic language as a progressive language of Learning and Culture throughout the civilized world
  • Enable them to read, write, understand and speak the most common and basic aspects of the Language.
  • Offer them the opportunity to develop basic working knowledge of the spoken and written Arabic.
  • Make them aware of the essential structure of basic Arabic grammar.

Arabic 3

This course aims at giving the students advanced understanding to the speaking, reading and writing conventions of Intermediate Arabic language, as one of the most important languages of the world. This course will:

  • Help the students in understanding the intermediate level Arabic language as a progressive language of Learning and Culture throughout the civilized world
  • Enable them to read, write, understand and speak the most common and basic aspects of the Language.
  • Offer them the opportunity to develop basic working knowledge of the spoken and written Arabic.
  • Make them aware of the essential structure of basic Arabic grammar.

Credits

This course will be counted as a high school level foreign language class for which the student will receive high school credit once approved by their local school district. Students will not need to take another foreign language in school and can use their free period for any other class or elective of their choice.


FAQ

Yes. If your student is enrolled in Fremont Unified School District or Newark Unified School District, they will receive high school credit from their school district for taking Arabic with Bay Area Arabic Academy this year.
The course load and requirements are comparable to other language courses by your local school district. Students will receive 5 credits per semester for taking Arabic--so 10 foreign language credits per year.
The course is designed to
-Help students develop intermediate Arabic language understanding
-Enable students to read, write, speak, and understand the common aspects of the language
-Offer them an opportunity to develop working knowledge of spoken and written Arabic, and
-Make them aware of the essential structure of the Arabic grammar
The UC and CSU school student require 2 years of foreign language in high school, and 3 years are recommended.
Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open, on a first come, first serve basis!
To maintain a high standard of learning and the best classroom experience, we will be keeping a very small student teacher ratio. This is why we have very limited spots and encourage early registration in order to secure a spot. In addition to a main instructor, we will also be having one or more T.A's as needed in the classroom, along with extended office hours outside class times to make sure students are able to get their questions answered in a timely manner. For our first semester, we are capping registration so that the instructors:students ratio is 1:15.
The textbooks used will be the Famous Al-Asas textbook series, along with supplemental materials and worksheets designed by the instructors.
In the beginning of the school year, junior high and high school students in the local school districts are allowed a grace period to drop/add any classes. If your student is interested in taking Arabic, they are allowed to drop their language class (Spanish/French, etc) at their school and enroll in this instead.
The cost of the program is $500 per semester, $1000 a year. The book will cost $50. This is actually much more affordable than the costs of other similar language programs in the area.
All three levels will be offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays at the following times:
  • Tuesday: 5:30 pm - 7:00pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
We host all of our classes in-person at ILM Academy.