Learn the language of the Qur’an in one academic year.
The Arabic Intensive Program is designed for students to gain an advanced level of proficiency in one academic year. At the conclusion of the program, students will have the ability to understand the Qurʾān and Sunna and to pursue further specialized study of the Islamic sciences. The Arabic Intensive can serve as a stand-alone one year program or as the first step in a deeper study of the Islamic sciences at Tayseer.
Students in the Arabic program will participate fully in Tayseer’s spiritual programming and enrichment activities and will have the opportunity to attend classes on certain core Islamic sciences.
Our approach to language instruction is rooted in both classical methods and the latest research on second language acquisition. A solid grasp of the rules of grammar and morphology is indispensable to building fluency in Arabic, but it is not enough on its own. We teach Arabic as a living language and emphasize both written and verbal communication. In the course of a full academic year, this approach enables students to have a grasp of the language that is natural and intuitive. Classroom hours are divided evenly between conversation and listening, readings in classical texts and formal instruction in the rules of grammar and morphology.
Spiritual transformation is the heart of Tayseer’s educational philosophy. Students in the Arabic Intensive program will have the opportunity to participate fully in a wide variety of activities that supplement the classroom experience, including daily dhikr, spiritual retreats, field trips and hikes, and activities in the broader Knoxville Muslim community. They will also attend a small number of classes on the Islamic sciences that run in parallel to the Arabic Intensive.