Our Program

The Arabic program at SQCC incorporates the most current trends in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL), while placing emphasis on using the language holistically in a culturally appropriate context.

Our program offers evening classes during the academic year and an immersion program during the summer.


Language Program Session Dates for Evening Courses 2017/18

Evening Class Times

6:00pm-8:00 pm or 8:00-10 pm
Classes are on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursdays

Fall Session I 2017
Monday, August 21st–Thursday, October 12th

Fall Session II 2017
Monday, October 23rd –Thursday, December 14th

Spring Session I 2018
Monday, January 15th –Thursday, March 9th

Spring Session II 2018
Monday, March 19th–Thursday, May 17th

Sabla Summer Arabic Language Immersion Dates 2017
Monday, July 10th – Thursday, August 10th

Sabla Summer Arabic Language Immersion Dates 2018
Monday, July 9th –Thursday, August 9th
Specific goals of SQCC’s Arabic Language program include:
  • To develop the student’s ability to understand, speak, read, and write in Arabic in accordance with ACTFL guidelines.
  • To acquaint the student with Arab culture and civilization including art, music, history, and literature.
  • To cultivate awareness and appreciation for one’s own language and culture through contrast and comparison.
  • To promote an interest in the acquisition of the Arabic language and its usefulness in enhancing career opportunities.

Our program is a cohort program. This means that applicants are admitted only 
in the Fall I session to join the academic year’s cohort. However, depending on availability of seats and individual needs, additional students may be admitted to the program in Fall II, Spring I or Spring II sessions.

To ensure satisfactory progress through the program, we require that students obtain a minimum grade of a B and have a strong attendance record in order to continue to the next level. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate of Completion.

The most effective way to measure language proficiency is to use a well-defined and broadly accepted proficiency scale. Our Arabic program standards are based on ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012, developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. These guidelines are organized into five levels: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior, and Distinguished. The levels of Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced are subdivided into Low, Mid, and High sublevels. 

Methodologies and Pedagogics

We apply a variety of teaching methods and styles in our courses. All teaching approaches rely heavily on communication and on using culture as a context for that communication. At the lower levels, students are exposed to concrete examples of cultural usage, and these contexts become more complex as students progress through the program. All levels of instruction offer a keen focus on culture, the arts, and history.

In our specialized Arabic courses, we expect students to practice the integration of these four language skills (speaking, writing, listening comprehension, and reading comprehension). They are expected to study, research, and analyze abstract problems, and to think critically in Arabic. At the same time, students need to communicate and manipulate a variety of linguistic structures and learn abstract concepts related to Arab culture.

Guided by a proficiency-based assessment, instructors evaluate students based on their ability to use the language. Students’ language progress assessments include listening and reading-comprehension homework, oral exams, research papers and presentations.

Distinctive Features of Our Arabic Program: Assets

  • Highly dedicated and caring Arabic language Instructors A new classroom facility to meet the needs of 21st century language learners.
  • ACTFL standards-based curriculum
  • Small class sizes
  • echnologically equipped classrooms
  • Blended learning methodology and web-enhanced instruction
  • Communicative language teaching (CLT)

Our Evening Courses

All courses run for 8 weeks and provide 32 in-class contact hours. The following is a general guide to the courses available in SQCC’s Arabic Language Program.

Our program offers:

A) General Arabic Courses
B) Specialized Arabic Courses

Course Descriptions

Evening Courses

Sabla: Summer Arabic Language Immersion
The Sabla Program is an intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. For four weeks each summer, students from across the U.S. can study Arabic at SQCC on scholarship. We offer classes at the following levels:

  • Advanced Beginning level
  • Low Intermediate level
  • High Intermediate level
  • Advanced level

The word Sabla in Omani Arabic dialect refers to a place in each community where people gather and receive hospitality. Sabla also serves as a meeting place to discuss important public issues.

The Sabla program aspires to be a hub bringing together students from across the U.S. for a dynamic linguistic and cultural exchange. The program hopes to enable students to be active learners and to form a community to cultivate a lifelong Arabic language learning experience.


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
1100 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 677-3967 

Fees: Students accepted into the program pay no tuition or administrative fees.
SQCC does not offer housing or other subsidies to participants. Students assume responsibility for paying their airfare ticket to D.C., accommodation, food, health insurance and any other miscellaneous living expenses for the duration of their stay in Washington, D.C. 

Students are required to purchase textbooks. Additional teaching materials will be supplied by instructors at no cost to students.


  • Applicants must be either enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program (undergraduate/graduate level) or recent graduates. 
  • All applicants are required to have completed at least two semesters of Arabic at a college or university in the United States prior to the start of the program.
  • Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, sciences, social sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. 
  • The program welcomes all eligible applications and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.


  • Application
  • Resume
  • Essays
    • Write an essay, in English, that discusses how participation in the Sabla Program at SQCC will help you accomplish your future goals. How do you plan to incorporate Arabic language study into your academic and/or career plans? (300-500 words)
    • Write an essay, in Arabic, introducing yourself to the Arabic program staff, including a discussion of your personal and professional interests and goals. (175 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from an Arabic instructor
  • Unofficial transcripts

For assistance, please email Dr. Abeer Al-Mohsen: arabic@sqcc.org

Course Descriptions

Sabla Courses

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Student Testimonials

“I feel very fortunate to have found the opportunity to take Arabic classes at SQCC. My experience with my teacher, Farha has been great, she encouraged all of the students to learn in the best way for them. She and SQCC have given us lots of opportunities to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking, which has helped me improve my Arabic a lot. This has been great as my language skills helped me better interact with all kinds of constitutes that I work with.”

Judith Crews
Congressional Staff Assistant

"I appreciate this program and the generosity of the Omani government. I value each class and do my best to respect the efforts of SQCC. After graduating from American University and ending formal Arabic studies, I worried about keeping up my language skills. It’s been six months since I started the program and my listening has definitely improved!"

Heidi Liedtke
Research Associate

"As someone who studies Arabic intensively as a student but had not used the language regularly in years, the advanced conversation classes were precisely what I needed to review my skills and expand my vocabulary in a small and personalized setting."

Jessica Ashooh
Deputy Director, Middle East Strategy Taskforce

"I’m very grateful for the opportunity presented to me by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center to learn Arabic free of charge. It’s a great program and I’ve learned a lot. I’m feeling much more confident in my Arabic language reading and writing, as well as grasp of grammar and vocabulary. Thank you!"

Larissa Naylor
Students Privacy Rights Advisor

"It’s fabulous. Zahraa is great"

Aleksandr Kondrashin
Student at GWU

"These classes were an incredible experience- not only because of the amount of Arabic I learned, but also because of the people I met. My teacher, Zahraa is on the best teachers I’ve ever had and made coming to class late at night so enjoyable. I will miss her next semester! I would recommend these classes to everyone!"

Emily Scammell
Contracts and Grant Officer- AMIDEAST

"I love my Arabic class at SQCC. The quality of instructions is exceptional and I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn Arabic here. My teacher makes coming to class a joy and I am very excited to continue my studies and learn the language and culture!"

Christina Kindlon

"Great environment, interesting teachers. The facilities are conducive to learning, technology, whiteboards, tables, and structured curriculum is perfect for learning the Arabic language."

Raymond Eid
Assistant- IMF

"Thanks to Salam’s patience, kindness, and ability to break down important concepts. I have learned so much from my experience at Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center"

Sophia Lalami

"Salam is a great teacher! Learning Arabic at the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center is rewarding and fun. Arabic is such an interesting and important language. I am so thankful for this class and professor Salam"

Alyssa Teddy
Program Analyst

"Salam is an outstanding Arabic teacher. He is patient and encouraging but also challenges all students. The classes are offered at convenient times and covers extensive material. The intense, interactive class style makes learning Arabic attainable and fun. Thank you, Oman"

Sarah Scott
Foreign Affairs Analyst