Arabic Classes

SQCC offers Arabic classes to working professionals on scholarship. The Arabic program 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.

Program Overview

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. 

Distinctive Features of this Arabic Program:  

  • 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
  • Technologically equipped classrooms
  • Blended learning methodology and web-enhanced instruction
  • Communicative language teaching (CLT)
  • Individuals who are interested in learning the Arabic language,  in a serious setting with like minded individuals
  • Individuals who reside in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland
  • Must have a college degree or be currently enrolled in a university program (no Arabic classes required)
  • Working professional
  • Complete the placement test (only if required by administration)*


  • Submit completed application form and supporting materials via this website.
  • Resume 
  • Essays
    • Write an essay, in English, that discusses how participation in the Evening Arabic 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)
  • Unofficial transcripts

Note: If you have no prior knowledge of Arabic, you can upload a document with a statement to that effect for the Arabic essay application requirement. Beginner students do not take the placement test.

Students will not pay tuition or fees but will be required to purchase their own textbooks for the course.

To ensure satisfactory progress through the program, we require good standing in attendance (no more than 3 unexcused absences) and grades (maintain a B+).

Students with poor attendance or unexcused absences may have their scholarships withdrawn. *Returning students can be renrolled if they left in good standing.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate of Completion.

All courses run for 8 weeks and provide 32 in-class contact hours. Classes are offered in the evenings (class day and time placement may be determined on availability). The program observes US and Oman Federal holidays.

Monday/Wednesday 6 pm – 8 pm

Monday/Wednesday 8 pm- 10 pm 

Tuesday/Thursday 6 pm – 8 pm


  • Spring Session I 2024 (In-person 4 weeks, Online- 4 weeks for Ramadan) Feb 12- April 4
  • Spring Session II 2024 (In-person) April 15- June 7
  • Fall Session I 2024 (In-person) Aug 19 - Oct 11
  • Fall Session II 2024 (In-person) Oct 21- Dec 12


Fall I Session Starts August 19

Deadline to apply is August 5, 2024.

Classes Available:

Absolute Beginner (M&W 6-8pm, 8-10pm)

Advanced Beginner (T&TH 6-8pm)

Low Intermediate (M&W 6-8pm)

Intermediate (M&W 8-10 pm, T&TH 6-8pm)

Advanced Low (Waitlist M&W 6-8pm)

Advanced ( M&W 8-10pm)

Advanced High - Debate (T&TH 6-8pm)