Our goal in teaching Arabic is very specific to being able to read the Quran properly, and not the overall language. Having said so, it is recommended that students tie what they are learning in these classes to the Surahs they are memorizing in their QR classes.
Objective: Students are expected to learn the basics of the Arabic language that will enable the student to read and recite the Quran.
Levels: There are 6 levels, each determined by proficiency first, then age:
- AR – KG: Our KG students learn the Arabic alphabet.
- AR1: Students learn the Arabic alphabet, and learn to recognize the letters in connected form. Other topics covered include Short Vowels (Fatha, Kasra, Damma). At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to read a word of 3 letters with vowels within 10 seconds.
- AR2: A continuation on Short Vowels and connected form. Additional topics include Sukoon and Madd letters/Long Vowels (Alif, Waw, Yaa). At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to read longer words, and sentences of maximum 3 words within 20 seconds.
- AR3: Students cover topics on Shadda, Tanween, Hamzatul-Wassl, and Rules for Stopping. At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to “speed read”, read a sentence (a line from the Quran) in 30 seconds.
- AR4 (Pre-Hifz Practice): Taken in conjunction with QR4 (check above). As part of the Pre-Hifz program, Students practice reading from the Quran to be more fluent, while learning some basic rules of Tajweed.
- AR5 (Part-time Hifz): Taken in conjunction with QR5 (check above). Students at this level must be capable of reading Quran on their own with minimal assistance, while learning more rules of Tajweed.