Today, becoming a professor in secondary school, high school or university can be a tremendous opportunity to open up to the world.
So what about when we have the firm decision to become an Arab teacher?
How to go through with it? Should we take the traditional path to teach Arabic?
Do we really need a diploma to become a professor of Arabic in the US? Here is the story of the learner who wanted to become a teacher and learn Arabic from scratch.
Why should you teach Arabic?
Nowadays, when one speaks of teaching a language, one inevitably thinks of English which is the language par excellence for business, with Spanish, Italian or German. This means that fewer people speak a foreign language in the US, and most people aren't drawn to learn.
However some will venture off the beaten track and think of Chinese, which develops much, Russian, Japanese. And have you thought about the Arabic language?
Yes, why not teach the Arabic language?
A Historical Language
Arabic has existed for more than 2,000 years, it is a so-called Semitic language that is spoken by more than 350 million people (*) on the planet, within the Arab world as well as in its diaspora abroad.
(*) This figure refers to the inhabitants of what has been called the Arab world since the 19th century: that is to say the countries members of the Arab League which are not for the Arab majority.
The Arabic language was born in the Arabian Peninsula and quickly established itself as the official language of Islam in the 7th century AD.
Today, it is the language that conveys the values of this religion, which carries all the culture, all the Arab literature and which also serves to communicate via the audiovisual media such as Internet and television.
A language that is old but has evolved and adapted to all times and remains resolutely modern, hence the fact that it seduces more and more students throughout the world.
A challenge to teach
Even though efforts are made to promote learning on the national and international level, they remain insufficient.
Arabic is a complex language to be taught and learned because of its diverse dialects and literary form.
However, teaching Arabic is particularly challenging: it is a formidable challenge, an unusual adventure because Arabic has its own stamp, it has its secrets, its charm and its subtleties.
Arabic pronunciation, polysemy and syntax are unprecedented for Indo-European learners accustomed to Latin roots especially.
An inventory of the different ways to teach Arabic
As far as elementary school is concerned, the Arabic language is mainly taught through the ELCO (Teaching of Languages and Cultures of Origin) and is mainly found in the Maghreb countries such as Algeria or Morocco.
As far as secondary education is concerned, the teaching of Arabic is almost like a field of ruins: for several years now, the Arabic language has been confined to high schools and universities.
Why this language less appealing?
Because the specificity of the Arabic language is due to the fact that professors who are certified or aggregated are not given full assignments or assigned to disciplines far from those for which they were trained.
And yet the demand is strong but a part of young students as well as adults who want to learn Arabic then turn to private structures or associations that do weekly workshops with excellent textbooks and learning books for this idiom.
Discover how you can find more students for your Arabic lessons...
What is a good Arabic teacher?
Before becoming a professor of Arabic worthy of the name, there are some things to know.
A good teacher of Arabic has the mission to initiate but also to develop and perfect the skills and knowledge of his students, whether for written or oral expression.
The Arabic's language teaching approach is more accentuated on expression than on understanding.
The teaching of Arabic can very well be done outside the school context and it is addressed to the neophytes in Arabic as well as to the already experienced speakers.
Whether you want to teach Arabic in a school, by videoconference or by offering special Arabic classes at home, there is no contradiction: the objective of the Arabic teacher remains the transmission of his knowledge and his practice of the Arabic language.
Find out what competencies you must have in order to teach Arabic at any level!
You will be able to propose, within your program, exercises and Arabic courses entirely dedicated to Arabic grammar, spelling as well as Arabic writing, subjects of writing on topical subjects, conjugation, and oral expression which remains an essential component of Arabic culture and language.
Depending on the students' difficulties, depending on their level and their ambitions, the learning of the Arabic language can take several months and years, there are no real solutions to learn in an accelerated way.
On average, it is estimated that over 2,000 hours of instruction are needed to perfectly master Arabic, both written and spoken.
Whatever your level, your diploma, as an Arabic teacher, you have to adapt to your students, at their level because within a working group, the differences can sometimes be glaring, resulting in deficiencies, and abandoning the subject altogether.
Adapt your learning methods, show your efficiency, interest your students and capture their attention by having already prepared your Arabic lessons in advance and by being available to answer all the questions of the students.
Skills to be a good Arabic teacher
Here is a non-exhaustive list of skills for an excellent Arabic teacher:
- Excellent command of the Arabic language (written and oral)
- Interpersonal skills
- Being a good listener
Follow the classic track to become a teacher
To become a teacher of Arabic, the most obvious way seems to be to follow a foreign language teacher training.
This requires between 4 to 5 years of university studies and then to pass the different test, depending on the state in which you wish to practice.
There is also the Doctorate for those who want to push the learning of Arabic in its confines and then to teach at university.
These are all difficult competitions that require a lot of hard work, personal investment, rigor and self-denial.
In addition, the number of positions offered each year is limited.
For those who want practical learning, there is always the possibility of doing an internship or a semester at a university in an Arab country. There are several countries that offer training to teach Arabic and learn it as well.
The amount of the scholarship will always be more generous compared to the cost of the local life in the Arab country where you will go.
Of course, the traditional way of teaching Arabic is in high-schools and universities but you can also pass on your passion for Arabic language and culture with a different method, namely yours.
How? Thanks to the private Arabic courses.
Indeed, by registering on a support platform such as Superprof you will be able to share your taste of the Arabic language with young people and adults anxious to receive a personalized learning.
Once you have set your hourly rate, this tutoring professional will put you in touch with students to whom you will teach Arabic according to your method.
Of course, if you already have a foreign language degree in Arabic, this is a bonus that will be highly appreciated by students.
Boost your level in Arabic with a certified teacher!
You can try to offer your services by using the agencies of classified ads on the Internet or through your town hall.
The price of an Arabic course varies according to the level of your pupil in Arabic but also of yours.
As a general rule, it is estimated that the average price of an Arabic class is $25 per hour.
Do not hesitate to meet your pupil to explain your way of teaching Arabic, to see if it will suit him or her, to determine the length of the course, how long it will last, and so on.
Find out more on how to set your rates for Arabic lessons...
Different Profiles of Arabic Teachers
If you take the time to consult the list of teachers registered on Superprof, you will quickly observe the difference between them.
Indeed, foreign languages teachers have very different profiles, and Arabic teachers are no exception!
To embark on the adventure of private lessons and classes of Arabic does not really require any special training: private teachers learn "on the job".
To accompany the students in their learning of the Arabic language, they must still justify several qualities: understanding, pedagogy, empathy and methodology will be on the program!
Who are the different teachers of literary Arabic?
If you are studying Arabic in a university course, you can easily tutor beginners, teach them the basics of Arabic linguistics and some notions to deepen their knowledge.
Arabic bilingual professors:
As a graduate, you may have already taught in several schools. Your irreproachable mastery of the Arabic peninsula language allows you to accompany all students who want to perfect their written and oral comprehension of the language with a view to an Arabic test for example.
Native Arabic teachers:
Arabic is the mother tongue of native teachers. The Arab culture has no secrets for them. With an Algerian, Moroccan, Tunisian or Egyptian professor, students can easily learn Arabic and its rich culture.
History, beliefs, savoir-vivre, gastronomy, arts, literature... Arab culture brings together many cultural values common to several countries of the Arab world.
Where to teach Arabic in the US?
As a reminder :
Arabic is the 5th most widely spoken language in the world (more than 250 million speakers),
It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Throughout the world, Arabic is therefore essential to boost economic and cultural relations.
Its learning and mastery become a societal stake.
As a teacher of Arabic, you have the possibility to transmit your knowledge in different ways in the US.
Arabic is not commonly taught in american schools. The history of the US with the Arab-Muslim world has not put this language forth and the context today doesn't help. However this same context results in the need for interpreters, translators and more generally Arabic-speaking people working for different organizations. So although the demand is real, the offer has not yet caught up.
As a result, students turn to other structures to deepen their knowledge.
Associations and cultural organizations
Students who wish to learn to speak Arabic join associations and cultural organizations.
Many associations flourish in order to promote the Arab culture and to transmit the rudiments of linguistics to the pupils.
In the form of intensive courses, small group classes or evening classes, Arabic lessons are taught by methodological and pedagogical teachers.
Arabic grammar, vocabulary, Arabic alphabet, writing, phonetics... To improve the Arabic level of the pupils, the professors rely on practice and training in oral as well as in writing.
In addition to the courses, associations regularly organize events and extra-curricular activities to learn Arabic in a fun way.
Have a look if one of these associations exist in your state and city.
Arabic Language Schools
To train in Arabic, you have the opportunity to join dozens of schools and private language institutes.
These private institutions regularly recruit Arabic language teachers, as demand is increasing in the face of the lack of such teaching in the schools.
Open to both children and adults, these linguistic institutes aim to improve the level of the students' language through Arabic exercises and examinations.
As this learning process takes place outside the traditional school curriculum, students are often passionate and motivated, waiting for your knowledge!
With a very serious teaching, you will have the possibility nevertheless, to arrange your courses as you wish. Enabling more attractive resources and tools to increase the curiosity of your students.
Private tutoring organizations
If you have an Arabic higher education diploma and have passed tests, you will be able to enter these private organizations to give in-home tuition or find online tutoring jobs.
With a mode of operation that no longer needs to prove its seriousness and rigor, more and more students, in difficulty or not, are calling on its special teachers for Arabic courses from distance.
An excellent way to teach with your own resources and methods.
Teaching distance Arabic will bring you a very good teaching experience if you are starting out
Defining the price of an Arabic lesson
Passing on knowledge and cuture is a very good thing, but at what cost?
On average, one hour of private tuition costs about $25 in the US. Of course, this tariff can oscillate according to several criteria.
It is interesting to know that private tuition in foreign languages is among the least expensive.
Before setting your price for your lessons, here's what to do:
- Compare prices on the market
- Specify your target audience: beginners, secondary students, high school students, university students, adults, etc.
- Specify your Arabic courses: introduction to the basics of the language, intensive courses, calligraphy courses, distance courses, small groups, etc.
- Specify your level of education, qualifications and experience
- Build your added value: playful, modern tools, use of videos, podcasts, etc.
- Adjust according to your area of residence
- Highlight your specialty: Arabic literary, Quran studies, Darija, dialects, etc.
There are some very important factors to take into account in setting the price of your Arabic courses.
First of all, your level of study and your diplomas. A student will naturally offer less expensive courses than an associate professor and a graduate from higher education.
Accompanying a child to teach him the basics of Arabic linguistics (alphabet, vocabulary, syntax, etc.) cannot cost the same price as an aid to the preparation of university examinations for high level students.
Your experience will also pay off.
It is also important to distinguish between experience in classical and academic education and experience in private teaching, which is much more personalized.
The same will apply to your specialty, literary Arabic courses do not have the same requirement (and therefore the same price) as the dialectal Arabic courses for example.
Another important factor is your location.
Indeed, the geographical area will influence your rates. As you can imagine, in New-York, lessons are much more expensive than elsewhere. There are also disparities between the cities in the South and those of the North.
Invoicing a formula of intensive courses is not the same as a smoothed package over the school year. In general, the more students want to take classes, the lower the rate.
Once all these parameters are taken into account, you will get a price offer ranging between $25 and $40 per hour of course.
We wish you good luck or as it is said, "Had Saïd" حظا سعيدا