Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)


The Arabic Language Center (TAFL) aims at being an international educational edifice for teaching the Arabic language and its culture to all learners from all over the world. Accordingly, the Center aims at effectively contributing to bridging communication gaps between Arabic and foreign cultures.


The mission of the Centre is to teach the Arabic language to non-native speakers of Arabic from all over the world; the Center aims at targeting graduate and undergraduate university students from Europe, America and Asia. The teaching of Arabic is done within a social and cultural context that allows them to interact with the media and literature of the contemporary Arab world.

Objectives (TAFL) Programs

1. Full comprehension of Modern Standard Arabic (the language of culture, media and communication) in different life-like situations.

2.Communication in Arabic through conversation.

3.Self-expression in either Modern Standard Arabic or Egyptian colloquial Arabic.

4.Comprehensive reading knowledge of Arabic.

5.Functional writing in Arabic for various life-like situations.


In its pursuit of these objectives, the Center makes available all Pharos University facilities, which include next to well qualified teachers, up-to-date language labs, as well as various educational media tools.  The Center also provides exclusive in- language activities, such as:-


– Experiencing the language through life-like situations that learners, guided by their teachers, prepare and act out.

– Transcribing recorded media scripts such as news bulletins and talk shows, and training learners to re-deliver them in the well- equipped studios of the University.

-Training learners to follow Arabic news channels such as “Al-Hurra”, “Arabia” and “Al-Jazeera”.

-Developing appreciation for, and oral reading of Arabic poetry.

-Practicing elocution

-Having access to University sporting areas.

-Organizing concerts and artistic, cultural and social events.

Academic Calendar

 Weekly Program (Fall and Spring semesters): 13 weeks each semester
Modern Standard Arabic TAFL1 6 hours
Media TAFL2 2 hours
Egyptian Colloquial Language TAFL3 6  hours
Translation TAFL4 2 hours
Culture and literature TAFL5 2 hours
Writing TAFL6 2 hours


Weekly Program (Summer semester): 10 weeks
Modern Standard Arabic TAFL 1 8 hours
Media TAFL2 2 hours
Egyptian Colloquial Language TAFL3 8  hours
Translation TAFL4 2 hours
Culture and literature TAFL5 2 hours
Writing TAFL6 4 hours


Student  assessment  method :

  • 20% Quizzes
  • 20% Mid-term exam
  • 60% Final Exam

The following table shows the system of assessment of courses at Pharos University (starting from the academic year 2012-2013)


PointsGrade icon
4.0AExcellentX ≥90
3.7A-85≤ X <90
3.3B+Very Good80≤ X <85
3.0B75≤ X <80
2.7B-Good70≤ X <75
2.3C+65≤ X <70
2.0CPass60≤ X <65
1.7C-Pass Conditional
56≤ X <60
1.3D+53≤ X <56
1.0D50≤ X <53
0FFail0≤ X <50
0BLBy lawLess than 30% in the final written exam

*  The estimate is based on the percentage
** Rating code according to grading points
*** Successful in the course

• The Center also offers special courses: foreigners who wish to experience life in the Egyptian environment are offered a course of Egyptian colloquial language for 13 weeks, 6 hours per week.

• The Center welcomes those who prefer independent learning.  For fellows in particular fields: engineering, medicine, maritime transport; foreign consultants in oil or tourism, the focus is geared towards culture and communication in life-like situations.