Of all the varied activities and experiences of our 5 week program in Morocco in 2009, the hospitality of the CLC staff and the homestay families stand out as the most enriching
___Peter Fraunholtz, History Professor, Northeastern University
The Center for Language & Culture in Marrakesh, Morocco is an ideal host facility for study abroad programs. Our experienced and knowledgeable support staff, highly qualified teachers, beautiful and inviting campus, ideal location, and our mix of Moroccan and foreign students makes the CLC a unique and ideal setting for study abroad in Arabic and cultural studies.
The support staff is here to assist our educational partners with all the logistics involved in running a successful program. The staff takes charge of establishing regular email communication ahead of time, drawing up a budget, arranging living accommodations, setting up a class schedule, organizing trips in Morocco, scheduling guest speakers, and so forth. We are also on stand-by for all the little things that come up during a program, doctor’s visits, special needs, and general advice and guidance to make the students’ stay in Marrakesh safe and memorable.
Our five Arabic teachers are all highly trained and qualified. We are primarily a language school teaching both English and Arabic. We apply the latest theories and research about language acquisition to our instruction in both Arabic and English. Our teaching philosophy stems from three main theories, Stephen Krashen’s theory of Language Acquisition, the Lexical Approach as described by Michael Lewis and others, and Communicative Language Learning (CLL). To our knowledge, the CLC is the only language school that applies such theories to teaching Arabic. And it pays off, our Arabic students have a very positive learning experience, acquiring Arabic at much faster rates than most American university courses.
Campus & Location
The CLC is housed in a large villa style building. It has 12 classrooms, a large outdoor garden and basketball court, a computer lab and wifi coverage, a cafe and a kitchen and meal area. The CLC founders chose this particular campus with the comfort of our international students in mind. The campus is located on a quiet tree lined residential street, opposite an elementary school. It’s within a 5 minute walk to the “new city”, Gueliz, which is the more modern and user friendly part of Marrakesh. At the same time , the CLC is only a 15 minute walk or quick cab ride to the wild and woolly “old city”, the Medina, with its colorful souks, outdoor eating stalls, and little shops full of just about anything. Most Moroccan neighborhoods are self-sufficient, with everything you need within walking distance. The CLC’s neighborhood is no exception, with everything from Moroccan fast food joints, to corner grocery stores, to bootleg dvd vendors. Many of our long term Arabic students also choose to rent apartments just around the corner from the CLC, which makes their stay a lot easier.
CLC Student Demographics
The CLC specializes in both Arabic & English language instruction. Our English students are Moroccans who study mainly in the evenings, which our Arabic students study in the morning and early afternoon. We usually have around 850 English students and around 20 Arabic students per term. It has been our experience that the presence of both Moroccan and (primarily) American students is a boon for both demographics. Our large body of Moroccan students provides an excellent pool of candidates for homestay hosts. We can properly vet each candidate via home visits and from classroom experience together.
Every year, a group of our Moroccan students are trained in Inter-Cultural dialog facilitation. They then facilitate the Inter-Cultural dialogs between Moroccan and American students, which is truly a rich experience for all involved.
Our Moroccan students also greatly appreciate having American visitors to their classes, as it gives them extra opportunities to practice their English.
In addition to structured settings, both groups of students can get to know each other outside of class, and some great friendship bonds have been formed.