Arabic Language

Arabic language is one of the core courses offered in almost every private full time Islamic schools in S.Africa. It is the language in which the Qur'an is written, and, therefore, a certain familiarity with Arabic is necessary for all students in Islamic schools.

Islamic schools form a permanent reservoir of Arabic language instruction in S.Africa. Long after current grants and financial support for Arabic language have dried up and disappeared, Islamic schools will continue to teach it. It is also the heritage language of many students. Right from its very inception, an Islamic school must grapple with a difficult but fundamental question - why are we teaching Arabic?

  • Do we want to limit Arabic to its role as a critical tool in the study of Islam?
  • Do we want to teach Arabic as a fully developed second/foreign language?

This decision might seem fairly straightforward for some communities, especially if they intend to replicate the "traditional" immigrant overseas experience, i.e., "My kids can learn to recite the Qur'an the way I did." But a school needs to take a much deeper look at the real situation their children will face here in S.Africa. For example, universities prefer students who have taken a language in high school. It makes good sense, therefore, for the school to offer Arabic as a course that will fulfill the language requirement. However, the "traditional" way of teaching Arabic is deeply inadequate to meet the standards of a language course. So what should a school do?

That can be answered only by each school, but the information below can help a school make an informed decision.

  • Learn the difference between Qur'anic Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic.
  • Why might a school prefer to offer both Qur'anic Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic?
  • What are the Arabic Standards for K-12?

    Click here to go to the National Capital Language Resource Center website:http://www.arabick12.org/index.html

  • Qur'anic Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic - How Are They Different?
  • Qur'anic Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic - Making the Best Choice for Our Children

Source: theisla.org

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About AMS South Africa

The Association of Muslim Schools (AMS) was launched in March 1989 at the Lockhat Islamia School (Al Falaah College) in Durban. Principals and members of the Board of Governors of Habibiya Islamic College, Lockhat Islamia College, Roshnee Muslim School, AsĀ­-Salaam, Lenasia Muslim School and Nur-ul-Islam School came together to form this association.

The need was felt to establish an organization to advise Muslim Schools and help them in their development at all levels.

Vision

To provide a range of quality services which will enable our schools to deliver an Islamically based-education of the highest standard and quality.

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