|The atmosphere is welcoming and supportive, the class sizes are small, and the teaching is excellent and catered to students' needs and progress. I took Arabic 1 - 3 with Lucy, who is the best language teacher I've met. The course is geared for students with busy schedules, but the teaching is serious and we made remarkable progress. The classes helped me understand the language well enough early on to start picking up vocabulary on my own. The classes are an extremely high value for the price, and the small staff is generous, highly capable, and kind..” Jonathan
"I first came to The Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in the fall of 2006. Since then, I have enrolled in 5 group sessions, as well as some private lessons. Before coming to The Centre, I spent many months looking for a place to learn Arabic. After I first contacted The Centre, I was immediately impressed by the professionalism of its members and by how quickly I received replies to my inquiries. What kept me returning session after session was the quality of the instruction, the clear vision of The Centre and the genuine warmth of both Lucy and Mazen.
I have seen The Centre grow from two Beginner's Arabic classes to the wide range of language courses that it presently offers. Whether your aim is simply to acquire some conversational skills or you wish to be able to read Middle Eastern literature in its original form, I have no doubt that serious students will gain immensely from instruction at The Centre.
The classes are extremely well-organized and Lucy always puts together a lesson plan that fully incorporates readings, group discussions and authentic media. The private lessons are especially good if you want to focus on strengthening a particular language skill. Overall, I've found that Lucy creates an extremely positive atmosphere for learning, and I think that may be the most important factor for successfully learning a language.
I'm sure you can appreciate how difficult it can be to learn a new language as an adult; especially one that involves an entirely new script. I know a few people who have tried to pick up a new language but who haven't been able to see it through. I really think that without Lucy's encouragement and amazing approach to teaching that I would not have managed to make it so far. Lucy's classes presented the material in such an exciting and engaging way that I really felt like I was learning more than a language. " Kirk