The Safir Center
Who studies Moroccan languages at Safir? People of all walks of life. Students, professionals, returned Peace Corps volunteers, NGO and nonprofit employees, Fulbright scholars, and teachers. What do they all have in common? Every student wants to better immerse themselves in the Moroccan culture through language. There is simply no better way to improve your personal and professional life in Morocco than learning the native languages. New doors open up, new friendships are made, and a much deeper, more meaningful understanding of Moroccan culture comes to light.
Safir believes in the power of effective communication through the medium of words. Our instructors emphasize building our learners communicative capacities in Arabic and Amazigh through activities, materials, and experiences that model real-world situations. Opportunities for interaction with native speakers and field professionals are woven into the curriculum in an intentional way
Capitalizing on object-based learning, our content-driven curriculum lends itself to the creative spirit. Our instructors spend time examining the language with our students in a manner derived from museum education practices. Creativity extends beyond our walls as well with Morocco as a canvas for experiential learning, students will find themselves learning language and cultural context through exploration, through doing, and through making.
our teaching team
MSA & Tashlhit Teacher
Ali Abdeddine is from the Amazigh village of Anguizem near Essaouira. He earned his BA in Arabic Studies and his MA in Amazigh poetry. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Hassan II. Ali is a certified OPI tester and taught Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic for the Arabic Flagship Program for 4 years. In his free time, Ali enjoys reading books and listening to music.
Moroccan Arabic Teacher
Khaled Chaioui, a passionate English/ Moroccan Arabic teacher, is originally from Ain Chegag, a small town south Fez. After getting his Baccalaureat certificate, he studied English studies at University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah Fez where he got his BA in English/Linguistics stream. He worked for American Peace Corps as a Moroccan Arabic teacher for 3 years and a training assistant as well. Further, Khalid completed 100 hours of teaching English for handicraft students as part of a teaching internship at the American Language Center in Fez.