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Cody S.
North Augusta, South Carolina
Learn Arabic grammar in simple terms that help you actually understand the language
I bring my 20 years of study of the Arabic language as well as my shared frustration that often grammar is neglected, or if it is taught, it is taught in a vacuum that does not actually apply to your everyday use of the language. I teach grammar as a descriptive concept, explaining the patterns behind how the language works, rather than as a proscriptive set of rules for how a person "should" talk. Language is dynamic, and with it the grammar changes too. My lessons are right for you if you've ever: - had your eyes glaze over at the mere mention of the words "preposition," "tense," "case," or "mood;" - asked a grammar question and been told "I don't know, that's just how we say it;" - struggle with grammar concepts in English, let alone in Arabic; - tune out grammar sessions because you feel they don't actually help you understand the language; - avoided asking grammar questions for fear of falling into a linguistic rabbit hole or being perceived as too simple for a general class. I don't promise to make grammar exciting, but I will do my best to keep it relevant and simple in a comfortable learning environment.
About Cody S.

I am retired after over 20 years working with the Arabic language. During that time I had the opportunity to both attend and teach many classes at multiple levels. I was often frustrated by grammar lessons, when they were taught, because I found it difficult to apply the information to actually using the language beyond basic conjugation. Once I started teaching, I had more freedom to find ways to teach grammar that were useful and that wouldn't "lose students." My students can expect honest and clear lessons that they can apply immediately. I try to keep it simple, so that students understand the concepts and patterns, rather than getting bogged down in grammar terminology and definitions. I believe that no question is too simple for any class and endeavor to answer without clearly and without demeaning. I am not a native Arabic speaker and consider that a strength. I had to learn Arabic and its grammar just like you and still consider myself a student of the language. With exceptions, I found native speakers to be poorly equipped to teach grammar, especially to English-speaking students. There were concepts they could not explain adequately but just knew it sounded right. I don't mean to disparage their expertise, there are many fluent native-English speakers who just know what English should sound like but can't explain why. As a fellow student with the same frustrations, I will share with you my tools, tips, and tricks that helped me gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Arabic grammar. Teaching is one of my passions and I love the puzzle of finding new ways to help people retain and apply information. If a student fails, it is often a reflection of the teacher's ability to engage and explain. Arabic is just one thing I feel I am versed well-enough in to engage in teaching.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2006

Education

M.S.Ed. Training and Performance Improvement

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Teaches ages 5+

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Cody S.
North Augusta, South Carolina
Learn Arabic grammar in simple terms that help you actually understand the language
I bring my 20 years of study of the Arabic language as well as my shared frustration that often grammar is neglected, or if it is taught, it is taught in a vacuum that does not actually apply to your everyday use of the language. I teach grammar as a descriptive concept, explaining the patterns behind how the language works, rather than as a proscriptive set of rules for how a person "should" talk. Language is dynamic, and with it the grammar changes too. My lessons are right for you if you've ever: - had your eyes glaze over at the mere mention of the words "preposition," "tense," "case," or "mood;" - asked a grammar question and been told "I don't know, that's just how we say it;" - struggle with grammar concepts in English, let alone in Arabic; - tune out grammar sessions because you feel they don't actually help you understand the language; - avoided asking grammar questions for fear of falling into a linguistic rabbit hole or being perceived as too simple for a general class. I don't promise to make grammar exciting, but I will do my best to keep it relevant and simple in a comfortable learning environment.
About Cody S.

I am retired after over 20 years working with the Arabic language. During that time I had the opportunity to both attend and teach many classes at multiple levels. I was often frustrated by grammar lessons, when they were taught, because I found it difficult to apply the information to actually using the language beyond basic conjugation. Once I started teaching, I had more freedom to find ways to teach grammar that were useful and that wouldn't "lose students." My students can expect honest and clear lessons that they can apply immediately. I try to keep it simple, so that students understand the concepts and patterns, rather than getting bogged down in grammar terminology and definitions. I believe that no question is too simple for any class and endeavor to answer without clearly and without demeaning. I am not a native Arabic speaker and consider that a strength. I had to learn Arabic and its grammar just like you and still consider myself a student of the language. With exceptions, I found native speakers to be poorly equipped to teach grammar, especially to English-speaking students. There were concepts they could not explain adequately but just knew it sounded right. I don't mean to disparage their expertise, there are many fluent native-English speakers who just know what English should sound like but can't explain why. As a fellow student with the same frustrations, I will share with you my tools, tips, and tricks that helped me gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Arabic grammar. Teaching is one of my passions and I love the puzzle of finding new ways to help people retain and apply information. If a student fails, it is often a reflection of the teacher's ability to engage and explain. Arabic is just one thing I feel I am versed well-enough in to engage in teaching.

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2006

Education

M.S.Ed. Training and Performance Improvement

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Has background check

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M.S.Ed. Training and Performance Improvement
Sep 2010 - May 2015
Capella University
B.A. Philosophy
May 2006 - Jun 2008
American Military University
A.A. Arabic Studies
Sep 2000 - Dec 2001
Defense Language Institute
American Sign Language
Limited Proficiency
Arabic
Professional Proficiency

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Instructor details
Arabic
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$15
60 minutes
$25
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30