The American Cultural Association (ACA) is the not-for-profit, bi-national parent organization of the American Language Centers (ALC) in Morocco, which teach English as a foreign language.
With 12 ALCs around the country, the ACA can boast a work force of more than 300 teachers and approximately 200 administrative support and staff members made up of many nationalities and people of of all ages.
The American Language Centers are the first choice for English language learners in Morocco and our student body represents every facet of Moroccan culture in both age and background and also includes people of other nationalities who may live and work in Morocco. The reason for this diversity is that the ALCs attract the best in teachers and students alike by offering truly unique experiences to both.
History of the American Cultural Association
In the 1950’s the ALCs were founded by the United States embassy with the purpose of teaching English as a foreign language. By the 1970’s, independent non-governmental management was needed and the ACA was created. The purpose of the ACA and its ALCs is to promote good relations and understanding between the peoples of the US and Morocco through the exchange of languages and ideas. The association is involved in various activities including English and Arabic language instruction, teacher training, and a variety of cultural and community service activities at our various centers.
From the 1950’s to present, the ALCs in Morocco have multiplied from just one center and bookstore in Rabat to now 11 centers located around the country in Agadir, Casablanca, Fes, Kenitra, Marrakesh, Meknes, Mohamedia, Oujda, Tangier, and Tetouan. In addition, in 1983 the Arabic Language Institute in Fez was created at the ALC Fes. ALIF teaches both Colloquial Moroccan Arabic as well as Modern Standard Arabic to visiting students from around the world.