Resources - Frequently Asked Questions
1. How is the American Cultural Association (ACA) different from the American Language Center (ALC)?
The ACA is an association that is comprised of eleven American Language Centers and the Arabic Language Institute in Fes. It is operated by an independent board made up of volunteers from the public and private sectors, in addition to some representatives of the ALCs.
2. Is the ACA a U.S. government organization? Is the ACA funded by the U.S. government?
Although the Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Morocco is a member of the ACA Board, and the ACA, through the ALCs, participates in certain scholarship programs sponsored by the U.S. government, the Association itself is a private, not-for-profit cultural, educational entity established under Moroccan law and supported solely by student tuition.
3. What else does the ACA do besides teaching English?
The ACA, through the ALCs, is involved in charitable and social works in Morocco and also hosts visiting students from the USA and elsewhere who have an interest in learning about Moroccan language and culture.
4. Why are some ALCs older than others?
The original ALCs of Morocco, in Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Marrakesh, and Tangier, responding to requests by local populations, have each opened sister ALCs in cities nearest to them. Thus, the Tangier ALC opened its sister center in Tetouan in 1983, Casablanca opened a sister center in Mohammedia in 1989, Fes opened the center in Meknes is 1989, Rabat opened the center in Kenitra in 1989, and Marrakesh opened the center in Agadir in 1992. Our newest center opened in Oujda, Jan 2012.
5. Is the academic program (curriculum and levels) the same at different ALCs?
Generally, yes. Although textbooks may vary slightly from city to city, the basic levels are the same. This permits a student who may move from one city to another to easily continue her or his studies.
6. Can I receive a scholarship to attend an ALC?
The ALC’s offer a certain number of scholarships every year to students who do not have the ability to pay for study at the ALC, and who show academic promise. Candidates include orphans and children referred by established NGO’s working with the poor.
7. Can I take the TOEFL at the ALC ?
Yes, you can take the TOEFL exam at ALC Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakesh, and Meknes
8. Does the ACA do academic advising for students who want to go to the states and study ?
Advising for study in the United States is generally not one of our regular functions. We recommend students who seek information in this regard to consult the U.S. State Department website.
9. If I enroll at the ALC, will my teacher be a native speaker?
Sometimes. It depends on a number of factors. One thing you can be sure of is that at the ALC you will be taught by a highly qualified language teaching professional.
10. What is the cost of enrolling at an ALC?
The cost of tuition, fees, and books varies from center to center. Please contact your local ALC for details.
11. Do we get a certificate of study after we finish a class? What can it be used for?
Students can request an attestation for completion of a course. This can be used as proof of professional development and language abilities with employers.
12. How are classes taught at an ALC?
All ALC’s use a highly student-centered approach to teaching language. Our focus is on students producing the language in contexts that are relevant to real-life situations they will encounter outside the classroom.
13. What if I’m dissatisfied with my teacher or class at the ALC?
In this case it is best to give feedback to the teacher to see if there is a way that the course and method of instruction can best suit your needs. If the situation is not resolved with time, then consult a member of the center administration for further assistance.
14. What is the average class size of an ALC class?
Usually between 10-15 students on average.
15. What are the requirements to enroll in English at the ALCs?
The only requirement is that you come to class on time and ready to learn language and participate in the learning process.
16. I want to learn English for communication, not to study the grammar. Is the ALC the place for me?
Yes. Even though grammar is an important part of general English language classes, the focus is not primarily on structure, but on communicating effectively in a variety of situations. Different ALCs also offer free activities such as a conversation club and other activities to practice communicating outside the formal classroom environment.
17. Can I prepare for the TOEFL at an ALC?
Yes, we offer TOEFL prep classes based on demand.
18. What do I need to be a teacher at the ALC?
A qualified applicant must have a Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited university. In addition, the ideal candidate should have:
• Experience in the teaching of English as a Foreign or Second Language (for native English speakers, at least one year of teaching overseas is strongly recommended).
• A certificate in TEFL or TESL.
• Some knowledge of French and/or Arabic.
• An interest in Moroccan or Middle Eastern Culture and/or the Arabic language (for non-Moroccans).
• Lastly, by Moroccan law, individuals 60 years of age or over cannot be issued work permits.
• For non-native speakers of English, native-like fluency and several years teaching experience is desirable.
19. Can I prepare for the SATs, or other exams at the ALC?
Programs vary from center to center. Please contact your local ALC for details.
20. Are there any activities for students?
ALC’s offer a number of student activities, which vary depending on the center, but can include such activities as the following: drama club, journalism club/newsletter, conversation club, extra practice activities, art club, music club, soccer club, public speaking workshops/competitions, etc..