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 12 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.
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 Morocco, the ACA has a work force of over 1,000 teachers and approximately 200 administrative support and staff members made up of many nationalities.
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.
All ALCs 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.
The ALCs 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.
ALCs 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..
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