Book Club Update

With the upcoming exams and intensive summer sessions, the Book Club is officially over for the Spring term. However, we will restart again in September.Have a fantastic summer with lots of book reading!


How do you Study?

With the upcoming exams not only here but at the local schools and University, understanding how you learn and retain information, will help you pass. The following article provides excellent and useful information on how to maximize your learning.

How to Study – The Different Ways of Learning

By Rick Aurtus

There are three main ways to interpret information when studying for any type of exam. I have explained what they mean and how to get the most out of how YOU Study.

Visual – This indicates you would benefit by underlining, highlighting, using colored markers, making colorful mind maps, drawing pictures, symbols or graphs. Diagrams underline the common point here. If you are visual, then get into the habit of engaging your visual mode for learning by using imagery as you study automatically picturing, making mental pictures of what you are studying whenever possible and project them onto an imaginary Mental Movie Screen, to enhance your way of learning best, make your mental pictures colorful, humorous, exaggerated and full of action. This will make stronger impressions of the information by involving more brain cells hence this greater neuron connection will assist in lengthening your memory in regards to different subject material and making the information easier to recall.

During your exams, look at your Mental Movie Screen and recall the mental pictures, graphs or drawings, doing this will help lead you to the necessary information. If all fails, then imagine your professor on your Mental Movie Screen and ask your professor for the answer. In most tests, it is best to write something for an answer than nothing at all. Get into the habit of using your Mental Movie Screen to impress any visual information you need to remember. Practice makes perfect.

Auditory – Then learn to engage your auditory mode for learning by attending all your lectures, discussing what you learned, including any visuals used, with others during study sessions. You can also record your lessons and listen to them later. Get into the practice of explaining what you have learned to an imaginary audience of children out loud. This will allow you to hear the
information and evaluate you understanding of it. Don’t get caught up in the listening to every detail you hear in lectures however and remind yourself to take down short notes. During your test, read the test question, listen to your inner voice giving you the answer and write the answers down. You can also talk quietly to yourself to solicit the answer. If all else fails, ask your professor for the answer and hear him give you the answer, then write it down.

Kinesthetic – Then engage your senses and be as hands on as you can. Incorporate your kinesthetic mode of learning by imagining how something feels, immerse yourself of being in the experience whenever possible, using your imaginary sense of touch, engaging the emotions and/or by doing some kind of rhythmic action as you learn such as pacing or tapping your fingers lightly. Explain what you have learned to an imaginary audience as if you were actually there in front of the audience doing the presentation, using props and explaining the feeling of the ‘process’ to the audience Of course the best results are achieved when you learn to engage all three learning modes. However as mentioned earlier refer back to what you find most helpful when you get stuck. And practice, practice, practice

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Common Grammar Mistakes

While learning new grammar rules and when to use the appropriate spelling of a word is not the funniest aspect of learning a language, it is a must. There are even some grammar rules that native speakers have difficulty with. Take a look at the article below, and become familiar with these frequent grammar mistakes.


15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly

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We’re big advocates of conversational writing that’s engaging, persuasive, and fun. So that means it’s perfectly fine to fracture the occasional stuffy grammatical rule (and many times it’s preferable).

On the other hand, making some grammatical errors just makes you look bad, and hurts your effectiveness. Sometimes we even misuse words simply because we hear others use them incorrectly.

So, we’ve assembled the 15 most egregious grammar goofs into one helpful infographic. With this handy reference, you’ll never look silly again.

Thanks once again to our friends at BlueGlass for the infographic design that makes my silly little words look cool. Enjoy!

infographic -- click the text links in the post for text versions of the visual material 

Exam Schedule

Yes, it is that time of year!! Get ready for the upcoming exams. Take a look at the schedule below and be ready to come pass that exam!!

Class                            Date of Exam

Monday/Wednesday                       June 13

Wednesday Afternoon                    June 13

Tuesday/Thursday                         June 14

Friday Afternoon                            June 15

Friday/Saturday Evening                June 15

All Saturday Classes                      June 16

Active Learning

If you walk into any ALC classroom, you are more than likely to find our students up and moving around. From practicing a conversation, to miming an action, we don’t let our students sit down for long!! Take a look at some of our “action” shots. Check back frequently as we will be adding new photos regularly.


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June 6th Book Club

During next week’s book club, we will be watching Dracula! The movie was released in 1931, so it is one of the earliest versions. It is a fantastic move and a great way to end our reading of the book.

Have you ever dreamed of exploring the world?

Are you thinking about moving to a faraway country?

 Do you want to work, study or just live abroad?

Come chat with Caroline!

 American Language Center

Monday, May 28th

6:30 to 7:30 pm

My name is Caroline Zickgraf. I am originally from a very small town in Michigan in the US, but I have lived in Italy, the Netherlands, and now I live in Belgium.  I came to Oujda to study and learn more about Morocco. I love traveling and moving to different countries, and I’d love to talk about it with you!

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We had some very interesting conversations in the Book Club yesterday. First, we talked about vampire bats!!!! Eek!!! Are they real??  Not everyone believed they exist….but they DO!!

Take a look at the video by following this link:

**Warning parts of the video are a bit gruesome***

We also discussed cultural values that we believe as strange, such as people drinking blood. The general idea amongst the group was that people who engage in this practice need psychological treatment. This is a great example of needing to step outside of our own cultural beliefs and examine others. Yes, we think that this is strange (and gross) but if a whole group of people have this cultural belief, should we be more accepting? If we think of our lives, of our customs, do you think others would call us strange? How would that make us feel?

Please share your thoughts/feelings :=)

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. ~Author Unknown

What do you think of this quote?

Do you agree or disagree?






We have chosen our books!!

Beginning 5 has chosen:

Intermediate levels have chosen:

We are ordering these now, and will let you know ASAP when you can purchase them  :=)