ARB 101 Elementary Arabic I

Arabic 101 is intended for English–speaking students. In this course students will be introduced to the Arabic alphabet and its sounds. Students will master reading and writing the letters and sounds. They will also learn some basic sentence structures and some vocabulary. Some vocabulary are related to introducing self and others, greetings, describing people and places. The goal is to enhance the students’ ability to master the four skills -listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course like any other language involves self-instructional approach. Students are required to study the textbook and listen to assigned audio materials (CDs, or computer sound files). Native speakers of this language cannot take this course. Any students with background knowledge of this language must see the director before registering. Not repeatable without permission of the director.

ARB 102 Elementary Arabic II

Prerequisite: ARB 101 or equivalent.

In 102, students will continue using some familiar vocabulary and structures learned in Arabic 101; however, these structures will be more complex.   Students in this course will continue listening and reading about Maha, khalid and their family members. Students will watch videos of both standard Arabic and another dialect.   Students will also continue learning about Arabic grammar. In addition to learning about more verbs, students will learn new grammatical points, such as conditional sentences, dual and irregular plural, comparative and superlatives, future, and other grammatical points. Students also will be exposed to more complex reading texts. Students are required to study the textbook and listen to assigned audio materials (CDs, or computer sound files). Students have practice sessions three hours per week. Not repeatable without the permission of the Arabic director.

Intermediate Arabic (201-202)

This course aims to fulfill two General Education Learning Objectives: 1) “Students will demonstrate an awareness of, and ability to formulate rational interpretations of human experience” and  2) “Competency  in written and oral communication.” The specific outcome sought under the aegis of the first objective is for students “to place and interpret texts within a discursive tradition and within broader cultural and historical contexts.” Under the second objective the specific outcome sought is “students will demonstrate competence in reading and speaking.”

Advanced Arabic (301-302)

Introduce literary texts to enhance the students` awareness of the Arabic cultural heritage. Students will read a large number of very short stories (folktales, tricksters, and religious stories) and learn the vocabulary and the cultural information accompanying each reading. The main focus for this section is reading comprehension and vocabulary learning.

Expose the student to media texts, specifically, political news texts, and help them learn political vocabulary and how to use them in the correct context (ex; negotiations, summit, delegation, etc). The students are trained to construct sentences and write paragraphs in Arabic describing political events and news. The course will also expose students to news broadcasts in Arabic from news channels such as Aljazeera for listening practices and context comprehension.

Students are introduced to an advanced level in grammar and structure to be able to construct more complex structures in their speaking and writing as upper level students.

Arabic Listening & Speaking (CRL 201)

This course is mainly focused on comprehension of Formal Spoken Arabic in its oral and written form for intermediate and upper intermediate levels. Students in this course are exposed to conversation practices that would be useful to them when arriving in the Arab world. The students will practice hearing dialogues between native speakers in everyday situations to help them prepare for similar experiences, such, arriving at the airport, getting acquainted, eating out, etc. Students will also be exposed to videos and audios that would enhance their listening and speaking skills in Arabic.

The Arabian Nights (CRL 201)

This course introduces students to the Arabian Nights (One Thousand and One Nights) in translation. The Arabian Nights are a collection of stories framed in one story narrated by Shahrazad. The narratives are a mixed potion of magic, love, fear, and death. This course will discuss the history of the tales as well as the different translations, in addition to the socio-cultural concepts of antagonists and protagonist forces, such as magic spells and the Jinni. The students will cover a variety of tales: Sinbad, Ali Baba, and Aladdin. The course will also examine the Islamic context in the Arabian Nights.