Arabic Course Descriptions

ARA

101

ELEMENTARY ARABIC I

Four credit hours

This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic.  Students will learn the Arabic alphabet, basic writing and conversational skills, and entry-level Arabic grammar, including gender of nouns and verbs and regular conjugations.  Students will also be exposed to Arabic culture and customs of polite society.

ARA

102

ELEMENTARY ARABIC II

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: ARA 101 or equivalent

Students of Arabic 102 are expected to enhance the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in Modern Standard Arabic.  This class will introduce hollow, double-root, and defective verbs, absolute negation, and conditional tense.  Students will be exposed to native speakers of Arabic through audio-visual materials and will continue learning about Arab culture.

ARA

201

INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: ARA 102 or equivalent

This third semester course continues building the studentsí intermediate knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic and completes the book used in ARA 101 and 102.  The course will provide opportunities for students to solidify and augment the grammar learned in Elementary Arabic as it introduces new vocabulary.  It will focus on the development of the ability to use Modern Standard Arabic orally and in reading and writing.  Topics include describing activities, professions, places, events, and states of affairs.  Exercises include writing, relating information from written sources, and expressing thoughts and oneself. The course will also include an oral component, in which students will practice their Arabic oral communication skills. This will be assessed through specific presentations and projects, which will allow the students to further develop and build on the oral aspect of the Arabic language. Students who complete this course should be able to initiate discussion on topics of daily life and understand and produce more complicated life scenarios.

ARA

202

INTERMEDIATE ARABIC II

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: ARA 201 or equivalent

This fourth semester course continues building the studentsí intermediate knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic and completes the book used in ARA 101 and 102.  The course will provide opportunities for students to solidify and augment the grammar learned in Elementary Arabic as it introduces new vocabulary.  It will focus on the development of the ability to use Modern Standard Arabic orally and in reading and writing.  Topics include describing activities, professions, places, events, and states of affairs.  Exercises include writing, relating information from written sources, and expressing thoughts and oneself. The course will also include an oral component, in which students will practice their Arabic oral communication skills. This will be assessed through specific presentations and projects, which will allow the students to further develop and build on the oral aspect of the Arabic language. Students who complete this course should be able to initiate discussion on topics of daily life and understand and produce more complicated life scenarios.

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