Fall 2011 -
Undergraduate Course Description
Discipline and Number
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
|Beginning Arabic I
Description of Course:
This course is an introductory course intended for students with little or no knowledge of the language. Its aim is to present essential vocabulary and grammar, and to develop the pronunciation, listening, reading, and writing skills necessary for basic communication and comprehension. Customs and cultural insights are also presented.
It covers the Arabic script and sound system, basic grammar rules, and the study of samples of modern Arabic literature and the press. We will use an audio-lingual approach designed to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in an integrated way by the use of dialogues in realistic situations, class interaction and oral and written drills. Grammar is explained in its functional aspect using basic structures of Arabic. Drills in reading, writing, listening and speaking Arabic are enhanced by the use of DVDs.
To pronounce the Arabic vowels, consonants correctly.
To pronounce Arabic words correctly, paying special attention to Short and
To begin to develop your ability to speak Arabic.
To begin to develop your ability to understand spoken Arabic.
To begin to develop your ability to read and write Arabic.
To begin acquiring a working knowledge of Arabic grammatical structures and to apply these structures in speech and writing.
To begin to develop your functional Arabic vocabulary.
To begin to develop an awareness of various aspects of Arabic culture through
reading and discussion.
This course is an introductory course intended for students with little or no knowledge of the language. Therefore, this course assumes no previous knowledge of the Arabic language.
Brustad, K., M. Al-Batal, and A. Al- Tonsi. (2010) Alif Baa with DVDs, 3rd Edition. [ISBN: 1-58901-632-3].
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