Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Anjum, Zafar
Discipline and Number
ARAB 1312 Section 001
TR Time 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Beginning Arabic II

Description of Course:


This is Beginning Arabic II Language course intended for students who successfully completed the prerequisites (ARAB 1311). Its aim is to enable students to carry out written and spoken daily life transactions. This course will enable students to express themselves, paraphrase if necessary, and be familiar with some of the differences between formal and spoken Arabic. Customs and cultural insights are also presented.

It covers the Arabic script and sound system, some advanced 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. Drills in reading, writing, listening and speaking Arabic are enhanced by the use of CDs/DVDs.

The Nisba (affiliation) Adjective, Interrogative particles, Two different formats of telling
names in Arabic, subject, object and possessive pronouns, Plural Verb conjugation, Noun
Plurals and plural patterns, The iDaafa “construct phrase” (a relationship of possession or
belonging), Main verbs and Dependent verbs, different forms of verbs including base
form verbs, Nominal and Verbal Sentences, subject and predicate, Adverbs, Days of the
week, “maSdar” literally the source (the abstract idea of an action that has no time
reference), complex sentences, present or incomplete tense, past tense and its negation,
roots and patterns, use of the Arabic dictionary, numbers from 11-100, non-human plural
agreement, subject-verb agreement, The Superlative degree, Fronted Predicate and
various cultural aspects such as construction of Arabic families, the rich regional cuisines
of the Arabic food, education system in Arabic universities etc. will also be covered in
this class.


-To continue to develop your ability to speak, write and understand Arabic.
-To continue acquiring a working knowledge of Arabic grammatical structures
and to apply these structures in speech and writing.
-To correct persisting pronunciation problems and continue practice of the spoken
-To pronounce Arabic words and full sentences correctly.
-To develop your functional Arabic vocabulary.
-To be familiar with some of the differences between formal and spoken Arabic
-To develop an awareness of various aspects of Arabic culture through reading and

Required Texts:


Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-Arabiyya
A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One, 3rd Edition
By: Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi (2010)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Prerequisite: Completion of ARAB 1311 or equivalent course in Arabic at other institution.

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