Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Anjum, Zafar
Discipline and Number
ARAB 1311 Section 001
TR Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
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 CDs/DVDs.


The Arabic alphabet (writing and sounds), Sun and Moon letters,
short vowels and diacritics, feminine markers, greetings and introductions, basic
vocabulary, masculine and feminine nouns and adjectives, the definite article,
nationalities and affiliations, asking questions, personal pronouns, plural of nouns,
nominal sentence: subject and predicate, genitive construction, possessive pronouns, the
present tense, verbal sentence and various cultural aspects will be covered in this class.


-To pronounce the Arabic vowels, consonants correctly.
-To pronounce Arabic words correctly, paying special attention to short and long
-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.

Required Texts:

Brustad, K., M. Al-Batal, and A. Al- Tonsi. (2010) Alif Baa with DVDs, 3rd Edition. [ISBN: 1-58901-632-3 ]

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

NO pre-requisit is required for this introductory course; ARAB 1311

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