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2023-2024 Official General Catalog 
2023-2024 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

ARA 101 - Beginning Arabic I

This is a comprehension-based foundation course with an emphasis on developing communicative strategies in Arabic.  The course introduces grammar and the skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing and provides exposure to Arabic culture and peoples.  Students will study a wide range of subjects in class, using audio-visual as well as audio and written materials, to consolidate the use of the four communicative skills (reading, writing, speaking, and hearing).  Attention will be given to the mastering of the Arabic alphabet, Arabic pronunciation, basic grammatical structures in Arabic, and initial Arabic vocabulary.  Topics/skills covered at this level include communication in everyday situations (through role-play) and the comprehension of short, simple texts.

Credits: 4
4 Class Hours
Appropriate course for beginners. Heritage speakers and native speakers of Arabic should not enroll in ARA 101. Students with 3 or more years of high school Arabic should contact the Department Chair to discuss proper placement.

Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Write their names and make greetings in Arabic at the beginners level.
  2. Use the present tense of simple verbs as well as articles, possessive and demonstrative adjectives, interrogative expressions, numbers, and expressions for time and weather.
  3. Describe simple actions in the present.
  4. Write simple sentences based on addressing chapter topics and vocabulary.
  5. Formulate simple questions and answers in Arabic.
  6. Recognize gender and plural inflection in Arabic.
  7. Speak about themselves in short sentences in Arabic.
  8. Tell time and count to a hundred in Arabic.
  9. Read newspaper headlines in Arabic.
  10. Discuss the ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity of Arabic culture.