Arabic Overview & Courses
We do not currently offer a major track, minor, or certificate program in Arabic.
Courses offered Fall Semester 2014 are highlighted; details can be found in the Class Schedule.
Elementary Arabic I
This course is an introduction to Arabic through a communicative approach. The language is learned in a thematic context, based on real-life situations. Listening comprehension and basic speaking skills are emphasized, but reading and writing the Arabic alphabet are also taught, as well as important elements of Arab culture and civilization.
Elementary Arabic II
A continuation of ARBC 101. Emphasis is on extending skills in spoken Arabic within the context of real-life situations. A greater amount of reading and writing is included, based on authentic material from Arab culture and civilization. Prerequisite: ARBC 101 with a grade of C or better.
Intermediate Arabic I
A continuation of ARBC 102. The course will include a survey of more advanced grammar; emphasis will be on developing listening comprehension and on increasing conversational fluency in the language. There will be more reading of prose texts reflecting aspects of Arab culture and civilization. Prerequisite: ARBC 102 with a grade of C or better.
Intermediate Arabic II
This course develops a more precise and coherent use of the Modern Standard Arabic language. It develops the speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills, with more focus on syntax, morphology and grammar. Students will be involved in meaningful, functional communication through interactive activities that might be encountered in real life complex situations. The course will include a variety of reading and writing activities taken from materials representative of cultural topics. Prerequisite: ARBC 201 with a grade of C or better.
Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I
Arabic 301 is the first part of a third-year sequence in Modern Standard Arabic. This course is designed to help students reach a high standard of proficiency in Arabic, by strengthening their reading-comprehension skills, expanding their vocabulary repertoire in media and poetry, enhancing their translation skills from Arabic to English and vise versa, refining and rebuilding their knowledge of sentence construction, and finally broadening their knowledge about the history of the Arabic poetry and literature. Prerequisite: ARBC 202 with a grade of C or better.
Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II
Arabic 302 is the second part of a third-year sequence in Modern Standard Arabic. This course is a continuation to what was learned in the previous semester (Arabic 301). It is designed to help students reach a high standard of proficiency in Arabic, by strengthening their reading-comprehension skills, expanding on their vocabulary repertoire, refining and expanding their knowledge of sentence construction and the Arabic verb system, and finally broadening their knowledge of Arabic and Islamic culture. Prerequisite: ARBC 301 with a grade of C or better.
Introduction to Arabic Dialects
This course gives students a basic understanding of the linguistics of the Arabic dialects, and of the theory and practice of Arabic dialectology; to give them a solid foundation for future in-depth study of Egyptian (masri), Levantine (shami), or Moroccan (darija) Arabic; and to give them the tools to enable them to independently acquire communicative competence in other Arabic dialects they might encounter in the course of their studies and beyond. Prerequisite: ARBC 202 with a grade of C or better.
For further information about the MLLI Arabic program, please contact Arabic area coordinator Samir El Omari.