arabic

Arabic Courses

2014-15 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

ARB 121. ELEMENTARY ARABIC I 4 sh
An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic and Middle Eastern culture, this course assumes no prior knowledge. Arabic sounds and the alphabet and writing system are introduced as well as very basic vocabulary and grammar. No prerequisite. 

ARB 122. ELEMENTARY ARABIC II 4 sh
The second semester of a two-semester elementary course in Modern Standard Arabic and Middle Eastern culture, the course is designed for students who have mastered reading and writing Arabic script. Focus is on developing proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Modern Standard Arabic. Students will be introduced to a wide vocabulary and the basic elements of Arabic grammar. Prerequisite: ARB 121 or placement at this level.

ARB 221. INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I 4 sh
This course is designed to reinforce the vocabulary and grammar covered in 121 and 122 through active use in simulated settings. The course builds on prior knowledge to teach advanced vocabulary and grammar necessary for various real life scenarios and communication contexts that are expected in an Arabic speaking environment. The course focuses on proper pronunciation and word selection to help students retrieve and utilize newly acquired knowledge with ease and proficiency. This course is suitable for students who plan to study abroad or visit Arabic speaking countries as well as students working on service projects that serve Arabic speaking individuals. The course also contains a cultural component that explains certain linguistic preferences, recommended word choices, and other speech related etiquette. Prerequisite: ARB 122 or placement at this level.

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