Arabic (AR)

AR 0110 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I3 Credits

The first course, the first of a two-semester sequence, teaches the essentials of phonology, script, structure, and usage, allowing students to acquire the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the standard means of communicating in the Arab world. Teaching is proficiency-based, implying that all activities within the courses are aimed at placing student learners in the context of the native-speaking environment.

AR 0111 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II3 Credits

Prerequisite: AR 0110.

A continuation of AR 0110, this course teaches the essentials of phonology, script, structure, and usage, allowing students to acquire the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the standard means of communicating in the Arab world. Teaching is proficiency-based, implying that all activities within the courses are aimed at placing student learners in the context of the native-speaking environment.

AR 0210 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I3 Credits

Prerequisite: AR 0111.

This course, the first in a two-semester sequence, continues to build upon the skills acquired in the first-year course. Emphasis will be placed upon improving grammar, listening comprehension, and speaking and reading skills. Students will gain confidence in conversing with native speakers on a variety of topics, will be able to write more complex texts on everyday themes, and will acquire the skills to read uncomplicated authentic texts, such as newspaper articles on familiar topics.

AR 0211 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II3 Credits

Prerequisite: AR 0210.

A continuation of AR 0210, this course continues to build upon the skills acquired in the first-year course. Emphasis will be placed upon improving grammar, listening comprehension, and speaking and reading skills. Students will gain confidence in conversing with native speakers on a variety of topics, will be able to write more complex texts on everyday themes, and will acquire the skills to read uncomplicated authentic texts, such as newspaper articles on familiar topics.

AR 0215 Intermediate Intensive Modern Standard Arabic6 Credits

Prerequisite: AR 0111.

This intensive second-year course is designed to build upon skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing developed in earlier elementary courses. Students will acquire a broader range of vocabulary and be introduced to more complex grammatical structures. Students will learn to recognize and understand a wider range of cultural and linguistic components. Students will also increase their proficiency in Arabic script and sound system, and practice more conversation and dictation. Weekly Oral Practice Sessions (OPS) are mandatory.

AR 0220 Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I3 Credits

Prerequisite: AR 0211 or AR 0215.

This course will continue to build on work completed through the intermediate level. Emphasis will be placed upon mastering more advanced grammar, and speaking, listening and reading skills at an Advanced-Low level. Students will gain more confidence in conversing with native speakers on a variety of topics. The course will lead students towards a fairly comprehensive understanding of Arabic language features through the study of a variety of documents (written, audio and video). The selection of documents will also serve as a basis for discussion on some social issues regarding the contemporary Arabic-speaking world, as well as the history and cultural backgrounds. Students are required to attend one weekly one-hour Oral Practice Session (OPS).

AR 0381 Coordinating Seminar3 Credits

Students undertake readings and studies in a specialized area of Arabic language and culture, under the direction of a staff member. Designed to fill the special needs of specific students, this course is offered at the discretion of the department chair.

AR 0382 Coordinating Seminar3 Credits

Students undertake readings and studies in a specialized area of Arabic language and culture, under the direction of a staff member. Designed to fill the special needs of specific students, this course is offered at the discretion of the department chair.