101-102-103. Beginning Modern Standard Arabic I, II, & III
Introduction to the Arabic alphabet, pronunciation and a survey of grammar. Facility in speaking and understanding spoken Modern Standard Arabic is stressed. Readings emphasize contemporary life in Arabic-speaking countries. The 101-102 and 103-205 sequences are offered in alternate years.
101. Beginning Modern Standard Arabic I
Students will master the Arabic alphabet and sound systems, be able to distinguish and pronounce all Arabic sounds and write accurately from dictation. Modern Standard Arabic will be stressed, but speaking components will be done mostly in dialect. Students will be able to ask for basic information, initiate social interactions, learn basic cultural aspects of the Arabic-speaking world, and be able to speak about themselves, their education, and their immediate family with any native speaker.
102. Beginning Modern Standard Arabic II
Students will expand their grammer and vocabulary knowledge and be able to speak about the weather, food, eating at a restaurant, hobbies, the Arabic number system and economy and society. Comprehension of longer and more complicated written texts and audio/video segments on familiar topics will be stressed. Students will also increase their knowledge of Islamic and other Arabic-speaking societies, Islam and music from the region. The Hans-Wehr English-to-Arabic Dictionary will also be introduced.
103. Beginning Modern Standard Arabic III
Students will begin to master Arabic verb roots and patterns, the use of the Hans-Wehr Dictionary and more complex grammatical concepts. Texts and other media will increase in difficulty and expand their scope beyond familiar topics.
205. Intermediate Arabic
Continued development of linguistic and cultural competence in Arabic. Prerequisite: ARA 103.
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