ARBC110 Elementary Arabic I
Department of Language & Literature: Arabic
Course Number and TitleARBC110 Elementary Arabic I
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationStudents spend between six and nine hours per week outside of class in activities such as learning vocabulary, reading, completing written exercises, working on pronunciation, preparing oral presentations, and working with multimedia resources that accompany the text.
Catalog Course DescriptionThis is an interactive course in which students acquire basic knowledge of the Arabic language as well as Middle Eastern culture. Students read, pronounce, write, and understand basic Arabic words. Cultural background is included.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- demonstrate a degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing;
- recognize and respond appropriately to the most common spoken situations;
- demonstrate ability to count in Arabic; and
- explain some common aspects of life in the Arabic-speaking countries.
- Core (if applicable) Category I:
- compare, contrast, analyze and/or defend differing world views and practices.
- articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will be able to:
International, Gender, and/or Minority PerspectivesStudents will be able to:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:Grammatical topics:
- introduction to the Arabic script and sounds
- pronunciation of diacritic signs
- pronunciation of long and short vowels
- introduction to the Arabic numerals
- pronunciation of formal and spoken language
- definite article – part 1
Vocabulary and social contexts: Students examine the formal social function of language in the Middle East and its similarities to and differences from the function of similar language in their native tongue through their mastery of
- greetings and goodbyes
- introducing friends and family
- making requests
- forms of address – part 1
- levels of formality
- basic geography of the Middle East – part 1
- comparison and contrast of family relationships in the Middle East and those of cultures familiar to the students
- analysis of the role of cultural practices such as the “coffee hour”
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Students:
- take quizzes and tests;
- complete written assignments, such as writing words using short and long vowels;
- perform listening comprehension exercises;
- participate in oral interviews and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.
- Core (if applicable)
- Cultural Perspectives: Students take quizzes or tests or complete sections of quizzes or tests that examine the cultural topics presented in the course and in which they compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices of some Arabic-speaking people.
- International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives: Students take quizzes or tests or complete sections of quizzes or tests in which they articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Instructors employ text, workbook, multimedia files, and internet resources of first-year proficiency-based Arabic program. See course format.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Approval/Revision Date: Approved N/A; Revised 09/2012