ARBC110 Elementary Arabic I

Department of Language & Literature: Arabic

I. Course Number and Title
ARBC110 Elementary Arabic I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

Students 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.

This course meets the General Education requirement in Arts/Humanities.
This course meets the General Education requirement in Diversity.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This 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.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate a degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing [Arts/Humanities];
    2. recognize and respond appropriately to the most common spoken situations;
    3. demonstrate ability to count in Arabic; and
    4. explain some common aspects of life in the Arabic-speaking countries [Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Grammatical topics:

    1. introduction to the Arabic script and sounds
    2. pronunciation of diacritic signs
    3. pronunciation of long and short vowels
    4. introduction to the Arabic numerals
    5. pronunciation of formal and spoken language
    6. 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

    1. greetings and goodbyes
    2. introducing friends and family
    3. making requests
    4. forms of address--part 1
    5. levels of formality

    Cultural contexts:

    1. basic geography of the Middle East--part 1
    2. comparison and contrast of family relationships in the Middle East and those of cultures familiar to the students
    3. analysis of the role of cultural practices such as the “coffee hour”
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. take quizzes and tests;
    2. complete written assignments, such as writing words using short and long vowels;
    3. perform listening comprehension exercises; and
    4. participate in oral interviews and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.

    Quizzes and tests taken in class include the cultural topics presented in the course. Students articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Instructors employ text, workbook, multimedia files, and internet resources of first-year proficiency-based Arabic program. See course syllabus.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved N/A; Revised 09/2012; New Core 8/2015