101. Elementary Arabic with Lab.
An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic and Arab culture, for students who have never studied Arabic. The course begins with an introduction to Arabic sounds and letters. The teaching and learning emphasizes the functional use of Arabic and communication in context by means of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course also introduces students to aspects of Arabic culture and everyday life in the Middle East. At the end of the course, students will be able to read and write Arabic at a basic level. Also offered through African Studies. This course meets one of two Diversity (DIV13) requirements.
102. Elementary Arabic with Lab.
This is a continuation of Arabic 101. Students learn to differentiate among verbs, nouns and adjectives and to conjugate verbs in the present and the past. Emphasis is on the four communication skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Understanding of more complex elements of Arabic culture and writing is stressed. Prerequisite: Arabic 101 or equivalent. Also offered through African Studies.
103. Intermediate Arabic with Lab.
This course is geared toward consolidating skills gained in Arabic 101 and 102 while enhancing the ability to converse and conduct oneself in Arabic. Reading skills are enhanced by exposure to more sophisticated examples of literature. Original written expression is encouraged through composition of short essays. Prerequisite: Arabic 102 or equivalent. Also offered through African Studies.
104. Intermediate Arabic with Lab.
This course focuses on expressing yourself: telling about your experiences, expressing opinions and wishes, presenting persuasive speeches. Social roles are practiced and many cultural topics are discussed. Grammar is systematically reviewed. The course involves reading and discussing biographies, geographies, national and religious holidays, and traditions of the Arab World. Arabic media (movies, songs and online resources) supplement readings, expanding contexts and vocabulary for further interaction in Arabic. Prerequisite: Arabic 103 or equivalent. Also offered through African Studies.
201. Advanced Arabic (occasionally taught)
In this course we focus on Arabic at the advanced level through in-depth examination of grammar, and reading of selected texts to develop the student’s ability in the critical oral and written analysis of integral literary texts. The colloquial Arabic will be introduced (Lebanese). Many cultural subjects will be covered as many films will be discussed and analyzed. Offered occasionally.
489-490: Senior Year Experience (SYE)