ARAB 121 Arabic I • 5 Cr.
Introduces the Arabic alphabet, numbers, and fundamentals of the vocabulary and grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are addressed. Interactive multimedia tools are used to develop skills in active listening and oral communication. Language learning is coordinated with exposure to Arab culture.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- • Read for comprehension the Arabic alphabet and numbers comfortably, both printed and handwritten
- Pronounce Arabic letters fluently and write them clearly
- Possess a basic Arabic vocabulary of around 250 words
- Employ basic forms such as sentences that in English require the verb "to be," plurals, negatives, possessives, the correct articles and demonstratives, gender
- Conjugate several verbs in the first person, 2nd person masculine, and 3rd persons masc. & fem.
- Understand the information being asked for in questions (who, where, etc.)
- Use appropriate vocabulary and expressions for introductions, greetings, and farewells
- Identify and locate Arabic-speaking countries
- Use reading strategies to understand simple, short texts
- Use a few basic expressions from Egyptian Colloquial Arabic