Arabic is taught via video conferencing. The students report to a conference time during a regular class period, and the instructor guides them through the lesson and interacts in real-time.
First year Arabic helps students to attain novice level proficiency in the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing Modern Standard Arabic. Students acquire basic communication skills and the ability to introduce themselves, exchange culturally appropriate greetings, identify everyday objects, construct simple sentences, express their likes and dislikes, use basic grammar structures and more. Students will also learn about the rich history, customs and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. The emphasis of this course is on building a foundation for future Arabic studies.
Second year Arabic builds on the foundations created in Arabic 1. In this course students will deepen their knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and become familiar with Egyptian Standard Arabic (ESA). They will further develop their skills in the interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication in both MSA and ESA. Students will read and listen to basic authentic materials. There will be an increased focus on grammar and writing while expanding students’ vocabulary and cultural knowledge.