The Arabic language (العَرَبِيَّة (اللُّغَةُ is the fifth most spoken language and deserves special attention due to its beautiful lexical and grammatical structure, rich vocabulary, and precise phonics. This introductory Arabic course covers the basic concepts of the Arabic language while emphasizing its practical, social and eloquent aspects.
This course is a very basic introduction to the Arabic language. You will learn "survival" words and phrases, as well as how to read and write both words and practical sentences in the Arabic alphabet. Note: We recommend that you bring a recording device to class.
Prior to your course start date, you will receive an email notification outlining how to test and access your online course session and materials. You will meet online at the scheduled day(s) and time to engage in real-time learning. During class time, you will have the opportunity to interact in real-time with your instructor and other class participants. Additionally, you will access resources to facilitate learning and communication through a dedicated class platform (Moodle). Full system requirements for accessing online courses are available on the System requirements page.
After completing this course, the students should have developed a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts in reading, writing, understanding and speaking Arabic. Students are expected to:
Learn the Arabic alphabet in the context of words as soon as possible.
Form simple sentences from the words learnt.
Understand the basic logic of the language.
Learn to communicate and socialize with others in Arabic.
Learn to count and give dates.
Learn about pronouns and positional words too.
Take notes and study them within 24 hours.
Practice what they have learnt in classroom conversations.
Learn about Arabic culture, and the different dialects and their pronunciations, and how they may differ from Standard Arabic, the variety taught in class.
A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund, less a $15 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw within 6 calendar days after the official course start date. Depending on your method of payment, a refund will be either mailed to you or credited to your credit card.
Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology
This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).