Arabic: Introductory

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Course description

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.

Learning objectives

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.

World Language courses are offered three times per year:

  • September (registration opens in June)
  • January (registration opens in November)
  • April (registration opens in November)

Prerequisites

No prior knowledge about Arabic is required for this course.

Textbooks:

Course manual will be provided in class (mandatory)

Read and Speak Arabic for Beginners by McGraw-Hill (optional) - available in UVic Bookstore

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