Arabic 111: Elementary Arabic I (5 credit hours)

FALL 2015: Tuesday & Thursday 11:30 a.m.-1: 50 p.m. [CRN: 13461]

This level is intended for students with little or no prior knowledge of Arabic language. It is designed to introduce students to the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and understanding modern standard Arabic.

Course Objectives

  1. To recognize and produce letters and sounds accurately.
  2. To develop proficiency in listening, speaking, writing and reading.
  3. To develop basic communicative skills and practicing grammatical structures.
  4. To express oneself and participate in simple one-to one conversation.
  5. To be familiar with some of the differences between formal and spoken Arabic.
  6. To understand Arab culture through class materials, discussion and internet activities.

Course Materials

  1. Alif Baa, an Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sound (With DVDs), Third Edition, by Brustad, Al-Batal & Al-Tonsi.
  2. Al-kitab fii Taalum Al-Arabia: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic. (With DVDs) Part one, Third Edition, by Brustad, Al-Batal & Al-Tonsi

To understand more Arabic Culture, a variety of outside activities will be held during the semester.

  • Al-Hiwar Hour; The purpose of the "Al-Hiwar Hour"(conversation hour) is to give the opportunity to students to practice Arabic once a week in small groups outside class.
  • Cultural Activities:
    • Lunch at an Arabic restaurant
    • Visit Arabic sites in Wichita
    • Let's make Hummus & Tabuli!
    • Guest speakers
    • Adopt a country presentations
    • Arabic Movie Night

Companion website: www.alkitaabtextbook.com/


Arabic 112: Elementary Arabic II (5 credit hours)

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Arabic I.

Course Objectives

  1. To Develop all language-related skills including reading, listening, speaking, writing, and cultural knowledge.
  2. To initiate and sustain complicated communicative exchange.
  3. To conduct conversations concerning topics related to daily needs and activities to survive in an Arabic speaking setting.
  4. To read basic texts within a limited context of vocabulary and structure.
  5. To write short essays and paragraphs on familiar topics.
  6. To satisfy social demands and limited work requirements.

Course Materials

  1. Al-Kitab fii ta’aalum al-‘Arabiyya: A textbook for Beginning Arabic. (With DVDs) Part one (Third Edition); by Brustad, Al-Batal & Al-Tonsi.
  2. The concise Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary, Hans Wehr, Ithaca.

Companion website: www.alkitaabtextbook.com/


Arabic 210: Intermediate Arabic (5 credit hours)

Continues to develop the four fundamental skills in language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing; emphasizes conversation and cultural readings. Prerequisite: two units of high school Arabic, ARAB112 or departmental consent.