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Arabic Language, Advanced, Part I (NCAA Approved)

Open to: Grades 7 - 12

Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score, and successful completion of Arabic Language, Intermediate, Part IV or placement test

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year

Course Code: AR31

Course Description

Description

This course is designed for 7th to 12th grade students who have advanced knowledge of Arabic listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Online classes are held twice per week during the evening, and separate conversational sessions with an instructor are arranged with each student.

In this course, students will:

  • Read texts on several topics and become more familiar and comfortable reading in Arabic.
  • Continue to develop linguistic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and the cultural content of the language.
  • Learn grammar.
  • Practice asking questions using Arabic Question tools.
  • Be introduced to words and phrases that are common in some Arabic dialects. Students will also continue learning to distinguish differences between standard Arabic and spoken Arabic from various Arabic countries.
  • Take class tours into Arabic countries and continue learning about individual countries, their locations, history, food, and unique places to visit in each country.
  • Continue to learn about Arabic customs, including how to interact with people and how to ask for directions.
  • Learn new Arabic proverbs and become more aware of the diversity of the Arabic cultures through literature. Students will also be given a chance to interpret Arabic song lyrics.

Materials Needed

Students will need a headset with microphone. A microphone with an on/off switch is recommended.

A textbook is required for this course:

Ahlan Wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners by Mahdi Alosh. Revised with Allen Clark (Book, DVD, & CD) (Arabic Edition) [Hardcover] (Second Edition, Yale University Press, 2009)


Suggested Resource Material (not required): Oxford Picture Dictionary English/Arabic

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Unit 20

  • Favorite food and sport
  • Colors
  • Habitual and progressive past
  • Comparative nouns with double consonants
  • Weak verbs

Unit 21

  • Geography of the Middle East and the United States
  • Geographical directions
  • Expressing exception
  • The noun كِلا \ كِلتا (both of)

Unit 22

  • Radio and television
  • Expressing obligation
  • Expressing possibility
  • Using لم يعد، ما، أن، بِضع

Unit 23

  • The use of the article فَ
  • Functions of the article قد
  • Substitution
  • The particle إن

Unit 24

  • Family members
  • Comparative and superlative degrees
  • The particles كي & لِ
  • Verbal nouns
  • Writing hamza

Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile appStudents who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.

Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.

 

 

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"My son thoroughly enjoys his Arabic course. In fact, it is his favorite course. The instructor has instilled a passion in him for learning not only the language, but the culture as well! He truly walks around the house speaking Arabic now. I don't understand what he is saying, but I love it!”

"Our family lives in rural America without much way of cultural diversions. When giving my daughter her first JHU CTY catalog, we were surprised but supportive when she picked Arabic. She is now in her 3rd semester and we see her practicing and going to class. However, we have no reference points on really how well she is doing outside of her grades. This all changed the other night.
In the next town over, there is a Greek and Mediterranean restaurant. The waiter, and presumably owner, had a Mediterranean appearance and an indistinguishable accent. When he mentioned he was from Lebanon, I told him that my daughter was learning Arabic. He began to talk with her and she answered quickly. The conversation was over in about 4 sentences but it left the waiter wide eyed. Apparently he used some non-standard conversational words and my daughter followed along and answered appropriately. When he asked me where she was learning Arabic, I told him all about JHU.
I am now talking with my daughter about helping her start an Arabic Club that would meet once month at this restaurant. She is also starting to tutor her 20 year old "cool" cousin on Arabic who has been teaching herself Arabic from a book, but did not know proper pronunciation of the alphabet or words. This too has been very motivational.
I would like to say thank you to you and all the JHU CTY staff. You are changing lives!"

"An enthusiastic teacher, engaging presentations and an overwhelming sense of ease and congeniality at class time have made my daughter's foreign language study both meaningful and memorable."