Open to: Grades 7 - 12
Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score
Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Course Code: AR11
This course is an introduction to the phonology and script of Modern Standard Arabic and its basic vocabulary and fundamental structure. There will be a focus on simple interactive communicative tasks involving teacher with students and students among themselves. Basic grammar is taught through reading, writing and speaking skills. It will introduce students to the entire Arabic alphabet: consonants, long vowels, and short vowels. Students will be able to use daily expressions during intensive classroom interaction and out-of-class assignments and conversation with the instructor. The course integrates the basic culture patterns through the use of the four listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will enjoy wonderful online cultural tours to help them learn about Arabic countries and their history, traditions, and food.
Students who have successfully completed Arabic Language, Basic, Part I should be able to:
Online courses are held twice per week. Students interact with the instructors and other students using Internet-based software. Course materials include a textbook, workbook, and CD-ROM purchased separately by the student.
Interactive virtual online sessions are held in the evenings (both EST and PST). A school's need to hold daytime sessions for its students will be honored whenever possible. Separate conversations between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually.
A textbook purchase is required for this course:
Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds [With DVD] (Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program) (Arabic Edition) [Paperback] by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal; Abbas Al-Tonsi.
Students will also need a headset with microphone.
This unit will introduce you to the first four letters of the Arabic Alphabet and to the long and short vowels.
In this unit you will learn three more consonants; they are the next three letters in the alphabet. These letters have the same basic shape.
In this unit you will learn about the second function of the alif and the next four consonants in the alphabet.
In this unit you will learn the symbol for doubling consonants and the next four letters of the alphabet in sequence.
In this unit you will learn about the feminine ending letter and the next four consonants in the alphabet.
In this unit you will learn four new consonants and more vocabulary.
In this unit, you will learn the last three letters of the alphabet, the numbers, and more vocabulary.
In this unit you will learn about the definite article, more about initial hamza, and more vocabulary.
In this unit you will learn the final spelling of alif, and more about writing the consonant hamza.
In this unit you will learn about certain grammatical marks that are used in formal Arabic.
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 app. Students 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.
"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."