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Open to: Grades 2 - 6
Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score, and successful completion of Arabic for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part III or placement test
Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: ARL4
This course is designed to expand and improve students’ proficiency in written and spoken modern standard Arabic. Students explore a variety of aspects of the Arab culture through readings, cultural tours, and videos. Readings will focus on the history, customs and traditions, and modern life in Arab cultures, aiding students in gaining effective communicative capabilities. The textbook used in this course introduces students to more detailed concepts in Arabic grammar that will improve their writing skills and accuracy and fluency when reading Arabic text found in newspapers and academic books.
Students who have successfully completed Arabic for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part IV should be able to:
Interactive virtual online sessions are held twice per week for one hour in the evenings (both EST and PST). Separate conversations between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually. Students interact with the instructor and other students using Internet-based software.
Students will need a headset with microphone. A textbook and workbook are required for this course:
Mastering Arabic 1 with 2 Audio CDs: Third Edition (Arabic Edition)
Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book: Practice for Beginners (Arabic) Second Edition
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."