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Arabic Language, Advanced, Part II (NCAA Approved)

Open to: Grades 7 - 12

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Arabic Language, Advanced, Part I or placement test

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

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

Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year

Course Code: AR32

Course 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:

  • Arrange sentences using the correct grammar
  • Express possession, what they have and do not have
  • Express obligation using correct Arabic grammar
  • Talk about future plans or schedules and write their own agendas
  • Read, write, and narrate short stories
  • Create short personal letters, emails, invitations, and notes
  • Name their favorite hobbies and talk about their interests
  • List names of Arabic foods and state their ingredients
  • Locate a place on the map and explain the directions to a specific location
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Arabic culture, products, and practices
  • Create recipes for Arabic food
  • Conduct an interview with a family touring an Arabic site
  • Recall Arabic Idioms and proverbs
  • Name the shapes in Arabic
  • Name fruits and vegetables in Arabic
  • Recite the months and seasons in Arabic
  • Describe people, objects, and places
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Arabic music, songs, singers, and instruments
  • Describe their family members and friends
  • Analyze Arabic advertisements and billboards
  • Read autobiographies of Arab celebrities and write their own autobiographies
  • Be introduced to some words and phrases that are common in some Colloquial Arabic dialects. They will continue learning to distinguish the differences between standard Arabic and spoken Arabic from various Arabic countries.
  • Ask for and give instructions using imperative verbs and advice and be able to read road or hotel instructions.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students will also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor and teaching assistant. View the schedule for class meeting times. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.

Materials Needed

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

A textbook is also required for the course:

Ahlan wa Sahlan-Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Intermediate Learners, Second Edition. 

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

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Unit One

  • Introduction to announcement and advertisements
  • Identifying meaning of Arabic sign and billboard
  • Conditional sentences using إذا
  • Defective Nouns
  • Nouns with Verbal Force
  • Imperative Verbs – Negating Imperative verbs
  • Active Participle
  • Passive Participle
  • The Passive Voice
  • Multiple Idhafa
  • Revisiting Present Verb Conjugations
  • Students will do four quizzes and four assignments with this unit
  • Including info-graphic project

Unit Two

  • Learning how to describe yourself and others
  • Expressing your hobbies, pastimes, likes and dislikes
  • Carpentry and its tools
  • Entertainment
  • Familiarization with essential elements of letter writing
  • Expressing wishes using لو
  • Describing hobbies and professions
  • Using Al masdar
  • Verb agent agreement
  • Using لدى
  • Using Redundant ما
  • Using the set of كان و أخواتها
  • Revisiting Past Verb Conjugations
  • Introduction to Arabic Musical Instruments and pastime
  • Students will do four quizzes and four assignments with this unit
  • Including biography writing project

Unit Three

  • Shapes
  • Dining table and utensils
  • Learning how to follow written recipes
  • Learning how to describe food
  • Arabic Food
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Describing size and measurements
  • Introduction to giving and receiving instructions
  • Grammar: Expressing obligation using يجب
  • Explaining the use of preposition بـِ
  • Adverbial use of ordinal numbers
  • Revisiting imperative
  • Descriptive Idhafa
  • Using the particle ما

Unit Four

  • Learning to give directions
  • Drawing maps
  • Arabic World map
  • Incorporating letter writing phrases’
  • Introduction to idioms
  • Creating emphasis with absolute object
  • Conditions with إن
  • Future Time سـ سوف
  • Nominal sentence
  • Negative sentence using لن
  • Negative sentence using لا
  • Negative sentence using غير
  • Negative sentence using ما
  • Imperative in the Answer Clause
  • The answer Clause as a nominal sentence
  • Answer sentence introduced by ربما
  • Use of حتى
  • Tag question with أليس كذلك
  • Culture: Significant street names
  • Learning how to congratulate someone

Other Topics

  • Arabic Currency
  • At the store
  • At the restaurants
  • At the market
  • Revisiting: The calendar, seasons, and weather
  • Arabic proverbs
  • Transportations
  • Arabic stories


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.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

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.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.



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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!”

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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.
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