Open to: Grades 2 - 6
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: ARL1
This course is designed for students without any prior exposure to the Arabic language and culture. The course covers eight topics about everyday life, such as the home, clothes, animals, and useful expressions. It takes a fun, interactive approach with course materials appropriate to elementary school children. Students will enjoy wonderful online cultural tours to help them learn about Arabic countries and their history, traditions, and food. Students will learn to sing a few Arabic songs and interact with the instructors and other students using Internet-based software. The course not only gives young students a great start to learning 100 key Arabic words, but also provides helpful ways to expand their reading vocabulary. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of all materials provided to them in hopes of aiding their learning and retention of the new language. Students will also be offered the opportunity of participating in fun games to practice their lessons.
Students who have successfully completed Arabic for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part I 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. Course materials include a textbook, workbook, and CD-ROM purchased separately by the student.
Students will need a headset with microphone. Students are also required to purchase a textbook and workbook for this course:
Mastering Arabic 1 with 2 Audio CDs: Third Edition (Arabic Edition). Wightwick, Jane and Gaafar, Mahmoud.
Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book: Practice For Beginners. Second Edition (Arabic Edition). Wightwick, Jane and Gaafar, Mahmoud.
This unit will introduce you to the first group of the Arabic Alphabet and to the short vowels.
ب ت ث ن ي
In this unit you will learn the second group of the Arabic Alphabet as well as putting words together and conversation.
و ز ر ذ د ا
In this unit you will learn the third group of the Arabic Alphabet, simple sentences and family members.
ج ح خ ه م
In this unit you will learn the fourth group of the Arabic Alphabet, plural, jobs, etc.
س ش ص ض
In this unit you will learn the fifth group of the Arabic Alphabet, describing things, everyday objects, possessive endings, indefinite and definite.
ل ك ق ف
In this unit you will learn the last group of the Arabic Alphabet, sun letters, asking questions, hamza and conversation.
غ ع ظ ط
In this unit you will learn describing places, Idafa structure, group words, plural, and describing your town.
In this unit we will review and practice!
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."