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Arabic for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part IV

Open to: Grades 2 - 6

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Arabic for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part III 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)

Course Code: ARL4

Course Description


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:

  • Read and write short paragraphs
  • Describe daily activities
  • Simple grammar
  • Ask questions
  • Use daily expressions in appropriate cultural contexts
  • Use different ways of greetings
  • Describe the culture in Middle Eastern countries
  • Practice proper Arab etiquette.

Interactive virtual online sessions are held twice per week for one hour in the evenings (both ET and PT). 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.

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 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

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Week 1

  • Recall and recognize concepts from Arabic for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part III

Week 2

  • Express time in hours and minutes
  • Express time in a.m and p.m
  • Express half past, quarter past, and twenty past

Week 3

  • Describe my daily activities
  • Differentiate between past and present tense verb formation
  • Identify the prefixes needed to change present tense verb forms for singular pronouns
  • Change verbs from past to present

Week 4

  • Ask and answer questions in the present tense
  • Name the main meals of the day
  • Construct sentences using present tense verbs
  • Identify modes of transportation 

Week 5

  • Negate present tense verbs
  • Ask and answer questions about daily activities
  • Identify the prefixes needed to change present tense verb forms for plural pronouns

Week 6

  • Recall and recognize concepts from weeks 1-5 to prepare for the midterm exam

Week 7

  • Change adjectives to the comparative and superlative form
  • Construct sentences using the comparative and superlative form of adjectives
  • Compare objects using adjectives 

Week 8

  • Conduct a conversation using comparative and superlative adjectives
  • Compare events in the past and present
  • Express events in the past using “was”

Week 9

  • Identify appropriate attached pronouns with the conjunction “but”
  • Conduct a simple conversation about school and education
  • Express a range of times using “from” and “until”

Week 10

  • Identify the different types of sentences (verbal and nominal)
  • Differentiate between word order and structure for verbal and nominal sentences

Week 11

  • Name the months of the year
  • Express plans in the future tense

Week 12

  • Recall and recognize concepts from weeks 1-11 to prepare for the final exam


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.



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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."