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Arabic for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part I

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 IV 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: ARL5

Course Description


The Arabic for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part I course is the fifth course of the Elementary Series. Students continue to learn sentence formation, grammar, vocabulary and cultural aspects of Arabic speaking countries. The course syllabus provides a course outline that may help each student manage his or her study time more efficiently when studying for the class. The syllabus acts only as a guide, however, and students are free to study based on the instructor's guidance. 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. Practice, practice, practice—practicing is the key to learning any new language.

Once students have successfully completed Part I of the Arabic for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, course, they should be able to:

  • Read and write longer paragraphs.
  • Describe daily activities applying correct grammar.
  • Ask questions.
  • Use daily expressions in appropriate cultural contexts
  • Describe the culture in Middle Eastern countries.
  • Communicate in Arabic using practical and high-frequency vocabulary.
  • Students will be enjoying wonderful culture tours every week. These tours will help them gain good knowledge of the Arabic countries, their history, traditions, and food.
  • Students will be able to participate in extra fun game nights that are available to review the lessons.

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. In addition, the following books are required for this course:

  • Practice Makes Perfect: Arabic Verb Tenses, Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar. ISBN 9780071756365
  • I Learn Arabic Simplified Curriculum Textbook: Level 3, Dr. Al Habeeb Al Affass. ISBN: 9782355400261
  • I Learn Arabic Simplified Curriculum Workbook: Level 3, Dr. Al Habeeb Al Affass. ISBN: 9782355400278

Recommended: Although an Arabic-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.

Software Installations:

Skype — a FREE phone communication software
Skype is an Internet phone communication software that allows students to talk to their instructors and teacher’s assistant at any time of the day for free. If students do not already have an account with Skype, an account can easily be obtained after the initial installation of the software.
Zoom — virtual meeting software
Students will access the online classroom from a link sent by TA via email.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Week 1

  • Recall and recognize concepts from Arabic for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part IV
  • Describe where I live (home and town)
  • Conduct a conversation about my home and town
  • Differentiate between the different types of 3-letter word roots
  • Extract the root letters from different words

Week 2

  • Describe the objects in a room
  • Name the different objects inside a house
  • Differentiate between the different types of 4-letter word roots
  • Classify words into the different parts of speech

Week 3

  • Name immediate and distant family members
  • Describe the members of a family
  • Classify sentences as verbal or nominal sentences
  • Identify appropriate adjectives to describe nouns

Week 4

  • Disuses hobbies and interests
  • Conduct a conversation about a favorite hobby
  • Categorize singular and plural pronouns
  • Change the subject of a sentence to an appropriate pronoun (subject pronouns)

Week 5

  • Conduct a conversation about where someone is from
  • Name the basic shapes
  • Change singular nouns and adjectives to the dual form
  • Use appropriate adjectives forms for non-living plurals 

Week 6

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

Week 7

  • Express time when discussing an activity
  • Ask and answer questions about the time of certain activities or events
  • Identify appropriate attached pronouns to describe possession in the singular and plural forms  

Week 8

  • Discuss activities and actions using specific time periods
  • Ask and answer questions about actions during a specific time period
  • Describe what someone owns or has
  • Attach appropriate pronouns to express ownership

Week 9

  • Name some popular foods in Arab culture
  • Identify the main ingredients in popular Arab dishes
  • Recall how to ask and answer questions using the main questioning words
  • Ask questions using the question marker أ

Week 10

  • Conduct a conversation about food in a restaurant
  • Choose the appropriate questioning word in different situations
  • Create appropriate questions when presented with responses

Week 11

  • Describe the daily activities of a student’s life
  • Ask and answer questions about a student’s life
  • Use past tense verbs with different pronouns 

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!”

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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. I would like to say thank you to you and all the JHU CTY staff. You are changing lives!"

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