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Arabic Language, Intermediate, Part I (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, 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)

Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year

Course Code: AR21

Course Description


This course is designed to enhance a student's listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students create conversational dialogues to perform in their virtual classroom and present their own cultural tours using Arabic words. Students learn advanced vocabulary and grammar and become more familiar with Arabic dialects.

During this course, the student will:

  • Read texts on several topics, and become more comfortable reading Arabic.
  • Develop linguistic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing and understanding the cultural content of the Arabic language.
  • Learn the meanings of new words from vocabulary and cultural context.
  • Practice asking questions using Arabic Question tools.
  • Learn to understand words and phrases that are common in some Arabic dialects in addition to learning formal Arabic as they continue to gain proficiency in distinguishing differences between standard Arabic and Arabic as spoken in various Arabic countries.
  • Take class tours to learn about the past, the future, the beautiful scenery, and the individuality of different Arabic countries.
  • Learn about Arabic customs and culture, including how to interact with the people and how to ask questions.
  • Learn more about Arabic families, including various family members and family customs.

Online courses are held twice per week. Students interact with the instructors and other students using Internet-based software. Interactive virtual online sessions are held in the evenings (both EST and PST). A school's need to hold daytime sessions for its students will be honored whenever possible.

Separate conversations between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually.

Materials Needed

Students will need a headset with microphone. A microphone with an on-off switch is preferred.

In addition, a textbook is required for this course:

Ahlan Wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners by Mahdi  Alosh, Yale University Press. Second Edition revised with Allen Clark. 

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

Oxford Picture Dictionary English/Arabic

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

  1. Attached pronouns (third person and plural)
  2. More about relative nouns
  3. Adjective and following the gender of the noun
  4. Familiar objects at home
  5. Familiar objects at college
  6. Arabic names
  7. Object of verbs
  8. Ordinal numbers
  9. Pronouns of separation
  10. Terms of address
  11. Expressing regrets and apology
  12. Expressing lack of knowledge
  13. Inquiring about describing an activity or object
  14. Requesting and declining things politely
  15. Attached pronouns suffix to the verbs
  16. Food or drink
  17. Describing daily activity
  18. Sound masculine plural
  19. Sound feminine plural
  20. Broken plural
  21. Idafa structure revised
  22. Days of the week, writing the dates
  23. Colors and making more sentences about colors
  24. More about nominal sentences
  25. More about fruit and vegetables and food names and recipes
  26. More about Arabic countries and culture
  27. Arabic Proverbs


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 for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch 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.


CTY Online Programs Foreign Language - Comments and Feedback from Students, Parents, and Teachers



"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."