Open to: Grades 2-12
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Arabic for Elementary Students, Intermediate, Part III, Arabic Language, Intermediate, Part III, or 2 years of Arabic
Course Length: 5 weeks (Fall Intersession, Spring Intersession, Summer Intersession)
Course Code: ARA1
This intersession course will introduce students to classic Arabic short stories. Kalilah wa Dimna features a collection of fables that students will find enjoyable and entertaining. The course is intended to build students’ confidence in the Arabic language as students will learn new vocabulary words, practice reading, and become more familiar with basic Arab cultural knowledge. It will also further enhance the development of language skills at the advanced level.
Students will have the opportunity to practice and improve all areas of language use. Students will read stories with a clear thematic structure, identifying the beginning, end, and plot of the stories. Weekly story discussions will aim to strengthen and improve students’ reading, comprehension, and listening skills.
Students will attend online lectures once a week via Zoom. The lectures are one-hour long and will be held in the evenings. Lectures are meant for students to better learn and to retain the new vocabulary, reading, and cultural material associated with each reading, and to also provide students with the opportunity to virtually interact with their instructor and/or peers. There will be two separate lectures for students in grades 2-6 and students in grades 7-12.
This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students may also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor to answer questions or concerns. 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.
Students will need a headset with microphone. In addition, students will need the following book:
Tales from Kalilah Wa Dimna: For Students of Arabic. Retold by Munther A Younes.
Although an Arabic-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.
The Lion and His Friends, Part 1
The Lion and His Friends, Part 2
ابن آوى و الأسد و الحمار
The Jackal, The Lion, and the Donkey
السائح و الصائغ
The Tourist and the Jeweler, Part 1
السائح و الصائغ
The Tourist and the Jeweler, Part 2
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.
“I enjoy the course very much. The individual attention during class makes it a very enjoyable hour, and the friendliness and relaxed atmosphere make class something to look forward to each week. I can’t wait to continue with the next level!”
"My son's foreign language instructor has had the challenging task of forging bonds with her students without being face-to-face with them in a classroom on a daily basis, while teaching them a language quite different from their native tongue. She has inspired our son with her enthusiasm, her expertise, and her extraordinary conscientiousness, kindness, tolerance, and patience. I have rarely had the pleasure and honor of being the parent of a student with a teacher who goes so far above and beyond."
"I really like this course, and I love the way the teacher teaches it. Her style of teaching makes it easier and more fun to participate."