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Arabic Readers' Series: Advanced

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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 Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 5 weeks (Fall Intersession, Spring Intersession, Summer Intersession)

Course Code: ARA1

Course Description


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 Adobe Connect. 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.

Materials Required

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.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Week 1

الأسد وأصحابه
The Lion and His Friends, Part 1

Week 2

القرد والغيلم
The Lion and His Friends, Part 2

Week 3

ابن آوى و الأسد و الحمار
The Jackal, The Lion, and the Donkey

Week 4

السائح و الصائغ
The Tourist and the Jeweler, Part 1

Week 5

السائح و الصائغ
The Tourist and the Jeweler, Part 2

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.




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