ARAB 121 Arabic I • 5 Cr.


Introduces the Arabic alphabet, numbers, and fundamentals of the vocabulary and grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are addressed. Interactive multimedia tools are used to develop skills in active listening and oral communication. Language learning is coordinated with exposure to Arab culture.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • ┬áPronounce sounds, letters, and words using the modern standard Arabic alphabet, mastering the Arabic letters in both the written and the phonetic forms
  • Apply simple grammatical structures to daily communication; describing people, places, and things and common interpersonal transactions and protocols, using courtesy phrases and formal and informal address
  • Identify and discuss components of Arabic culture: history, geography, living space, social interactions, and various Arabic dialects
  • Distinguish both verbal and nominal genders and understand that Arabic is a verb based language. (trilateral root)
  • Write simple paragraphs using the present tense, some prepositions, and simple agreement between nouns and adjectives. Comprehend meaning and understand new words in context