ARAB 123 Arabic III • 5 Cr.


Continues ARAB 121. Recommended: ARAB 122, two years of High School or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Correctly use advanced Arabic grammar and words (gerund and verbal sentences, irregular verbs, conditional tense, verbal nouns, and the imperative)
  • Comprehend and actively participate in complex conversations about daily life situations and basic intellectual topics (religion, politics, culture, etc.)
  • Read Arabic material of limited complexity and carry out written transactions and simple correspondence connected to daily life; write notes, short letters, journals and compositions describing an event or personal experience
  • Correctly use more complex forms and grammatical structures of Modern Standard Arabic, including the imperative mood
  • Read and comprehend text without the diacritical marks using Kana and its sisters and Inna and its sisters to navigate the text
  • Correctly use the passive voice, negating verbs in both the present and the past tense, and negating nouns
  • Use the Arabic dictionary and explain how it differs from the English one
  • Identify basic cultural information introduced in theme-specific vocabulary, photographs, and authentic video material centered on the Arabic-speaking world as well as explain, in English, culturally-embedded ways of thinking, behaving and seeing the world expressed in the Arabic-speaking world, and how these new insights inform your perspective on your own culture