Modern Standard Arabic

Modern Standard Arabic

MSA

Modern Standard Arabic courses from novice to advanced levels

As its name indicates, MSA is the modern counterpart of Classical Arabic. It is the official language of 22 Arab countries where it is used in the oral and written form on all formal occasions. The main difference between MSA and Classical Arabic lies in the vocabulary. MSA reflects the needs of contemporary expression whereas Classical Arabic reflects the needs of older styles.

At Arab Academy we offer:
  • Modern Standard Arabic for adults

  • Modern Standard Arabic for teens (middle and high school students)

  • Modern Standard Arabic for children


Course Outline for Arabic 100

Course Description

Arabic 100 is for learners with no prior knowledge of Arabic. It presents an introduction to the Arabic sound system and script. Pronunciation and writing of every letter is given separately and in the context of words and simple sentences. While the course aims at teaching the alphabet, it is not limited to that. It is very rich in cultural and historical information related to the Arab people.

Learning Outcomes for the Course

By the completion of Arabic 100, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between the Arabic letters in their oral and written forms;
  2. Write words and sentences accurately from dictation;
  3. Use words to identify objects around them;
  4. Form simple questions;
  5. Respond to simple questions;
  6. Produce some sentences used in daily life situations

Knowledge

This course covers the following knowledge areas:

  • The Alphabet
  • Greetings and introductions
  • Colors and numbers
  • Time, days & months
  • Weather and seasons
  • Social life and activities

Assessment Overview

The following are the components of the evaluation criteria for the course:

  • Online activities (40%)
  • Writing assignments (20%)
  • Tests (40%)

Course Outline for Arabic 101

Course Description

This course is designed for students who know the Arabic alphabet and nothing or very little beyond it. It revolves around daily life situations that students encounter. At the end of the course students will be able to communicate with native speakers on a number of everyday life situations that include ordering food, talking about daily routines, asking for and giving directions, shopping and asking for prices. They will have some understanding of the basic structures of Modern Standard Arabic.

Learning Outcomes for the Course

By the completion of Arabic Level 101, students will be able to:

  1. Initiate social interactions: initiate and respond to simple situations.
  2. Talk about themselves, their names, jobs, friends.
  3. Describe people, talk about how they look and feel.
  4. Exchange basic information with strangers.
  5. Compose simple sentences about their background and interests.

Knowledge

This course covers the following topics:

  1. Arab culture especially as it relates to:
    * Self and family
    * Habits and traditions
  2. Self as Part of a Group at Work
  3. Socializing
  4. Marital Traditions
  5. Social Interaction

Assessment Overview

The following are the components of the evaluation criteria for the course:

  • Online activities (40%)
  • Writing assignments (20%)
  • Tests (40%)

Course Outline for Arabic 102

Course Description

This course is suitable for learners who know the Arabic alphabet and some basic communicative functions. It revolves around situations that visitors to the Middle East are likely to encounter. At the end of the course students will be able to communicate with native speakers on a number of everyday life situations that include ordering food, visiting tourist sites, asking for and giving directions, shopping and asking for the price.

Learning Outcomes for the Course

By the completion of Arabic 3, students will be able to:

  1. Initiate social interactions, ask for basic information, and be aware of basic cultural aspects of social interaction in the Arab world;
  2. Talk about themselves, their education, and their family with any native speaker of Arabic.
  3. Comprehend simple written texts on familiar topics.
  4. Compose simple paragraphs about themselves.

Knowledge

This course covers the following topics:

  1. Arab culture especially as it relates to:
    * Food
    * Outings
  2. Tourist Attractions in the Middle East
  3. Shopping
  4. Jobs
  5. Phone calls

Assessment Overview

The following are the components of the evaluation criteria for the course:

  • Online activities (40%)
  • Writing assignments (20%)
  • Tests (40%)

Course Outline for Arabic 103

Course Description

This course is designed for students who are familiar with daily life situations in Modern Standard Arabic and are preparing to move up to communicating on professional topics. It aims at bridging the gap between novice and intermediate levels. Students are exposed to a combination of both simplified and authentic material in order to prepare them for the next level, which will only deal with authentic material taken from Arab media. At the end of the course, students are able to express themselves on topics that go beyond daily life situations into social issues related to the world around them.

Learning Outcomes for the Course

By the completion of Arabic 201, students will be able to:

  1. Read and understand simplified texts that relate to issues that are of interest to young Arabs.
  2. Expand your speech beyond the self to discuss social issues that affect the people around us such as emotion, social problems, etc.
  3. Comprehend simple to more complex sentences that revolve around familiar topics.
  4. Comprehend simple audio/video texts on familiar topics.
  5. Express views in simple terms about issues that rotate around the self and the people around them.

Knowledge

This course covers the following knowledge areas:

  • Biography
  • Feasts
  • The Village and the City
  • Society
  • A day in My Life
  • Traditional Markets
  • Marriage
  • Culture
  • Planning for the Future
  • Technology and the Society

Assessment Overview

The following are the components of the evaluation criteria for the course:

  • Online activities (40%)
  • Writing assignments (20%)
  • Tests (40%)

Course Outline for Arabic 201

Course Description

This course is designed to reinforce all the linguistic skills at both the reception and production levels.
It is based on newspaper articles from different parts of the Arab world. The articles revolve around a number of themes, and the structure of the language is discussed and reviewed. Course material focuses on professional topics, including: society, traditional Arts, health care, family, and accommodation.

Learning Outcomes for the Course

By the completion of Arabic 201, students will be able to:

  1. Read Arabic newspaper articles and be able to understand main ideas on a variety of topics.
  2. Expand their speech beyond the self to discuss some of the issues that are of interest to Arabs.
  3. Comprehend simple to more complex written texts on familiar topics.
  4. Comprehend simple audio/video texts on familiar topics.
  5. Express their views in simple terms about issues that are of interest to the educated people in the Arab world.

Knowledge

This course is designed to assist students to enhance their abilities to comprehend newspaper articles and discuss topics with educated Arabs revolving around:

Society

  • Poverty
  • Optimism
  • Extravagance

Family

  • Marital Vacation
  • Abortion
  • Family Ties

Traditional Arts

  • Arabic Writing
  • Al-Khayyaamiyyah
  • Stick fencing

Accommodation

  • Looking for an apartment
  • Profitable Investment
  • Emigration from Rural to Urban Areas

Heath Care

  • Laughing and Immunity
  • Injections for Allergy
  • Natural Herbs

Assessment Overview

The following are the components of the evaluation criteria for the course:

  • Online activities (40%)
  • Writing assignments (20%)
  • Tests (40%)

Course Outline for Arabic 202

Course Description

Arabic 202 is based on newspaper articles from different parts of the Arab world. The articles revolve around a number of themes, and the structure of the language is discussed and reviewed. Course material focuses on professional topics, including: crime, health, Arab markets, diseases in modern societies, Arab Songs. At the end of the course, you should be able to read Arabic newspapers with a good general understanding, especially on familiar topics. You should be able to express yourself by combining and recombining known elements.

Learning Outcomes for the Course

By the completion of Arabic 202, students will be able to:

  1. Read newspaper articles and understand consistently with increased understanding simple connected texts on a variety of topics.
  2. Expand your speech beyond social interactions to discuss some of the problems that are of interest to Arabs.
  3. Comprehend linguistically noncomplex written texts on familiar topics.
  4. Comprehend simple audio/video texts on familiar topics.
  5. Express their views and impart basic information about issues that are of interest to the educated people in the Arab world.

Knowledge

This course is designed to assist students to enhance their abilities to comprehend newspaper articles and discuss topics with educated Arabs revolving around:
The course comprises 15 newspaper articles revolving around 5 topics:

Crimes

  • Negligence
  • Killing
  • Fire

Diseases in Modern Societies

  • Back Pains
  • Depression
  • Worrying

Health

  • Weak Memory
  • Coffee and Cigarettes
  • Harmful Effects of Sun

Arab Songs

  • Abdel Halim
  • Majda Al-Ruumi
  • Fayrouz

Arab Markets

  • Historical Markets
  • Markets of Jeddah
  • Om Dorman Market

Assessment Overview

The following are the components of the evaluation criteria for the course:

  • Online activities (40%)
  • Writing assignments (20%)
  • Tests (40%)

Course Outline for Arabic 203

Course Description

Arabic 203 is designed for students at the intermediate high level. It exposes them to newspaper articles taken from different parts of the Arab World. Cultural aspects are carefully intertwined along with the language in the course. The material focuses on professional topics, such as marital issues, food and diet, educational topics, traditional arts, economic issues, entertainment, and Arab leaders.

Learning Outcomes for the Course

By the completion of Arabic 203, students will be able to:

  1. Read Arabic newspaper articles and be able to understand main ideas on a variety of topics.
  2. Expand your speech beyond social interactions to discuss some of the problems that are of interest to Arabs.
  3. Communicate with a fair degree of ease on professional topics related to life in the Middle East.
  4. Handle successfully many uncomplicated tasks and social situations requiring an exchange of basic information related to work, school, recreation, particular interests and areas of competence.
  5. Be able to express your views in simple terms about issues that are of interest to the educated people in the Arab world.

Knowledge

This course is designed to assist students to enhance their abilities to comprehend newspaper articles and discuss topics with educated Arabs revolving around:

Humanitarian Issues

  • Elderly People
  • Cloning
  • Trading in Body Parts

Weapons

  • Landmines
  • Children
  • Selling Weapons

Stereotypes

  • Master Sayed
  • Typical Country Person
  • Eastern Woman

Third Millennium

  • Peace
  • Human Rights
  • Globalization

Arab Café

  • The Café
  • Water Cascade of Damascus
  • Al-Fishawii Coffee Shop in Cairo

Assessment Overview

The following are the components of the evaluation criteria for the course:

  • Online activities (40%)
  • Writing assignments (20%)
  • Tests (40%)

Course Outline for Arabic 301

Course Description

ARABIC 301 is an advanced course in Modern Standard Arabic. It is based on newspaper articles from diverse Arab magazines. The articles cover diverse topics. The courses focus on professional topics, link words and the structure of complex sentences. Learners are exposed to authentic texts and are taught how to deal with them. Course material includes articles on the following topics: Arab medicine, Arab authors, food, women, and messages.

Learning Outcomes for the Course

By the completion of Arabic 301, students will be able to:

  1. Read Arabic newspaper articles and be able to understand main ideas on a variety of topics.
  2. Expand their speech beyond social interactions to discuss some of the problems that are of interest to Arabs.
  3. Comprehend more complex written texts on familiar topics.
  4. Comprehend audio/video texts on familiar topics.
  5. Express their views in simple terms about issues that are of interest to the educated people in the Arab world.

Knowledge

This course is designed to assist students to enhance their abilities to comprehend newspaper articles and discuss topics with educated Arabs revolving around:

Arab Medicine

  • Origin of Arab Medicine
  • Avicenne
  • Al-Razy

Women

  • Women’s Rights
  • Veil
  • Equality

Arab Authors

  • Naguib Mahfouz
  • Shawki
  • Imru2 Al-Qays

Messages

  • Living Together
  • The Important Thing
  • Life’s Savings

Food

  • Mistakes in the Kitchen
  • Useful Food
  • Losing Weight

Assessment Overview

The following are the components of the evaluation criteria for the course:

  • Online activities (40%)
  • Writing assignments (20%)
  • Tests (40%)

Course Outline for Arabic 302

Course Description

Arabic 302 revolves around newspaper articles from diverse Arab magazines. The articles cover diverse topics. The courses focus on professional topics, link words and the structure of complex sentences. Learners are exposed to authentic texts and are taught how to deal with them. Course material focuses on professional topics, including: Marriage, Environment, Education, Economic Problems and Economic Science.

Learning Outcomes for the Course

By the completion of Arabic 301, students will be able to:

  1. Read Arabic newspaper articles and follow essential points of more complex written discourse in areas of special interest or knowledge.
  2. Understand parts of texts which are conceptually abstract and linguistically complex.
  3. Comprehend main ideas when they listen to audio/video pieces on familiar topics.
  4. Comprehend facts to make appropriate inferences and express their views in simple terms about issues that are of interest to the educated people in the Arab world.

Knowledge

This course is designed to assist students to enhance their abilities to comprehend newspaper articles and discuss topics with educated Arabs revolving around:

Marriage

  • The Divorced
  • Going on Strike against Marriage
  • Business Women

Economic Problems

  • Unemployment
  • Budget Deficit
  • Overpopulation

Environment

  • Environment and Development
  • Environmental Economics
  • Nature’s Beauty

Science of Economics

  • Food Security
  • Saving
  • Economics

Education

  • Al-Azhar
  • Education Crisis
  • Scientific Development

Assessment Overview

The following are the components of the evaluation criteria for the course:

  • Online activities (40%)
  • Writing assignments (20%)
  • Tests (40%)

Course Outline for Arabic 303

Course Description

ARABIC 303 is an advanced course in Modern Standard Arabic. It is based on newspaper articles from diverse Arab magazines. The articles cover diverse topics. The courses focus on professional topics, link words and the structure of complex sentences. Learners are exposed to authentic texts and are taught how to deal with them. At the end of the level, students should be able to express their thoughts on the topics they studied with a fair degree of ease and be able to grasp beyond the main ideas of articles they come across that revolve around similar areas. They participate actively in most informal and some formal exchanges on a variety of concrete topics relating to work, school, home, and leisure activities, as well as to events of current, public, and personal interest or individual relevance.

Learning Outcomes for the Course

By the completion of Arabic 303, students will be able to:

  1. Read Arabic newspaper articles and be able to understand main ideas on a variety of topics.
  2. Expand their speech beyond social interactions to discuss some of the problems that are of interest to Arabs.
  3. Comprehend more complex written texts on familiar topics.
  4. Comprehend audio/video texts on familiar topics.
  5. Express your views in simple terms about issues that are of interest to the educated people in the Arab world.

Knowledge

This course is designed to assist students to enhance their abilities to comprehend newspaper articles and discuss topics with educated Arabs revolving around:

Games

  • Chess
  • Games of Luck
  • Football

Islam

  • What is Islam?
  • Inimitability of the Quran
  • Prophets

Heritage

  • A Thousand and One Nights
  • Kalila and Demna
  • Juha

International Politics

  • The United Nations
  • Occupation and Independence
  • International Organizations

Arab Leaders

  • Al-Sabbah
  • Abdel Nasser
  • Abdel Aziz Al Saud

Assessment Overview

The following are the components of the evaluation criteria for the course:

  • Online activities (40%)
  • Writing assignments (20%)
  • Tests (40%)
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