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Arabic Language Classes

Arabic is the official language of 25 countries. The literary language (Modern Standard Arabic or al-fuSHaa) is uniform across the Arabic speaking world: from Morocco in the west to the borders of Iran in the east, and from Lebanon in the north to the Sudan in the south.  However, the spoken language changes from country to country, and even from city to city. At the Washington Academy of Languages,  courses are designed to teach Modern Standard Arabic, which represents a blend of the major urban colloquial forms. Our classes teach reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Wadi Rum, Jordan; photo courtesy of Emily Bernet, Program Assistant at WAL

 

Levels

Arabic 1

By the end of the course, students will be able to carry on simple conversations in Arabic in situations such as introducing oneself, speaking about one’s family, taking a bus or taxi, asking for help, going to the market or a  restaurant, and being in public in general.   Some regional and dialectical differences will be introduced.  The writing system will be introduced and, by the end of the course, the student will be able to read and write basic literary Arabic. Although the emphasis will be on expression and comprehension, basic grammar – such as subject pronouns, noun-adjective  agreement, forming questions, and the present tense verb – will be covered and will serve as a solid foundation for further study of Arabic.  Cultural notes are introduced in each class  as well.
Required Textbook:

Brustad, K., & Batal, M. (2010). Alif baa: introduction to Arabic letters and sounds (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. (ISBN: 9781589016323)

Arabic 2

Prerequisite: Completion of Arabic I or instructor’s permission
This  course begins with a review of the material taught in Arabic 1.  An emphasis on speaking skills is continued  in this level.  Conversational situations  include general topics from Arabic 1, as well as speaking about family and  friends, daily life activities, and various cultural topics – such as Arabic  names and titles, activities at home, and the Arab family structure.  An increasing amount of time will be spent on  the written language and grammar.  Grammar  points covered in this course include the construct phrase, possessive pronouns,  plurals, and further study of the present tense. Vocabulary  development is continued as well with the vocabulary being introduced  thematically.  By the end of the course,  students will be able to communicate more efficiently and will be able to write  simple sentences that relate to the conversational material learned in this  level.

Required Textbook:

Brustad, K., Batal, M., & Tūnisī, A. (2011). Al-Kitaab fii taʻallum al-ʻArabiyya = A textbook for beginning Arabic. (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. (ISBN: 9781589017368) (used for levels 2-6)

Arabic 3

Prerequisite: Completion of Arabic 2 or instructor’s permission
This  course will expand upon the student’s basic skill levels gained in Arabic 2.   In this course students will explore in more depth the structure and syntax of  the Arabic language to be able to better understand the Arabic sentence. The  vocabulary learned in this course will relate to the topics of family life and  the extended family, weather, Arabic music, and Arabic food and  restaurants.  Grammar points covered in this course include negating the  present tense, nominal and verbal sentence structure, introduction to the verb  forms, object pronouns, adverbs, demonstrative pronouns, and numbers. Students extensively practice communicating through both  role play and conversation, building their comfort level in expressing ideas  and speaking more fluently.

Required Textbook:

Brustad, K., Batal, M., & Tūnisī, A. (2011). Al-Kitaab fii taʻallum al-ʻArabiyya = A textbook for beginning Arabic. (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. (ISBN: 9781589017368) (used for levels 2-6)

Arabic 4

Prerequisite: Completion of Arabic 3 or instructor’s permission
By  the end of this course students will be able to communicate in spoken and  written forms in most essential daily situations.  They will be able to converse about the  weather, education, family, and hobbies in culturally appropriate ways.  Listening, reading, and writing about these  topics are also part of the course.  Grammar  points covered will include the dual form, gerunds, prepositions, the  superlative, the fronted predicate, the future and past tense, negating the  past tense, the root system, and further study of the Arabic verb forms.  Students will be able to relate personal  experiences in the present or the past tense and will learn to use an Arabic  language dictionary at a basic level.  A  variety of activities such as role plays, pair work, and presentations will  allow students to gain practical experience in using the language with  increasing facility.

Required Textbook:

Brustad, K., Batal, M., & Tūnisī, A. (2011). Al-Kitaab fii taʻallum al-ʻArabiyya = A textbook for beginning Arabic. (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. (ISBN: 9781589017368) (used for levels 2-6)

Arabic 5

Prerequisite:  Completion of Arabic 4 or instructor’s permission
Arabic  5 integrates reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary and  conversation.  Students will strengthen  their reading comprehension skills, expand their vocabulary, refine and expand  their knowledge of sentence structure and the Arabic verb system, and broaden  their knowledge of Arabic culture.  They  will enhance their ability to communicate verbally and in writing about a  variety of topics.  They will deal with  topics such as visiting family, visiting the mosque, social interaction, and  travel. Grammar points covered include ordinal numbers, time, the comparative,  conditionals, prepositions, and how to express relative clauses in Arabic.  By the end of this course students will be  able to speak, read, and write about a variety of authentic real life  situations.

Required Textbook:

Brustad, K., Batal, M., & Tūnisī, A. (2011). Al-Kitaab fii taʻallum al-ʻArabiyya = A textbook for beginning Arabic. (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. (ISBN: 9781589017368) (used for levels 2-6)

Arabic 6

Prerequisite:  Completion of Arabic 5 or instructor’s permission
Arabic  6 continues to integrate all skills and expand on the students’ knowledge of  the Arabic language.  Daily life issues  such as employment, emigration, and future plans are topics covered.  Grammar points covered include verb-subject  agreement, negation of the future and past tense, expressing how many, noun  endings, and sentence complements.  The  course emphasizes gaining fluency and proficiency and by the end of it students  will be able to confidently use an Arabic language dictionary, to discuss ideas  using all verb tenses, and to give their opinions on various issues.

Required Textbook:

Brustad, K., Batal, M., & Tūnisī, A. (2011). Al-Kitaab fii taʻallum al-ʻArabiyya = A textbook for beginning Arabic. (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. (ISBN: 9781589017368) (used for levels 2-6)

Schedule

Any registrations received after the deadline will be charged a $25 late fee
-Classes must have a minimum of 4 students to run. Shared private lessons and custom programs are also available

-All classes are 20 hours.

*Classes falling on holidays will be rescheduled

Summer Session: July- August

Schedule will be posted mid-May. Enter your email here for schedule updates.

Custom Program

WAL can design a special language program for you or your group.  Custom classes are planned with your needs and objectives in mind. WAL has the materials and instructional staff to provide you with an outstanding experience! Choose the number of hours you want to study and the dates of your study and we will design a program just for you.

Custom Programs may be contracted in 10-hour blocks. Meetings must be a minimum of an hour and a half and meet once a week or more. Request a Custom Program here.

Corporate Programs

Communication is always key, especially in the world of business. Our experienced instructors are ready to come to your office with a tailored, industry-specific approach to language instruction. Program content is customized to meet the needs of individual companies.

Instruction requires a minimum of 10 hours total and a minimum of 1.5 hours per lesson.  Programs are generally scheduled on weekdays. Meeting dates and times are flexible. Instruction can be delivered at corporate sites or at our downtown office.

Please contact us at 206-239-4789 or wal@cityu.edu for more information or to receive quote.

Tuition

Class Type Cost 
Evening & Day Classes $350 (effective 7/1/2017)
Custom Programs $700/10 hours (effective 7/1/2017)
Shared Custom Programs $450/10 hours per person (2-3 students)
Specialized Programs $750/10 hours
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