The Modern Language curriculum in Arabic is designed to result in broad and well-grounded linguistic proficiency. In the first-year sequences, students learn the core structural elements of the language and gradually build up a working vocabulary of its most common words and expressions. All four language skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – are taught simultaneously.
The second year-sequence, in which students hone their conversational skills and broaden their vocabulary, focuses on review, reinforcement, and expansion. Cultural studies are introduced and expanded as students acquire greater linguistic competency.
We illustrate and model the language -- phonetics and usage -- and create scenarios simulating real –life situations in which students put the language to work for themselves. All the lessons are conducted in formal Arabic. The usage of English will be necessary at first to introduce some points of grammar, sentence structure, and culture.