Program Summary

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers three courses in Arabic.

Arabic 115

  • Learn the 28 letters of Arabic alphabet
  • Learn how to connect the letters and to form words
  • Learn how to read and write words
  • Learn how to make, read and write sentences
  • Introduce yourself and greet others
  • Describe people, places and things
  • Talk about family members and social relations
  • Ask and respond to simple questions
  • Expand basic likes and dislikes in the present tense
    Count numbers from zero to 100
  • Read short dialogues, and keep a simple journal in Arabic
  • Begin learning Arabic grammar and syntax, including a basic knowledge of nouns, agreement of adjectives, articles, subject pronouns, interrogative particles, and present tense verbs
  • Learn and practice the pronunciation of Arabic

Cultural aspects will accompany each lesson to better understand the other parts of the world, and appreciate their large cultural diversity:

  • Geography of Arabic speaking countries
  • English words of Arabic origin
  • The presence and the influence of Arabic civilization in Spain in major aspects: sciences, music, social life, architecture
  • Spanish words of Arabic origin
  • The schools of wisdom in major Arabic capital cities: Fes, Cairo, Syria, Baghdad, Tunis, -“Mederasas”

Arabic 125

  • Learn common irregular verbs, and negation
  • Study the simple past tense
  • Talk about ongoing and completed events in the past
  • Differentiate between completed actions and ongoing or habitual ones
  • Learn Arabic sentence structure
  • Learn the Arabic grammar and syntax of simple comparisons, interrogative and negative sentences; demonstrative adjectives, and object pronouns
  • Expand your cultural understanding through readings that focus on the themes of family and social relations, and holidays
  • Talk about school life, the weather and means of transportation
  • Use a variety of useful phrases for shopping in Arabic-speaking societies
  • Keep a simple journal in Arabic
  • Learn the structure of Arabic sentences
  • Learn the usage of the Arabic dictionary based on the root word

Cultural aspects will accompany each lesson to better understand the other parts of the world, and appreciate their large cultural diversity.

  • Supplementary readings for each lesson
  • Discussions of such topics as art and film, health and the environment, and eating and drinking customs
  • Cuisine and daily life activities, the etymology of Arabic names, and the Arabic dictionary


Arabic 135

  • Have a basic foundation for reading and writing Arabic
  • Have begun speaking in the future and past tenses
  • Cover grammar points such as quantifiers, the superlative, future negation, and future, past, and imperative verb forms
  • Order food and talk about restaurants
  • Make descriptions
  • Talk about social life
  • Reinforce and expand your command of basic vocabulary and idioms through oral and written exercises

Cultural aspects will accompany each lesson to better understand the other parts of the world, and appreciate their large cultural diversity.

  • Discussions of Arabic music and its main instruments
  • The “Golden Age of Islam” and the influence of the Arabic civilization on Europe and North Africa.
  • The epoch when the Arabic language was the cultural language of the world
  • English words of Arabic origin.
  • Reading, analysis, interpretation and discussion of selected passages from the Qur'an-classical Arabic