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Levels of Study

Level One

Beginner Arabic (Three semesters )

The beginning level is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. During the first week, elementary level students sign a pledge allowing them to interact with their instructor in English while in class. In all other aspects of their daily life in the center, beginning level students abide by the full Language Pledge. From the first day of classes, students are exposed to authentic reading and listening materials. They engage in functional activities, often in small groups. Students at the elementary level are introduced to the use of Arabic computer software. Reading assignments from Arabic sources on the Internet are also a feature of this level. Students write long compositions and make oral presentations in class in a way that makes the use of Arabic a natural process and helps students at this level blend in with students from higher levels. Students are expected to spend between four and five hours outside of class working on assignments and preparing for next day's class.·

Required Texts1. Alif Baa: An Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds.2. Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al-Arabiyya with DVDs 3. Modern standard Arabic Grammar 4. Arabic Calligraphy "Naskh Script for Beginners"5. Translation book

Level Two

Intermediate Arabic (Three semesters)The objectives of Intermediate Arabic are, in general, to solidify knowledge of the basic rules of Arabic grammar, to expand vocabulary in terms of complexity, and to increase the acquisition of words for active use in a wide variety of topics and settings. Emphasis is placed on the use of authentic reading and listening materials, and on communicative writing and speaking tasks. Usually, there is homework assignments designed to enhance each student's benefit from the cultural activities. At the end of the course, students at the intermediate level are expected to write a composition of at least 200 words. Oral presentations of 5 to 10 minutes are regular activities at this level. In addition, work outside of class requires an average of four to five hours a day.

Required Texts

  1. Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al-Arabiyya with DVDs
  2. Modern standard Arabic Grammar
  3. Arabic Calligraphy "Naskh script for beginners"
  4. The Hans-Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Spoken Languages Services
  5. Translation book

Level Three

Advanced Arabic (Three semesters)

Students accepted at this level are expected to have mastered language mechanics and possess the high intermediate level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. The course is designed to enable students to attain solid, advanced level proficiency or higher in the various language skills. Readings at this level are extensive and varied in terms of genres and academic interests. They consist exclusively of authentic materials on various contemporary and classical topics in language, literature, and the social sciences. Chapters from books, novels, and lengthy articles form the backbone of this course. Students analyze the stylistic features of different genres and texts. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the nuances of the language and the use of idiomatic expressions and rhetorical devices. Home assignments are varied and typically consist of attending or watching a recording of a lecture, reading a chapter from a book and making an oral presentation in class based on that reading, engaging in a panel discussion with other classmates and one or more of the other instructors in the School, or watching a live TV broadcast (via satellite) of a cultural, historical, political, or religious nature. At the advanced level, students also study the basic structures and phonological system of one of the major colloquial dialects. Students are encouraged to adopt the same linguistic medium that intellectual and educated native speakers of Arabic adopt in their conversations on academic topics. The study of the dialect is uniquely integrated into the general curriculum emphasizing the linguistic realities in the Arab World. Work outside of class requires between four to five hours a day.

Required Texts

  1. Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al-Arabiyya with DVDs
  2. Modern standard Arabic Grammar
  3. Arabic Calligraphy "Naskh script for beginners"
  4. Translation book
  5. Adawaat al-Rabt, by Ahmed Taher Hasanein and Nariman Al-Warraki, American University in Cairo Press, 1994
  6. ·The Hans-Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Spoken Languages Services
· A variety of additional texts selected by instructor.

Course Tuition:

Spring Quarter is Free


Winter : January 9th - March 8th 2012.

Spring : April 2nd - May 25th 2012 .

Autamn: September 10th - December 10th, 2012.

Panama City, Florida.USA