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Knowledge and understanding

The key goals of the course are: 

- To learn how to properly write and read in Arabic (particular attention will be given to the pronunciation;    all the texts presented will be vocalized); 

- To get a thorough understanding of the Nominal Sentence (ğumla ismiya); 

- To build and independently use an essential vocabulary.

The Verbal Sentence (ğumla fi‘liya) will be presented. 

Applying knowledge and understanding

Listening comprehension exercises (the portal Aljazeera learning will be useful at this regard along with materials provided by the instructor) and dictations are essential to strengthen the students’ understanding skills and give them the means to improve their pronunciation. Particular attention will be given to the vocabulary; list of words to be remembered and used in class within easy interactions will be presented weekly. 

Further expected learning outcomes:

  • Making judgements: Identifying and selecting the proper elements of the Arabic grammar in order to understand and make more complex phrases. 

  • Communication skills: Being able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, and employment). Being able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Being able to describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages-Level group: A2; basic user-elementary). 

  • Learning skills: Take initiative to identify and address learning needs for further knowledge. 


The linguistic variety of reference for the course is MSA (Modern Standard Arabic), meaning the language of the Arabic education system, largely used in modern and contemporary literature, by the press, mass media and in oral productions characterized by a certain formal level. 

By the end of this course the students will be able to: 

1- Introduce themselves, greet others and express basic courtesy. 

2- Initiate, respond and carry out short conversations. 

3- Talk and write about themselves, their families and daily routines. 

4- Learn the basic vocabulary in order to ask for and give limited instructions and directions. 

5- Learn basic information about the Arab culture, language, customs, and values. 


Learning Materials will be provided by the instructor. 


Learning results to be verified: 

  • to be able to write and read in an understandable and clear way

  • to have a clear understanding of the covered grammar topics

  • to remember the meaning of all the presented words being able to use them both in the written and the spoken forms. 

A midterm test will help the instructor to monitor the learning process and adjust the teaching method to the students’ needs while motivating them to study with consistency. 

Assessment method:

  1. Written and oral examination 

  2. Multiple choices 

  3. Open questions 

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