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Beginning Arabic 1 (ARAB 1000)

Total Credits: 5
Lecture Credits: 5

Description: Beginning Arabic introduces students to the classic, contemporary Arabic language, including the written alphabet and sound system. You will develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary to communicate about self, family and daily life, as well as basic survival needs. You will also explore cultural aspects of the Arabic-speaking world, as well as various dialectical variations in the Arabic-speaking world.

Topical Outline:
1. Listening: Students listen to simple dialogues about self, family, and daily life. They listen to classroom instruction and participate in small and large group exchanges
2. Speaking: Students discuss themselves and their own lives as well as other basic cultural and contemporary issues. They mainly produce memorized phrases and give short answers to simple questions
3. Reading: Students analyze the content of basic written materials such as cultural information, menus, schedules, advertisements, etc.
4. Writing: Students write short compositions, journal entries, notes, messages, and short descriptions using simple sentences
5. Lexical-Grammatical Topics: Arabic alphabet, telling time, gender, definite and indefinite articles, plural forms, subject pronouns, regular and irregular present tense, asking and answering questions, interrogatives, adjective agreement, possessive adjectives, demonstrative adjectives, expressing the future (with IR), reflexive pronouns and verbs
6. Culture: Students acquire cultural information for the purpose of understanding and appreciating the products, practices, and perspectives of other cultures. Topics may include: Arabic around the world, the university systems, naming practices, clothing

Learning Outcomes:
1. Write short compositions on familiar topics, and read and discuss level appropriate, authentic materials
2. Participate in paired and group activities to practice self-expression on personal, cultural, and current topics within limits of linguistic ability
3. Communicate in the target language demonstrating awareness of protocol, using short and simple sentences
4. Understand the spoken language according to the students’ level of proficiency
5. Gain an increased understanding of history, political science, art, and music of the target culture through the target language by comparing and contrasting cultural behaviors in everyday situations
6. Use the language beyond the school setting for lifelong learning and for participating in the global community

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

MnTC: Goal 8