Introduction to Arabic - Summer 2017

Arabic Intro Course

Course Code: ARA 100

Instructor: Anse Raghad Bushnaq

Length:  7 weeks

Course Dates: July 13 - August 31, 2017 
Timings: Classes are held twice weekly:

  • Mondays, 9:00 am CST/3:00 pm GMT
  • Thursdays, 7:00 pm CST/1:00 am GMT 

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Offered: This course is offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer terms of each year.

*Live attendance is not required but recommended whenever possible. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.*

Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.

Summary: This course provides an introduction to Arabic reading and writing skills and a basic understanding of the language for students who have little or no previous knowledge of Arabic. The course will be divided into two parts: the first focusing on Arabic script and phonetic decoding, and the second part equipping students with the ability to identify fundamental features of Quranic Arabic script and phonology. By the end of the course, students will be able to read fluently, write what they hear proficiently and navigate their way through the Quran independently. They will feel confident in the foundations of the language and will be ready to move on to introductory study of Arabic grammar. The reading skills obtained in this course will also provide a springboard for future learning of tajwīd (the science of Quranic recitation).

Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend two weekly online lectures, complete one or more assignments as assigned by the instructor, and review and sit for a midterm and a final exam.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable

$100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

$20.00 late registration fee after July 13th

Texts: Handouts will be provided throughout the course.

Placement: If you are unsure about your level, email to request a placement test. Once you have submitted and tests have been assessed, you will receive a recommendation for the appropriate course for your level.  

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Arabic Conversation Tutoring - Summer 2017

Course Code: ARA CT

Instructor: Anse Raghad al-Sayyid

Length: 6 sessions

Course Dates: July 4th - August 31st 
Timings: Days and times will be agreed upon based on the teacher's and student's mutual availability. *Live attendance is required for this course.*
Offered: This course is only offered this summer. Seats are limited and students enrolling late may be placed on a waiting list.


  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.
  2. ARA 100 or equivalent knowledge
  3. ARA Grammar Level 1A or equivalent knowledge.
  4. Students enrolling in this course should have a cursory knowledge of the names, shapes and sounds of Arabic letters, as well as the ability to read and write the Arabic script. Some understanding of grammar and vocabulary will be needed in this course.

Summary: The Conversation track utilizes the al-ʿArabiyya li-l-Nāshiʾīn curriculum, building speaking and conversation skills from the beginner up to the more advanced level through interactive classes which allow students to participate in real time. The curriculum covers everyday conversation topics and integrates listening, comprehension, and writing skills, gradually increasing vocabulary as students progress through the program. Recorded lessons included in the curriculum offer an alternative to traveling to Arabic-speaking countries to put listening and conversation skills into practice. In addition to these recorded lessons and the textbook, in-class practice allows students to apply these skills with the instructor and classmates.

Course Requirements:  Students are expected to attend the live sessions, complete assignments as assigned by the instructor, read the assigned material, and review and sit for a final exam.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable

$100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

Texts: Al-ʿArabiyya li-l-Nāshiʾīn, Student Book (PDF version)

Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop.

Placement: Each student's level will be assigned after the first session. 


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