Introduction to Arabic - Fall 2018

Course Category: Arabic | Intro Level

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Course Code: ARA 100

Instructor: Anse Nishat Lal

Length: 1 term (15 weeks)

Course Dates: September 12 - December 19, 2018
Timings: Wednesdays, 7:00 am CST/1:00 pm GMT Click here to convert to your own time zone.

Classes last approximately 1.5 hours each. Live attendance is highly recommended for Arabic courses to achieve full benefit and required for conversation courses. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.

Offered: This course is offered every term.

Prerequisites: Students enrolling in the program must be women above the age of 17.

Course Description: 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).

Topics covered: 

  • Arabic Alphabet
  • Short & Long Vowels
  • Sukūn
  • Shadda
  • Tanwīn
  • Vocabulary
  • Permanent & Connecting Hamza
  • Sun and Moon Letters
  • Points of Articulation
  • Numbers
  • Things to look out for in the Quran

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.  

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

Text: Handouts will be provided throughout the course.


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Registration Fees: Non-refundable, non-transferable

  • $100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)
  • $20.00 late registration fee after September 5th (if seats are available)
  • Auditing is not available for the Arabic Program.


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