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Spring 2020 - Arabic Grammar Level 2B

Course Category: Arabic | Level 2 Course

Click here to view a short segment of this course: Arabic Grammar Level 2B with Ustadha Liana Reading

Course Code: ARA 202

InstructorUstadha Liana Reading

Length: 1 term (14 weeks)

Course Dates: January 21 - April 28, 2020
Timings: Tuesdays, 10:00 am CST/4:00 pm UK Click here to convert to your own time zone.

Classes last approximately 1 hour each. Live attendance is not required but recommended whenever possible. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.

Daylight savings time will end in the United States on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour earlier starting March 8.

Offered: This course is offered in the Spring term of each year.


  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.
  2. Arabic Grammar Level 2A or equivalent knowledge.
  3. Arabic Conversation Level 1B or equivalent knowledge. The two courses may also be taken simultaneously.
  4. Students enrolling in this course should have knowledge of beginner-intermediate level grammar topics and a strong grasp of the rules needed to construct and understand a variety of sentences with the aid of a dictionary.

Summary: This course is aimed at students who have a thorough knowledge of all the topics covered in levels 1A, 1B and 2A. It is designed to give students an understanding of some of the nuances of the Arabic language, introducing them, for example, to a variety of exceptions to the rules learned in previous levels. By the end of this level students should be able to engage in detailed conversations concerning their own personal lives as well as more general topics ranging from religion to current affairs. They should be able to identify grammatical features in texts, correctly read unvowelled texts, and compose texts of their own in a variety of styles. 

Topics covered: 

  • Verbal Sentences – Past & Present Subjunctive
  • The Jussive
  • Hollow Roots
  • Kana and her sisters
  • Adding the Object Pronoun to verbs and particles
  • Inna and her sisters
  • The elative and superlative
  • Introduction to relative pronouns

Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the weekly online lectures, complete one or more weekly assignments, read the assigned material, and review and sit for a mid term and a final exam.

Placement: New students in the Arabic program are required to submit a placement test to be placed at the correct level. The placement test can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.  Once you have submitted and tests have been assessed, you will receive a recommendation for the appropriate course for your level.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable

Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until the first day of the next term.

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

$20.00 late registration fee after January 18th (if seats are available)

Auditing is not available for Arabic courses. To achieve the full benefit, coursework should be completed as assigned.


  1. Recommended: Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic , Ed. J.M. Cowan 
  2. Recommended: Modern Standard Arabic Grammar: A Learner's Guide by Mohammad T. Alhawary

Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.


For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org