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Summer 2-2020 - Introduction to Arabic

Course Category: Arabic | Level 1 Course

Course Code: ARA 100

Instructor: Ustadha Nadia S. Ahmad

Duration: 5 weeks

Course Dates: July 20 - August 19, 2020

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Time: 8:00 pm CST / 2:00 am UK

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.

Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17. No prior knowledge of Arabic is needed.

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).

Topics covered: 

  • Arabic Alphabet
  • Short & Long Vowels
  • Sukūn
  • Shadda
  • Tanwīn
  • Vocabulary
  • Permanent & Connecting Hamza
  • Sun and Moon Letters
  • Points of Articulation
  • Numbers

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.

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

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable

Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until August 31st, 2020.

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

Additional $5.00 auditing fee.

Text: Handouts will be provided throughout the course.


For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org