Modern Standard Arabic Courses: Beginner Level

Beginner Arabic A1A

A1A is the first level of the Beginner Arabic stage. At this level, classroom instructions use a learner-centered methodology along with task-based learning activities to help learners develop language skills for both oral and written basic survival communications. Learners will be able to understand instructions addressed to them both carefully and slowly. They will also be able to follow short simple directions, exchange information related to basic personal details, and fill out simple registration forms. Furthermore, they will be able to understand, and produce short simple Arabic messages and texts. The levels of the Beginner Arabic stage aim at helping the learners of Arabic to communicate in simple recurring situations that require both direct and easy oral or written exchange of information. The learning units focus on the areas of the learners' immediate need and very familiar topics. Moreover, the courses help the learners develop a general understanding of the basic patterns of the Arabic grammar system.

  • Reading and Listening

    1. Interpret familiar names, words, and basic phrases in very short, simple texts in a defined, familiar, everyday context such as inventories and shopping list
    2. Understand the general meaning of simple, short passages related to everyday familiar contexts
    3. Extract information from simple, short passages related to everyday familiar contexts
    4. Interpret simple authentic texts related to everyday familiar contexts such as adverts and menus
    5. Understand the general meaning of short, simple, clear, and slowly articulated spoken conversation exchanges and monologues on familiar everyday topics such as family, flats, and food
    6. Recognize names of places, numbers, and objects when listening to slow and clear language input in defined, familiar, everyday situations such as ordering in a restaurant, shopping, and describing pictures

    Speaking and Writing

    1. Check-in and give personal information
    2. Use simple language to make orders in a restaurant
    3. Describe family members, name, relation, and occupation
    4. Ask for permission to borrow or use things
    5. Buy common stationery items defining colors and sizes
    6. Ask about and tell simple personal information
    7. Give a short description of a room or a flat
    8. Ask about and describe common personal objects
    9. Describe simple pictures of places and actions
    10. Express ownership of things
    11. Ask about and tell dates on a calendar
    12. Write short, simple sentences to describe pictures
    13. Write simple inventories and simple entries in a schedule or a form
    1. Beginner Arabic A1A (ARAB A1A) on the SAPT
    2. Completion of Beginner Arabic A1A (ARAB A1A)
    3. Applicants must have basic computer literacy
    • Two sessions per week
    • 2.5 hours per session
    • Continuing Education Units: 3

Beginner Arabic A1B

A1B is the second level of the Beginner Arabic stage. At this level, classroom instructions use a learner-centered methodology along with task-based learning activities to help learners improve both oral and written skills required for a range of frequent and survival communication functions. Learners will be able to interact in simple, routine, and familiar situations asking and answering simple direct questions. They will also be able to write simple phrases and sentences about themselves and imaginary people. Furthermore, they will be able to understand, and produce short simple messages and texts.

The levels of the Beginner Arabic stage aim at helping the learners of Arabic to communicate in simple recurring situations that require both direct and easy oral or written exchange of information. The learning units focus on the areas of the learners' immediate need and very familiar topics. Moreover, the courses help the learners develop a general understanding of the basic patterns of the Arabic grammar system.

  • Reading and Listening

    1. Understand the general message of a limited range of authentic functional texts, such as travel adverts, email invitations, and event fliers
    2. Extract simple information from authentic and semi-authentic short passages on a range of familiar topics, such as posts on social media and email invitations
    3. Guess the meaning of unfamiliar words in texts based on visual and contextual clues
    4. Understand the general meaning of short, simple, clear, and slowly articulated spoken conversations and monologues on familiar everyday topics such as family, routine, hobbies, and leisure time
    5. Recognize names of objects, numbers, prices, and dates when listening to slow and clear language input is defined, familiar, everyday familiar situations such as getting street directions and getting information on schedules and transportation

    Speaking and Writing

    1. Tell the time
    2. Describe and ask about routines and habits in simple language
    3. Ask and give simple information about leisure time activities
    4. Ask and give simple information about places in the neighborhood
    5. Identify places of common objects in a room
    6. Use short questions and phrases to ask about and describe destinations, and transport in a city
    7. Exchange information about prices of things using short questions and phrases
    8. Use short questions and phrases to buy food
    9. Write simple inventories and simple entries in a schedule, form or timeline
    10. Write short, simple sentences about your neighborhood, your room, and your hobbies
    1. Beginner Arabic A1B (ARAB A1B) on the SAPT
    2. Completion of Beginner Arabic A1B (ARAB A1B)
    3. Applicants must have basic computer literacy
    • Two sessions per week
    • 2.5 hours per session
    • Continuing Education Units: 3

Beginner Arabic A1C

A1C is the third level of the Beginner Arabic stage. At this level, classroom instructions use a learner-centered methodology along with task-based learning activities to help learners enrich their vocabulary and expressions to enhance their oral and written skills required for a wider range of everyday basic communication functions.

Supported by visual images along with familiarity with the context, learners will be able to get the general idea of simple Arabic informational content and short simple descriptions. They will also be able to ask and answer simple questions in a wider variety of expected and routine social situations, initiate and respond to simple statements in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics. Furthermore, they will be able to understand, and produce short simple messages and texts at considerable speed.

The levels of the Beginner Arabic stage aim at helping the learners of Arabic to communicate in simple recurring situations that require both direct and easy oral or written exchange of information. The learning units focus on the areas of the learners' immediate need and very familiar topics. Moreover, the courses help the learners develop a general understanding of the basic patterns of the Arabic grammar system.

  • Reading and Listening

    1. Demonstrate understanding of the general meaning of a limited range of authentic and semi-authentic functional texts, such as food recipes, the weather forecast, and very short posts
    2. Extract simple information from authentic and semi-authentic functional texts, such as event calendars, and adverts for furnished flats
    3. Guess the meaning of unfamiliar words in texts using clues from context and visuals
    4. Understand the general meaning of short, simple, clear, and slowly articulated spoken conversations and monologues on a range of familiar topics such as habits, travel plans, and weather
    5. Identify factual information when listening to slow and clear language input is defined, familiar, everyday familiar situations such as giving instructions and getting services

    Speaking and Writing

    1. Use simple language to make and respond to polite requests
    2. Exchange simple information about people's habits
    3. Respond to and give simple instructions
    4. Exchange simple information about travel plans such as dates, destinations, and cost
    5. Exchange basic information about the workplace; what, where, and how often
    6. Make and respond to simple offers
    7. Exchange basic information about the weather in a city
    8. Use simple language to make apologies and give reasons
    9. Use simple language to ask and talk about likes and dislikes
    10. Use simple language to introduce yourself in a formal situation
    11. Write short notes of simple instructions at a sentence level
    12. Write short, simple sentences about your workplace, leisure activities, and the weather
    1. Beginner Arabic A1C (ARAB A1C) on the SAPT
    2. Completion of Beginner Arabic A1C (ARAB A1C)
    3. Applicants must have basic computer literacy
    • Two sessions per week
    • 2.5 hours per session

Beginner Arabic A1D

A2B is the second level of the Elementary Arabic stage. At this level, classroom instructions use a learner-centered methodology and task-based learning activities to help learners acquire effective oral and written communication skills. Learners will be able to fulfill their immediate communication needs in a range of contexts with clear pronunciation and well-understood conversational exchanges. They will increase their reservoir of basic and high-frequency vocabulary, expressions, and phrases to handle efficiently simple routine communication. They will read and respond to short simple texts related to a range of simple routine interactions, describing people and/or events, and taking notes at the phrase level.

The levels of the Elementary Arabic stage aim at helping the learners of Arabic to process more variety of language content related to recurring situations and everyday social contexts. The course content in this stage enables learners to communicate efficiently in situations that require both direct and easy exchange of information. Moreover, the courses help the learners develop a general understanding of the most frequent patterns of the Arabic grammar system and morphology and have more control over a limited range of irregular grammatical forms.

  • Reading and Listening

    1. Demonstrate understanding of the general meaning and the detailed information of short authentic passages on a range of topics, such as clothes, resorts, gifts for different occasions, useful apps and websites, healthy food, and tips for household chores
    2. Guess the meaning of unfamiliar words in texts based on clues from the general and language context
    3. Identify both the general meaning and important details when taking part in clearly and slowly articulated spoken conversations on familiar everyday topics
    4. Generally, identify the topic of discussions between other people recognizing agreement or disagreement when people speak slowly and clearly

    Speaking and Writing

    1. Give advice and make suggestions
    2. Exchange personal information about work, study, and interests
    3. Talk about personal experiences
    4. Express preferences
    5. Make travel arrangements
    6. Ask directions
    7. Talk about preferences
    8. Request services
    9. Write very short, basic descriptions of events, past activities, and personal experiences
    10. Write about everyday aspects of your environment such as people, places, a job, or study experience in linked sentences
    1. Elementary Arabic A2B (ARAB A2B) on the SAPT
    2. Completion of Elementary Arabic A2B (ARAB A2B)
    3. Applicants must have basic computer literacy
    • Two sessions per week
    • 2.5 hours per session
    • Continuing Education Units: 3