Modern Standard Arabic Courses: Elementary Level

Elementary Arabic A2A

A2A is the first level of the Elementary Arabic stage. At this level, classroom instructions use a learner-centered methodology along with task-based learning activities to help learners develop effective oral and written communication skills. Learners will be able to fulfill their immediate communication needs with clear pronunciation and well-understood conversational exchanges. They will develop a reservoir of basic and high-frequency vocabulary, expressions, and phrases to manage simple routine communication. They will read and respond to short simple texts related to 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 authentic and semi-authentic short texts on a range of topics, such as entertainment events, childhood memories, celebrities in the Arab world, biographies of influential Arabs, recommended foods, and funny situations
    2. Guess the meaning of unfamiliar words in texts based on clues from the general and language context
    3. Identify the general meaning when taking part in clearly and slowly articulated spoken conversations on familiar topics such as future plans, renting flats, parties, and common social occasions
    4. Extract factual information when listening to slow and clear language input is defined, familiar, everyday familiar situations

    Speaking and Writing

    1. Use simple questions and short phrases to talk about intentions
    2. Compare between things using simple descriptions and short phrases
    3. Talk about personal skills and what people can do
    4. Invite people for parties and occasions
    5. Use simple language to congratulate people on common occasions
    6. Use simple language to give advice and make suggestions in familiar everyday situations
    7. Give simple descriptions of familiar shopping items
    8. Give simple and straightforward instructions
    9. Write simple texts with linked sentences on familiar subjects of interest
    1. Elementary Arabic A2A (ARAB A2A) on the SAPT
    2. Completion of Elementary Arabic A2A (ARAB A2A)
    3. Applicants must have basic computer literacy
    • Two sessions per week
    • 2.5 hours per session
    • Continuing Education Units: 3

Elementary Arabic A2B

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 e.g. 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

Elementary Arabic A2C

A2C is the third level of the Elementary Arabic stage. At this level, classroom instructions use a learner-centered methodology along with task-based learning activities to help learners improve their oral and written skills to achieve effective communication.

Learners will be able to fulfill their immediate communication needs in a wide range of contexts with better accuracy and clarity. They will continue to increase their reservoir of high-frequency vocabulary, expressions, and phrases to handle efficiently simple routine communication. They will read and respond to short simple texts related to a wider range of simple routine interactions, describing events and places, 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 articles and passages related to topics of interest such as home, household, accommodation, celebrities, and influential contemporary people
    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. Follow the general outline of demonstrations or presentations with the support of slides and handouts when speakers express the message slowly and clearly in simple language and talk about familiar or predictable topics

    Speaking and Writing

    1. Talk about neighborhoods
    2. Talk about homes and find information in adverts for flats
    3. Talk about people in your life and how you know them (Biographical information)
    4. Exchange information about family members
    5. Do shopping: ask for help
    6. Do shopping for clothes
    7. Talk about travel habits and trips
    8. Advise and suggest
    9. Talk about rules and obligations
    10. Talk about living in a new city
    11. Talk about important events in your life and Lifetime experiences
    12. Describe work and study experiences
    13. Write very short passages about events, past activities, people, places, a job, and experience
    1. Elementary Arabic A2C (ARAB A2C) on the SAPT
    2. Completion of Elementary Arabic A2C (ARAB A2C)
    3. Applicants must have basic computer literacy
    • Two sessions per week
    • 2.5 hours per session
    • Continuing Education Units: 3

Elementary Arabic A2D

A2D is the fourth level of the Elementary Arabic stage. At this level, classroom instructions use a learner-centered methodology along with task-based learning activities to help learners enhance their oral and written skills to reinforce effective communication.

Learners will be able to communicate efficiently in a wide range of familiar situations and contexts with increased accuracy and clarity. They will consolidate, activate and reinforce their reservoir of high-frequency vocabulary, expressions, and phrases to handle efficiently common routine communication as well as less frequent situations. They will read and respond to a variety of short texts in the personal and public domains. They will also be able to express themselves in writing using simple sentences.

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 of short authentic articles and longer passages related to topics of interest, such as literature, cultural attractions, and education
    2. Extract detailed information from short authentic articles and longer passages related to topics of interest, such as news around the world, travel, celebrities, talents and abilities, health, and food
    3. Guess the meaning of unfamiliar words in texts based on clues from the general and language context
    4. Identify both the general meaning and important details when taking part in clearly and slowly articulated spoken conversations on familiar everyday topics
    5. Understand and follow a series of instructions for familiar activities such as food recipes when they are delivered slowly and clearly

    Speaking and Writing

    1. Describe people’s appearances and personalities
    2. Ask and talk about the latest news and activities
    3. Make apologies
    4. Make travel arrangements and buy travel tickets
    5. Talk about past experiences
    6. Talk about talents and abilities
    7. Describe simple processes and give instructions
    8. Make comparisons
    9. Make inquiries about services
    10. Narrate simple stories about personal experiences
    11. Write your impressions and opinions about topics of personal interest, using basic everyday vocabulary and expressions.
    12. Write short informal emails about familiar situations
    1. Elementary Arabic A2D (ARAB A2D) on the SAPT
    2. Completion of Elementary Arabic A2D (ARAB A2D)
    3. Applicants must have basic computer literacy
    • Two sessions per week
    • 2.5 hours per session
    • Continuing Education Units: 3