Modern Standard Arabic Courses: Novice Level

Pre-A1 Course

Pre-A1 is an introductory level to the Novice Arabic stage. At this level, classroom instructions use a learner-centered methodology and the present, practice, and production methods to introduce learners to both the written and spoken forms of essential vocabulary and phrases. Throughout the course, they will develop the ability to communicate in a selected number of essential survival situations. They will be able to identify, understand, and produce written and spoken forms of the most essential vocabulary and short phrases related to the very basic personal information such as name, address, family, and nationality. They will also be able to recognize both the written and spoken forms of everyday familiar words such as numbers, prices, dates, and days of the week in clearly defined and familiar everyday contexts.

Learning Outcomes

Reading and Listening

  • Recognize familiar words and phrases accompanied by pictures in product labels, maps, and street signs
  • Interpret simple prints used for everyday written communication, such as business cards, signposts, and schedules
  • Extract simple information from short texts on familiar topics such as food recipes, and national holidays
  • Interpret handwritten familiar everyday words in shopping lists and inventories
  • Understand short, very simple questions and statements when listening to slow and clear language input that is supported by visuals or manual gestures
  • Recognize everyday, familiar words when listening to slow and clear language input in a defined, familiar and everyday context
  • Recognize numbers, prices, dates, and days of the week when listening to slow and clear language input in a defined, familiar and everyday context

Speaking and Writing

  • Greet and introduce yourself giving basic personal information (name, address, family, nationality)
  • Ask native speakers how to say things in Arabic
  • Ask simple, short questions about personal information: jobs, telephone number and address
  • Ask simple, short questions about time
  • Ask simple, short questions about dates
  • Ask simple, short about prices of familiar items
  • Ask simple, short questions about the location of familiar objects
  • Ask simple, short questions about basic street directions
  • Fill in simple forms with words and short phrases with the use of a dictionary
  • Write short shopping lists and inventories of familiar, everyday items

Admission Requirements

  1. Novice Arabic Pre-A1 (ARAB Pre-A1) on the SAPT
  2. Completion of Novice Arabic Pre-A1 (ARAB Pre-A1)
  3. Applicants must have basic computer literacy

Term Duration

6 Weeks

Schedule

  • Two sessions per week
  • 2.5 hours per session

Continuing Education Units: 3