Arabic 200

ARAB 200: Intermediate Arabic I

Prerequisites: ARAB 100 or one year of high school Arabic

Credit Hours: (4)

Continued development of the basic language skills and of familiarity with Arabic culture with a balanced emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing Arabic and on the culture where this language is spoken. This course has been approved for Core Curriculum credit in College Core B in Foreign Languages.


Detailed Description of Course

The communicative tasks covered are: talking about possessions, asking permission, talking about and naming colors, expressing an opinion, going places, talking about destinations, means of transportation, expressing surprise, talking about past actions, talking about time, talking about the family, explaining with whom or with what, talking about the weather and the seasons, talking about activities, about age, about choosing a profession, about desires and intentions, and telling what needs to be done.   Other cultural topics include famous Arabs, current events, geography, culinary arts, and shopping.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Class instruction focuses on communication practice utilizing the situations, communication tasks, vocabulary, culture, and grammar introduced in a given chapter. Other activities include: simulation of culturally relevant activities, grammar and vocabulary explanations, pronunciation practice, listening comprehension exercises, and grammatical drills. More class activities are conducted in the target language.


Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

As regards morphology and syntax, students will be able to analyze most basic grammar in graded sentences.  Second semester students will be able to analyze similarities and differences between their own and the target cultures and to explain contemporary international issues from the perspectives of their own and the target culture. Students will demonstrate language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing appropriate to the level of study and necessary for everyday life in an Arabic speaking country.

Speaking and listening goals (standardized ACTFL proficiency criteria):

Students will be able to speak the language by relying heavily on learned utterances but occasionally expanding these through simple re-combinations of their elements. Students can ask questions or make statements involving learned material. There will be some spontaneity, but speech will continue to consist primarily of learned utterances. Students will be able to pronounce nearly all Arabic sounds accurately when uttered in isolation and a growing number even in rapid speech.  As regards listening skills, students will be able to understand short, learned utterances and some sentence length utterances; particularly where context strongly supports understanding and speech is clearly audible.

Reading and writing goals (standardized ACTFL proficiency criteria):

Students will be able to identify an increasing amount of learned material without assistance and to understand a limited amount of new material when supported by context or dictionary assistance.  In writing, students will be able to reproduce a variety of learned phrases and some basic sentences by recombining learned material. 


Assessment Measures

Speaking progress will be evaluated in oral presentations. Written homework assignments and test exercises provide a basis for the evaluation of writing progress. Listening and reading comprehension, grammatical accuracy, and familiarity with the new culture are tested in quizzes, chapter tests, and on the final exam.


Other Course Information

Arabic 200 targets intermediate language learners with the equivalent of one semester of college Arabic, but can accommodate learners with one or two years in high school.


Review and Approval

June 28, 2012