Summer 2011 Course Description and Syllabus for Beginning Arabic I: ara 301/501

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Summer 2011 Course Description and Syllabus for Beginning Arabic I: ARA 301/501

Instructor: Dr. Aziz Shakir, Arabic Language instructor at Sabanci University1


(ARA 301/501: Beginning Arabic I)


Beginning Arabic I (ARA 301/501) is based on a couple of textbooks forming a series (namely Alif Baa with DVDs Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds and partly Al-Kitaab fii Ta‘allumi al-‘Arabiyya /الكتاب في تعلم العربية/ A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part I) developed by a team of experienced native and non-native Arabic language teachers in the United States. ARA 301/501 presents the basic structure of the formal language which is written and spoken in the contemporary Arab World. The course contains an introduction to the pronunciation and writing system, the morphology, and the basic syntactic structures of Modern Arabic. It covers a basic vocabulary of approximately 500 words and introduces. ARA 301/501 is aimed at developing students’ essential reading skills and grammar knowledge. Throughout the course there will be also additional audio and video materials presenting both, the standard language and some of the most popular colloquial dialects used in the Arab world.

The materials are designed so that students can do most of the preparation and actual learning of new issues out of class, in order for class time to be spent doing exercises, watching and practicing conversations, i.e. activities that permit maximum participation. Students are also expected to prepare their written home-assignments (including mainly grammar and translation drills from al-Kitaab textbook found both, in the university library and Homeros bookstore located in the university campus) regularly. There will be a couple of quizzes alongside a written final exam. The final note will be calculated in accordance with the entire performance of each student throughout the semester. Namely: Attendance: 20 %, Home-assignments: 25 %, Quizzes: 10 % & Final exam: 45%.

ARA 301/501 is a 4 credit course and during the Summer school it will be taught 10 hours per week.

Levels: Doctorate, Masters, Exchange - Erasmus Mundus DR, Exchange - Erasmus Mundus MA, Exchange - Erasmus Mundus UG, Special, Scientific Preparatory, Undergraduate, Exchange - Socrates Erasmus DR, Exchange - Socrates Erasmus MA, Exchange - Socrates Erasmus UG.

ARA 301/501 is a course offered by FASS and SL.


 Develops all language-related skills including reading, listening, speaking, writing, and cultural knowledge;

 Immediately incorporates extensive use of authentic materials for reading, listening, and grammatical practice, thus relating abstract grammatical concepts to practical skills;

 Presents narrative-based content through audio and video media rather than written text to develop meaning-focused language processing skills, utilizing two main characters and their extended families

 Develops reading skills through the use of composed texts derived from the main narrative and authentic texts from newspapers and journals

 Introduces grammar using spiraling and inference, challenging students to discover the grammar of the language by means of analogy, problem solving, and educated guessing

 Reinforces grammar and vocabulary through extensive classroom and homework exercises that provide constant review and expand to challenge students as their skills develop

 Introduces students to Egyptian colloquial through scenes based on the main narrative to promote the use of shared vocabulary and structure of the two registers to increase listening comprehension skills

 Contains Arabic-English and English-Arabic glossaries and reference charts as well as a new grammar index



Week 1:

Introduction; 1. The Arabic Alphabet; 2. Connectors and non-connectors; 3. Arabic Pronunciation and Writing; 4. Stress; 5. Voicing; 6. Punctuation Marks; 7. Nunation; 8. Pause; 9. Unvoweled and voweled texts;

DVD (From the textbook Alif Baa with DVDs): A visual footage of a professional calligrapher demonstrating the basic writing techniques of all Arabic letters according to their positions in the word structure.


Week 2:

Grammar: 1. Case: General: Nominative, Accusative and Genitive case; 2. Arabic numerals and numbers; 3. Vowel length; 4. Transliteration;

DVD (From the textbook Alif Baa with DVDs): Saying “Hello!”; “Making Coffee” and “At the Coffeehouse”;

Culture: The Development of the Arabic Writing System; Arabic dialects. Forms of address;

Names of Arab and other Middle Eastern countries;

Various listening and writing exercises.

Week 3:

DVD Story (all stories, both in standard and colloquial Arabic are from the textbook Al-Kitaab fii Ta‘allum al-‘Arabiyya with DVDs, Part I): I Am Maha (“ / أنا مهاAnaa Mahaa”).

Grammar: 1. Gender in nouns; 2. The definite article “al-”; 3. Nisba adjectives; 4. Yes/No questions; Information questions;

Listening Comprehension: “al-”;

Reading Comprehension: New York (“ / نيو يوركNyu York”);

Culture: Arabic Names;

Colloquial: I Am Maha (“ / أنا مهاAnaa Mahaa”) & Are You an Arab (“Entii ‘arabiyya”);

Writing and Speaking Activities.

Week 4:

DVD Story: Maha’s Family (“ / أسرة مهاUsrat Mahaa”);

Grammar: 1. Subject pronouns; 2. Plural: Human plurals, Broken plurals, Human sound masculine plurals, Human sound feminine plurals, Non-human plural agreement;

3. Equational sentences; 4. Subject and predicate;

Culture: Home work “ / شغل البيتShughlu’l-beyt” & I am alone (“ / أنا وحيدةAnaa wahiida”);

Listening Comprehension: With family and friends (“ / مع العائلة والأصدقاءMa‘al-‘aa’ila wa’l-asdiqaa’”);

Reading Comprehension: Acquaintance (“ / تعارفTa‘aaruf”) & Programs of the Near Eastern Studies (“ / برامج دراسات الشرق الأوسطBaraamij diraasaat ash-sharq al-awsat”);

Colloquial: I am really alone (“ / أنا فعلاً وحيدةAnaa Fi‘lan Wahiida”) & What’s up with you “Akhbaaruk eeh”.

Week 5:

DVD Story: My Father’s Family is Big (“ / عائلة والدي كبيرة‘Aa’ilat waalidii kabiira”);

Grammar: 1. The ‘idaafa’ construction= The construct phrase; 2. Possesive pronouns; 3. The past tense form;

Listening Comprehension: With family and friends ( / مع العائلة والأصدقاء“Ma‘al-‘aa’ila wa’l-asdiqaa’ ”);

Reading Comprehension: The Faculties of the Beirut Arab University (“ / كليات جامعة بيروت العربيةKulliyyaat jaami‘at beyruut al-‘arabiyya”) & University of Algeria (“ / جامعة الجزائر Jaami‘at Jazaa’ir”);

Culture: “My uncle” (“ / عمي‘Ammii”); The Arabic family (“ / العائلة العربيةal-‘aa’ila al-‘arabiyya”) & The Arabic universities (“ / الجامعات العربيةAl-jaami‘aat al-‘arabiyya”);

Writing and Speaking Activities;

Colloquial: My Papa’s Family’s Big (“ ‘Aylat baabaa kbiira”) & Whose is this picture, Papa (“Suurat miin dii yaa baabaa”).

Week 6:

DVD Story: How Am I to Memorize All the Names?! (“ / كيف أحفظ كل الأسماء؟!Keyfa ’ahfazu kulla’l-asmaa’ ”);

Grammar: 1. The present tense; 2. Negation of the present tense; 3. Verb sentenses; 4. Interrogatives in phrase; 4. Vocative: yaa.

Listening Comprehension: With family and friends (“ / مع العائلة والأصدقاءMa‘al-‘aa’ila wa’l-asdiqaa’”);

Reading Comprehension: The House of the Prophet” (“ / البيت النبويAl-beytu’n-nabawii”) & Marriage announcements (“ / إعلانات زواجI‘laanaat zawaaj”);

Culture: In the School (“ / في المدرسةFi’l-madrasa”) & The family of the Prophet Muhammad (“ / عائلة النبي محمد‘Aa’ilatu’n-nabii Muhammad”);

Colloquial: How Am I to Memorize All the Names?! (“Izzey ahfaz kulla’l-asaamii?!”)

In which department you are? (“Ent fii qism eeh?”)

Week 7:

DVD Story: I Don’t Like NY City (“ / لا أحب مدينة نيو يوركLaa uhibb madiinat Nyu York”);

Grammar: 1. Adverbs; 2. Noun adjective phrases; 3. Demonstrative pronouns ( هذا / هذهhaazaa/ haazihi);

Listening Comprehension: The weather from Hurra TV and the Syrian TV (“ / الطقس من تلفزيون الحرة والتلفزيون السوريAt-taqs min tilfizyuun “Al-hurra” wa’t-tilfizyuuni’s-suurii”);

Reading Comprehension: The weather today (“ / الجو اليومAl-jaww al-yawm”); Ph.D.’s at the girls’ faculties (“ / وظائف دكتوراة في كليات البناتWazaa’if duktuurah fii kulliyyaati’l-banaat”);

Culture: Fairuz and her song: “Habbeytak bi’s-sayf”;

Colloquial: I Don’t Like NY City (“Maa bahibbesh madiinat Nyu York”); The weather is very hot (“Al-gaww harr ’awii”) & No… and no need (“Laa… wa laa haaga”).
A general revision and preparation for the final exam.
Basic (all three textbooks are found in the Information Center (PJ6123 .B78 2004; PJ6307 .B78 2004  v.1; PJ6111 .E44 1983  v.1) and Homer Bookstore located in the university campus. Besides, students have the chance to order photocopies of the parts covered by the course):

Alif Baa with DVDs: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, 2nd ed., Eds. Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi, Georgetown University Press/Washington D.C., 2004; PJ6123 .B78 2004

Al-Kitaab fii Ta‘allum al-‘Arabiyya with DVDs/ A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part I, , 2nd ed., Eds. Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi, Georgetown University Press, Washington, D.C.  PJ6307 .B78 2004  v.1/ ISBN: 158901104X;

Elementary Modern Standard Arabic (EMSA) part 1, Ed. Peter Abboud, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1982; PJ6111 .E44 1983  v.1


Arapça-Türkçe Sözlük, Haz. Serdar Mutçalı, Dağarcık, İstanbul, Aralık 1995;

Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Arabic-English, Ed. by J. Milton Cowan, Librairie Du Liban, Beirut, MacDonald and Evans LTD. London;

Hasan S. Karmi, Al-Mughni al-Kabir Plus, A Dictionary of Contemporary English, English-Arabic, Librairie Du Liban, Beirut, 1998;

Mehmet Maksudoğlu, Arapça Dilbilgisi, İstanbul 1969;

Mustafa Meral Çörtü, Arapça Dilbilgisi, Marmara Üniversitesi, İFAV Yayınları, 4. Baskı, İstanbul 2004;

Türkçe Çevirileriyle Arapça Seçme Hikâyeler – II. Kitap, Haz. Musa Yıldız – Erkan Avşar, Elif Yayınları, Eylül 2006;

Wright W. A., Grammar of the Arabic Language, vol. I-II, Cambridge, 1981;

1 If a third section is to be opened the course will be taught by Maya Tzenova, Arabic Language instructor at Sofia University

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