Arabic Beginner II

Course Status: 
CEU code: 
SLTG 5125
CEU credits: 
ECTS credits: 
Academic year: 
Start and end dates: 
9 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Non-degree Specialization: 
ACRS—Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies
Rashed Daher

Arabic Beginner II
2016/17 Winter Term
Mondays and Fridays 9:00-10:45
Language course, 3 credits

Instructor: Rashed Daher
Office Hours: by appointment


Arabic (classical – pre 20th century - and modern) is one of the most important languages required to understand Middle East culture and Medieval history. Learning Arabic is essential to all those who have interest in getting an overall vision of Islamic history and understand the thorough link between Islamic and Christian cultures, political and economical developments, as well as linguistic features throughout middle ages up till recent days. Achieving the ability to read, and later to analyze historical Arabic texts provides the student not only a unique capability of understanding most of the intercultural and political events between Medieval Europe and Middle East, but also to have the chance of creating his own standpoint concerning those events. Briefly, reading Arabic texts in source language opens a wide and new horizon for the student in learning Medieval history and following the development of Arabic language throughout 15 centuries of continuous usage.

Goals and Learning outcomes

After two terms of learning Arabic, students will be able to obtain a “general use” of the language; they will achieve the following:

a. Write and read Arabic almost perfectly, even without using vowel signs.

b. Understand much of standard Arabic language by listening, as well as, depending on student skills, a basic level of speaking (Standard language, not dialect).

c. Read, understand, analyze and translate moderate Arabic texts and a wide scale of primary historical resources.

d. Get essential bases for further learning of the language in the future.

Besides gaining a massive basic knowledge of the language, students will also get an insight to some features of Islamic, and especially, Arabic culture. This will lead to understanding much of the environment in which the source material written in Arabic was born.

Participants’ ability in Arabic will be assessed thorough a short quiz (15-20 minutes) every two weeks and a final examination at the end of the semester.

This semester is in fact a continuity of the previous one, the same teaching methodology will be followed and the requirements are almost similar. The work the students will have to do is built almost totally on what they have learned in the previous semester. There will be a great focus on grammar and morphology, which will allow the students to obtain a strong grammatic required for translating texts later at the intermediate level.

The students will be able as well to listen to Arabic voice recordings, making them capable of distinguishing different Arabic pronunciations.


1. Fawzieh A. Bader: Al-Asas for Teaching Arabic for Non-Native Speakers. Part 1 (Beginner Level). Noorart Inc. 2010.

2. Kristen Brustad - Abbass al-Tonsi - Mahmoud al-Batal: Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al-Arabiyya with DVDs. Parts I-II. Georgetown University Press. DVDs are included.

3. Schulz, Krahl, Reuschel: Standard Arabic. An elementary-intermediate course. Cambridge University Press, 2000 (for grammar).

4. Karin C. Ryding: A Reference Grammar of Modern standard Arabic. Cambridge University Press, 2005 (complementary material).

5. Other background texts and listening material which the students will receive in time.



Week 1 (9 and 13/1/2017)

Arabic grammar revision, extended nominal sentences, general revision1.

Al-Asas book lesson 4/part 1


Week 2 (16and 20/1/2017)

Arabic grammar (1), general revision 2.

Sentence translations to Arabic.

Al-Asas lesson 4/part2

Listening session 1.


Week 3 (23 and 27/1/2017)

Short quiz.

Arabic Grammar (2), morphology (1).

Al-Asas lesson 4 complete + class conversations.

Listening session 2



Week 4 (30/1 and 3/2/2017)

Grammar (3), morphology (2)

grammatical exercises and oral communication

Sentence translation to Arabic

Al-Asas lesson 5/part1



Week 5 (6 and 10/2/2017)

Short quiz.

Grammar (4), exercises on complex sentences.

Al-Asas lesson 5/part2

General practicing on lesson 5.


Week 6 (13 and 17/2/2017)

Revision 1

Grammar (5), morphology.

Reading and translating an Arabic text.


Week 7 (20 and 24/2/2017)

Grammar (6), further exercises on complex sentences.

Al-Asas lesson 6 + listening session.

Short class conversations of lessons 1-6.


Week 8 (27/2 and 3/3/2017)

Grammar (7), morphological exercises.

Al-Asas lesson 7 + listening session.

Exercises on sentence structures.


Week 9 (6 and 10/3/2017)

Revision 2

Grammar (8), exercises on the active and the passive participles.

Reading and translating an Arabic text.


Week 10 (13 and 17/3/2017)

Short quiz.

Grammar (9), various grammatical exercises.

Al-Asas lesson 8.

Short class conversations and listening session.


Week 11 (20 and 24/3/2017)

General revision of grammar and morphology.

Complex language exercises.

Al-Asas lesson 9.

Listening session and short class conversations.



Week 12 (27 and 31/3/2017)

Al-Asas lesson 10.

Final Revision-consultation.



Regular attendance (at least ten sessions out of twelve) is mandatory. Student performance will be assessed through 4 short quizzes and a final written exam composed of text translation, grammatical and listening exercises. Terminal grade: 40% quizzes, 60% final exam. The final written exam will be written on the beginning of April.