Arabic Intermediate II

Course Status: 
CEU code: 
SLTG 5325
CEU credits: 
ECTS credits: 
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Start and end dates: 
9 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Non-degree Specialization: 
ACRS—Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies
Rashed Daher

Arabic Intermediate II
(2016/17 Winter Term, Fridays 14:00-17:20, 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

The main goal of this semester is to get an intensive training on the oral usage of the language, as well as to apply the massive grammar material we have learned in the previous term. In this semester we will learn how to construct complete paragraphs, and later short continuous texts using a lot of conjunctions and conjunctive structures, which are found on a very large scale in Arabic. Besides that we will make a deep revision of morphology and the difficult parts of grammar, as well as comparing many classical structures with their modern forms. I will focus a lot on building up creative communication situations in the class, which will lead the students step by step to become familiar with the Arabic mentality and ways of expression. On the other hand we will continue translating Classical Arabic texts from different medieval books and Arabic literature.

Quizzes will be made from time to time without previously informing the students, who will also have to make a lot of homework every week. Generally the structure of this course will be dialogue-based in many senses, and following the trend of the previous term.



Week 1 (13/1/2017)

Translating Classical Arabic text 1.

General Conversation in Arabic (no defined theme).


Week 2 (20/1/2017)

Translating Modern Arabic Text 1.

Conversation about “Theme 1”


Week 3 (27/1/2017)

Modern Arabic sentence structures, morphology.

Classical Arabic text 2.

Conversation about “Theme 2”


Week 4 (3/2/2017)

Modern Arabic morphology, grammar exercises.

Modern Arabic text 2.

Conversation about “Theme 3”


Week 5 (10/2/2017)

Modern Arabic morphology, grammar revision + conjunctive elements.

Classical Arabic text 3.


Week 6 (17/2/2017)

Complex grammatical exercises.

Modern Arabic text 3.

Conversation about “Theme 4”


Week 7 (24/2/2017)

Short quiz in translation and grammar.

Modern Arabic oral exercises, morphology.

Classical Arabic text 4.


Week 8 (3/3/2017)

Modern Arabic morphology and grammar exercises.

Modern Arabic text 4.

Conversation about “Theme 5”


Week 9 (10/3/2017)

Modern Arabic morphology, conjunctive elements.

Classical Arabic text 5.

Conversation about “Theme 6”


Week 10 (17/3/2017)

Modern Arabic composition, morphology, grammar exercises.

Modern Arabic text 5.

Conversation about “Theme 7”



Week 11 (24/3/2017)

General revision of Arabic grammar

Listening to Arabic voice recordings and discussing the subject.

Conversation about “Theme 8”


Week 12 (31/3/2017)

Modern Arabic text 6 (short)

Classical Arabic text 6 (short)

General closing conversation and course evaluation in Arabic.



The final written exam’s date is to be decided later, but it will be after the final week. Terminal grade: 50% exam + 50% seminar work.


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