Course Code ARABIC 101R
Course Title Introduction to Arabic 1
Online Offers
  • Winter 2022 (tentative) (Instructor: TBA)
  • Fall 2021 (tentative) (Instructor: TBA)
  • Fall 2021 (tentative) (Instructor: Amir Al-Azraki)
Course Location Online
Credit Weight 0.5
Course Description

This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Arabic. It focuses on recognizing the Arabic alphabet and cursive writing. Students will build up basic vocabulary and construct simple sentences. Students will exchange basic conversations in Modern Standard Arabic and be exposed to Egyptian and Levantine colloquial Arabic. [Note: Not open to students with native, near-native, or similar advanced ability. Completion of student assessment required. Formerly SI 101R.]

Typical terms may not reflect online offerings.

Course Work and Exam Spring 2021 course outline (note 2)
Author(s) Amir Al-Azraki
  • Antirequisite: ARABIC 120R, SI 101R, SI 120R, AB 101W
  • The textbook is also available as an e-text. Consult the publisher's website for more information:
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  • Students taking this course must:
    • have access to a webcam to use during a live video chat for oral exams (webcam, phone)
    • be able to take a photograph or scan of a written page (phone, camera, computer)
    • be able to make a video of writing (webcam or phone) and
    • be able to record their speaking (webcam, computer, phone)
System Requirements
  • A computer with Internet access is required for all online and multimodal courses. Please see the System Requirements.
Taught in English
Special Notes
  • Students taking this course must take a placement test prior to beginning the course.
  • Students taking this course must be available during Week 7 and Week 12 to participate in a live oral exam via video chat with instructor (there will be day and evening time slots available).
  • Contact the Studies in Islam department if you have any questions. For more information about the type of work you will be doing in this course, consult the Course Outline (above).
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