Arabic: Beginner Level 2

Approximately 422 million people worldwide—both Muslim and Christian—speak Arabic, which includes three varieties: Classical Arabic (the language of the Islamic religion), Standard Arabic (official language, news, documents, etc.), and colloquial Arabic (different dialects). Spoken both in the Arabian world and in several Asian and African countries, Arabic was adopted as one of the six official languages of the United Nations in 1973. Events in the Middle East have encouraged new interest in Arabic. Practical expressions and conversational materials are used throughout these courses, providing students with a strong foundation for future study. Beginner Level 2 is for students who have at least 10 hours of classroom time in Arabic within the last year, can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need in Arabic, and can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where they live and the people they know. Following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference, students at this level will learn to identify common words concerning their immediate concrete surroundings, read very simple sentences, ask and answer simple questions on very familiar topics, and write a short, simple note. Instructor: Fatma Salem