Course Descriptions

MSA 1001 (Beginning Arabic I, 4 units)

This course begins with the phonology and alphabet of the Arabic language and gives students a foundation in both spoken and written Arabic. Even as they gain familiarity with the Arabic alphabet and sounds, students will begin acquiring some basic vocabulary and phrases to use in class and in everyday life using material prepared by the CLC staff. They will then move on to cover the first five units in the main textbook,  al-Kitaab fii ta‘allum al-‘arabiya, third editionby Kristin Brustad and Mahmoud Al-Batal.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to–

  • Express basic information about themselves to a native speaker
  • Aurally distinguish sounds, words, and short phrases and to write these down in dictation exercises
  • Understand and produce the “noun phrase” sentence (al-jumlat al-ismiyya), the construct phrase (idafa), nisba, and the verbal phrase  in the present tense (al-jumlat al-fi‘liyya fi‘l-mudari‘),
  • Understand and recognize the parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, particles) in Arabic sentences.
  • Recognize consonantal roots of nouns and verbs for the purpose of dictionary work.

Students will also gain a working vocabulary of approximately 200 words in Arabic and some basic cultural knowledge of Morocco in particular and the Arabic-speaking world in general.

Pre-requisite: Although this course assumes no previous studies in Arabic, it is nonetheless recommended that students who plan to enter the course do some preparatory work with recognizing and writing the Arabic alphabet.

Textbook: Alif-Ba and al-Kitaab fii ta‘allum al-‘arabiya, Part One (third edition),  both by Kristin Brustad and Mahmoud Al-Batal,

MSA 1002 (Beginning Arabic I, 4 units)

This course is a continuation of MSA 1001 and takes students to a high beginning level of proficiency in Standard Arabic and covers units 6 through 10 in the coursebook.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to–

  • Record longer passages in dictation exercises
  • Further express basic information about themselves including personal preferences
  • Recognize and produce verbal sentences in the past (al-madi) ; the forms of negation, attached pronouns, and ordinal numbers, and to be able to express the time and date in Arabic
  • Read short partially vowelled authentic texts
  • Write short authentic passages about simple subjects

They will also increase their working vocabulary to approximately 350 words and broaden their cultural knowledge of Morocco in particular and the Arabic-speaking world

Pre-requisite: Arabic 1001 or the equivalent as determined by the instructor.

Textbook: Al-Kitaab fii ta‘allum al-‘arabiya by Kristin Brustad and Mahmoud Al-Batal, Part One (third edition), plus authentic material prepared by CLC staff.

MSA 2003 (Intermediate Arabic I, 4 units)

This course is a continuation of  MSA 1002 and takes students to a low intermediate level of proficiency in Standard Arabic.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to–

  • Recognize and understand approximately 600 words
  • Speak for at least one minute, without preparation or interruption, on a simple topic in Arabic (description of a place, description of one’s family and home; or narrative of a past event )
  • Understand and use the derived forms (I through X) of the verb and case endings (ali‘rab )
  • Read short, intermediate texts without vowels
  • Take notes on factual information contained in a 5- minute talk or video clip.

They will also increase their working Arabic vocabulary to approximately 600 words and gain understanding of certain aspects of the Islamic religion as it relates to language and culture.

Pre-requisite: Arabic 1002 or the equivalent as determined by the instructor.

Textbook: Al-Kitaab fii ta‘allum al-‘arabiya by Kristin Brustad and Mahmoud Al-Batal, Part One (third edition),  plus authentic material

MSA 2004 (Intermediate Arabic II, 4 units)

This course is a continuation of  MSA 2003 and takes students to a  mid-intermediate level of proficiency in Standard Arabic.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to–

Compose medium-length paragraphs

  • Speak for at least three minutes, without preparation or interruption, on random topics in Arabic
  • Use and understand the derived forms of the verb (I-X); the forms of the conditional sentence, and case endings of nouns;
  • Read short authentic texts in Arabic without vowels.
  • Navigate the internet in Arabic and search for specific topics.

You will also have increased your working vocabulary to at least 1000 words.

Pre-requisite: Arabic 2003 or permission of instructor

Textbook: Al-Kitaab fii ta‘allum al-‘arabiya by Kristin Brustad and Mahmoud Al-Batal, Part One (third edition),  plus authentic material prepared by CLC staff.

MSA 3005 (Advanced Arabic I, 3 units)

This course is a continuation of  MSA 2004 and takes students to a high intermediate level of proficiency in Standard Arabic.

In this course, students will begin the material in Part Two of al-Kitaab, Book 2. Courses will be augmented by an emphasis on conversational fus’ha, fully vocalized reading, task-oriented writing, and a careful review of i’rab and conjugation.

Pre-requisite: Arabic 2004 or permission of instructor

Textbook: Al-Kitaab fii ta‘allum al-‘arabiya by Kristin Brustad and Mahmoud Al-Batal, Part Two (third edition), plus authentic material prepared by CLC staff.

MSA 3006 (Advanced Arabic II, 3 units)

This course is a continuation of  MSA 3005 and includes the same emphasis on conversation and discussion in fus’ha, reading, and task-oriented writing, and i’rab and conjugation.

Pre-requisite: Arabic 3005 or permission of instructor

Textbook: Al-Kitaab fii ta‘allum al-‘arabiya by Kristin Brustad and Mahmoud Al-Batal, Part Two (third edition), plus authentic material prepared by CLC staff.

Please Note :

(1)     For information concerning university certification for CLC Arabic courses, contact Dr. Honerkamp, Arabic Program, Dept of Arabic, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.  Georgia residents also enrolled in universities in Georgia should contact Dr. Honerkamp about using HOPE scholarships to cover tuition for MSA courses done at the CLC Morocco.