ARAB S-AAB Elementary Arabic

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7-week session | CRN 31732

This is a beginning course in modern standard Arabic (MSA), which is the type of Arabic taught in all schools in the Arab world. The course introduces students to the phonology and script of MSA and covers the basic morphology and syntax of the written language. Emphasis is placed on the development of reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. In this course, students are introduced to some dialectical expressions necessary for everyday communication skills, because all speakers of Arabic typically use a dialect when speaking, to one degree or another. Arabic is the exclusive medium of communication in the classroom; however, teaching difficult grammatical concepts and culture might require judicious use of English. Various aspects of modern Arab culture and society are used to provide contexts for the language learning process. No previous knowledge of Arabic is required.

Course information
Class meetings

Mondays-Fridays, noon-3 pm
Center for Government and International Studies, South Building S001

Required drill sections Mondays-Fridays, 10-11 am.

Start date

Monday, June 25


8 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Limited to 14 students
    Registration Closed
  • Notes

    Open to admitted Secondary School Program students by petition.



    Sami Alkyam, PhD.

    Preceptor in Arabic, Harvard University