Virtual Virginia

5010 Arabic I

Field of Study

This course is an introduction to the Arabic language for beginner students with no prior knowledge of the language. This course teaches students the communication skills for speaking, reading, writing and comprehending Arabic, in accordance with the national standards for teaching foreign languages.

Material Covered

This course is developed in a spiral method that focuses on helping students understand general meaning, starting with the alphabet and essential letter sounds and formations. Students will be able to write short sentences, speak and comprehend Arabic by the conclusion of the course. Topics include greetings, numbers, school, family, household vocabulary, days of the week, colors, and hobbies. Some virtual trips to a few Arabic countries will prompt the students to learn more about the Arabic culture.

Student Expectations

To learn a foreign language, students must practice writing, learning the vocabulary, listening to audio and watching videos on a daily basis. Course assignments will include writing, speaking (via recordings), and a variety of interactive activities.

Additionally:

  • Students must have access to the Internet.
  • Students must have a notebook to maintain their work throughout the course.
  • Students should plan on 6-10 hours weekly outside of the class time to practice their Arabic language skills.
  • Students must check the course calendar and submit their work on time, as well as read the news items daily for announcements and cultural news.

By the end of this course, students will be able to write short sentences on assigned topics and hold brief conversations, asking questions and greeting others in Arabic. The instructor will be available during office hours to assist students who may have difficulty with class materials.

Additional Information

The Arabic language is different, but not difficult. There is a high correspondence between the sounds and the symbols about 98% of the time. Therefore, mastering the consonants and sounds of the Arabic language is imperative. Research conducted by the State Department has proven that Arabic grammar is actually easier than Spanish!

Related Requirements

The Arabic 1 course satisfies the graduation requirements for an Advanced Studies diploma. Please refer to the following requirements: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/approved_courses.pdf

Prerequisites

  • None

Course Texts and Materials

  • All course materials are provided within the online course.