Arabic Language Programs

Arabic Language Programs

About the Program

The Arabic program is open to beginners. It combines the two existing varieties of Arabic: Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), mainly used in written texts and formal settings, and colloquial Arabic (Palestinian Arabic, or PA), which refers to various spoken dialects used among different Arab countries and communities. The course aims to introduce students to the basic foundations of speaking an Arabic dialect and reading in MSA.


Students will learn how to:

  • Understand the basic grammar and vocabulary of both MSA and PA. The course focuses on the shared aspects of these two varieties of Arabic, as well as on the differences between them. The first lessons are dedicated to learning the Arabic alphabet and introducing basic vocabulary and structures.
  • Understand and actively participate in simple conversations.
  • Read and translate basic texts.


The Arabic program focuses on communication and developing proficiency in the language by using it in meaningful contexts: greetings, education, home and family, work, politics, and culture. The course awards 4 academic credits


Program Dates

The Arabic Program: June 11 - July 23, 2017



The Advanced Arabic Program:

Upon case of applicable requests we will consider opening a special class for the Advanced Arabic Program on: July 30 - Aug 27, 2017.


About the Program


Students are required to have studied Arabic for one year before enrolling in this program.


The Advanced Arabic program aims to provide students with advanced skills in speaking, reading, and writing Arabic. It combines both Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial (Palestinian) Arabic, reflecting how the language is used by native speakers. Students focus on acquiring more vocabulary and understanding fundamental, grammatical structures so that they may attain a higher level of comprehension and communication.


The program teaches communication skills in different areas, such as culture, politics, and daily activities. Students will acquire advanced skills to read and understand a variety of texts from different fields.

For more information, please see the Arabic program description below:

Michael Guggenheimer

Course Description and Goals

The Arabic language consists of a number of varieties: Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), which is the official language of 26 states and used mainly in written texts and formal settings, and various dialects of colloquial Arabic, one of which is the native language of every Arab. This course teaches the fundamentals of MSA. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the Arabic alphabet, provide a basic vocabulary in MSA, and introduce the rudiments of Arabic grammar.

Students will be trained to acquire the following skills:
1. Familiarity with the Arabic alphabet and reading words in the Arabic script, including all vowels and other added signs.
2. Arabic typing and using online Arabic-English dictionaries.
3. Basic grammar and vocabulary of MSA.

Emphasis is on basic reading comprehension in MSA.
Sessions will consist of three main elements: (i) Learning and practicing the Arabic alphabet and later basic aspects of MSA grammar; (ii) using basic vocabulary to form simple expressions and sentences; (iii) dictations and quizzes.
Course requirements
• Assignments and class participation
• Midterm exam (the Arabic alphabet)
• Final Exam

Grading system
Quizzes and dictations:   20%
Homework and class participation 15%
Midterm exam:   25%
Final exam   40%

Selected References
The course does not follow a specific book but is based on various sources, including the following:
Abboud, P.F. and E.N. Markus (eds.). 1983. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic. Cambridge University Press.

Tuition for all programs: $1, 450 ​(USD)


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