Dec 03, 2020  
Official Course Syllabi 2020-2021 
Official Course Syllabi 2020-2021
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ARAB 1470 - Elementary Arabic 1

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: ARAB 1460 or two or more years of high school Arabic

(formerly ARAB 1270)

This course continues students’ development of Arabic language and culture by building and expanding on the culture, vocabulary and language structures learned in ARAB 1460. New language functions will be presented in meaningful activities that emphasize all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing and allow for further cultural exposure. Students are required to use computer based technology to practice these skills.

Contact Hours: 4
Billable Contact Hours: 4
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate competency in oral language skills beyond Introduction to Arabic Language & Culture.


  1. Pronounce individual sounds, including appropriate intonation and stress, with little or no interference in order to be understood by a Native Speaker.
  2. Form and produce entire sentences with no hesitation and natural pauses.
  3. Engage in conversations with a Native Speaker in the present, future, and past tense (includes both initiating conversations as well as responding appropriately to speech of a Native Speaker).

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use Arabic vocabulary beyond Introduction to Arabic Language & Culture.


  1. Use vocabulary when speaking.
  2. Respond to a Native Speaker who has used the vocabulary.
  3. Use vocabulary in writing.
  4. Demonstrate reading comprehension skills by discussing subject matter and/or answering questions based on the passage read.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use grammar structures beyond Introduction to Arabic Language & Culture 1 in speaking and writing.


  1. Use pronouns, including possessive.
  2. Form questions.
  3. Use adverbs.
  4. Use prepositions with pronouns.
  5. Conjugate the superlative and future tenses.
  6. Shape subject-verb agreement.
  7. Conjugate and use the verb to wish.
  8. Use the comparative.
  9. Use feminine plural.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize and discuss aspects of Arabic culture beyond Introduction to Arabic Language & Culture 1.


  1. Recognize and discuss some geographical, economical and cultural aspects of some Arabic speaking countries and/or communities such as universities and schools, food, sports, Ramadan, and clothes.
  2. Compare cultural differences.

(Bulleted outcomes apply to the course)

  • 1. The graduate can integrate the knowledge and technological skills necessary to be a successful learner.
  1. The graduate can demonstrate how to think competently.
  • 3. The graduate can demonstrate how to employ mathematical knowledge.
  • 4. The graduate can demonstrate how to communicate competently.
  • 5. The graduate is sensitive to issues relating to a diverse, global society.

Lesson & Topics

1 pgs 1-19
Masculine and feminine
The definite article
The Nisba adjective
The question
Arabic names

2 pgs 21-35
Pronouns - Grammar
Reading and Culture

3 pgs 39-53
Possessive pronouns - Grammar
Reading about Arab universities

4 pgs 55-68
The present tense
More about questions
Reading and Culture

5 pgs 77-88
Grammar - adverbs
Non-adjective phrases
Reading - climate and the seasons
Culture - song for Fayrouz

6 pgs 89-102
Reading and Culture
The Arabic foods

7 pgs 106-125
Culture and Grammar
Prepositions with pronouns
Reading - Arabic money

8 pgs 129-151
Grammar - the past tense - negation of past tense - roots and patterns
The Arabic dictionary
Numbers 11-100
Reading and Culture - soccer game

9 pgs 154-168
Grammar - non-human agreement
What time is it?
Reading - American TV programs

10 pgs 174-191
Grammar - object pronouns
Reading - King Fouad

11 pgs 195-216
Review verb chart
Reading - hotels in Cairo

12 pgs 217-240
Grammar - the superlative - the future
Future negation - subject-verb agreement
Reading - school in Egypt
Culture - song for Fayrouz

13 pgs 241-260
Grammar - verb to wish
Reading - apartment for rent

14 pgs 263-284
Reading - Kholid’s grandmother and job wanted

15 pgs 285-301
Grammar - verbs and pronouns
Reading - private window and Tounis

16 pgs 308-324
Grammar - the comparative
Case markings
Culture - Nizar Kobani the love poet
Reading - the letter

17 pgs 331-351
Grammar - the nouns
Culture - The Quoraan
Reading - Time of Study in Ramadan

18 pgs 352-368
Culture - Jamal Abud El Nasar and oum Kalthoom
Reading - The other half

19 pgs 375-392
Grammar - feminine plural
Culture - clothes
Reading - Najib Mahfouz

20 pgs 395-411
Grammar - reading dates - review
Reading - Malek speaks

Primary Faculty
Rahmouni El Idrissi, Amine
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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