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ARAB 2460 - Arabic 2

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: ARAB 1470  

(formerly ARAB 2360)

Third-semester Arabic picks up where second-semester Arabic (ARAB 1470) has ended. The central goal is to advance the student’s communicative ability and cultural competency with an emphasis on assimilating the language for complex communicative purposes. In addition to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), students will also practice one of the spoken dialects, the Egyptian, the Levantine, or the Moroccan dialects. The instructor will use authentic materials including texts from print Arabic media, video, and audio from the Middle East.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, The students will be able to demonstrate competency in oral language skills beyond Elementary Arabic 2.


  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, or past tense about the following topics (includes both initiating conversations as well as responding appropriately to speech of a Native Speaker).
    1. Tourism, past travels and planning a trip to the Arab world.
    2. Study abroad options for Arabic language students.
    3. The workplace and applying for a job.
    4. Dilemmas and problem-solving.
    5. Religious holidays in the Arab world and authentic celebrations.
    6. Differences and similarities within different Arabic countries.

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


Regarding topics such as travel in the Arabic world, study abroad, job applications, directions, religious holidays and the diversity of the Arabic world:

  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 Elementary Arabic 2 in speaking and writing.


  1. Conjugate the present, past and future tense using the system of prefixes, suffixes and verb patterns.
  2. Use of the descriptive sentence.
  3. Use of adjectives, nouns, and adverbs; make comparisons using comparatives and superlatives.
  4. Understand the grammatical function and employ nouns ending in double open vowels.
  5. Review personal, object and possessive pronouns.
  6. Understand and employ the definite and indefinite construct phrase.
  7. Use relative pronouns.
  8. Use the impersonal construction.
  9. Use different case marking of nouns.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize and discuss aspects of Arabic culture beyond Elementary Arabic 2.


  1. Recognize and discuss some geographical, economical and cultural aspects of some Arabic speaking countries and or communities such as city life, work, holidays and celebrations, higher education.
  2. Compare cultural differences and underline similarities.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  1. Travel and tourism in the Arab world
    1. Vocabulary of the textbook story and travel
    2. Verb conjugation and the system of prefixes and suffixes
    3. Personal, object and possessive pronouns
    4. The descriptive sentence (joumlat a-Sifa)
    5. Two new verb patterns
    6. Study of travel itineraries and maps
    7. Planning a trip to the Arab world
  2. Exploring potential Arabic study abroad programs.
    1. Vocabulary of the textbook story and study travels
    2. The future verb and its negation
    3. Nouns ending in double open vowels (al-ism almanSoub)
    4. Verb-Subject agreement in a verb-sentence
    5. The Superlative
    6. Researching potential study abroad programs and comparing different programs and destinations.
  3. Applying for admission in a study abroad program in the Arab world
    1. Vocabulary of the textbook story and letter writing
    2. The continuation of an action into the present
    3. Sentence Complements
    4. The past tense and its different forms of negations
    5. Review of all tenses and their negations: the Present, the Past and the Future
    6. Writing a letter of application to a study abroad program in the Arab world
  4. Creating a resume and looking for a job
    1. Vocabulary of the textbook story and job search
    2. Roots, patterns and the usage of the Arabic dictionary
    3. The noun-sentence and description of places
    4. Expressing wishes and hopes
    5. The definite and indefinite construct phrase
    6. Creating a resume
  5. Expressing dilemmas and giving advice
    1. Vocabulary of the textbook story
    2. Relative pronouns
    3. Review of all the different negations
    4. Conditionals
    5. The impersonal construction “It is….” As in “It is necessary to, it is difficult to, it is important to…”
    6. Expressing a detailed account of a problem and offering solutions and advice
  6. Preparing and presenting an exposé on an Arabic country
    1. Vocabulary of the story and country presentations
    2. The comparative
    3. Two new verb patterns
    4. Part I : Case marking of nouns
    5. Exposé on an Arabic country
  7. Muslim and Christian Arabic religious holidays
    1. Vocabulary of the story and celebrations of religious holidays in the Arab world
    2. Two new verb patterns
    3. Part II : Case marking of nouns
    4. Reading and study of fully vocalized Arabic religious texts.
    5. Review of the oral and written final exam

Primary Faculty
Rahmouni El Idrissi, Amine
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Parker, Catherine
Pritchett, Marie

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

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