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College Catalog 2024-2025 
College Catalog 2024-2025
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ARAB 1460 - Pre-Arabic for Non-native Speakers

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly ARAB 1260)

This course is designed to introduce students to the Arabic speaking world and Arabic vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to express personal meaning on basic topics. Students will engage in these activities within contextualized cultural settings. The vocabulary and grammatical structures are integrated into interactive and communicative activities that emphasize all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students are required to use computer based technology to practice these skills. Note: Not open to native speakers of Arabic, or students with ARAB 1460 credit or its equivalent. 

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate basic oral and written language skills.

Objectives: During the course, students will:

  1. Demonstrate approximate standard Arabic pronunciation (alphabet and phonology).
  2. Initiate basic conversations with educated speakers of Arabic (fluency of speech).
  3. Use basic vocabulary of Arabic (mastery of elementary lexical items).
  4. Use basic grammar of Arabic (control of basic structures and forms).
  5. Read and write simple sentences in Arabic.

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

Objectives: During the course, students will:

  1. Identify customs of Arabic people.
  2. Compare cultural differences.

  • 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. Introduction to the Arabic alphabet
    1. Handout of the alphabet with pronunciation
    2. Handwriting and drills
  2. Handwriting and drills
    1. Review
    2. First quiz
  3. Review
    1. Connect letters to form your words
    2. Group work and discussion “culture talks”
  4. Handwriting and drills
    1. Culture lesson on “Meeting and greeting People” in the Arab world
  5. Review
    1. New words used in daily life
    2. Connecting letters to form your words
  6. Handwriting and drills
    1. How to address men and women in Arabic
    2. Group work and conversation
  7. Review
    1. Handwriting and drills
    2. Culture lesson on “respect among Arabic speaking people”
    3. Group work and conversation
  8. Review
    1. New words to learn and days of the week
    2. The seasons
  9. Handwriting and drills
    1. Culture lesson on greeting males and females
    2. Verbs, nouns and adjectives
    3. Class work: write your own sentences
    4. Group work and conversation
  10. Board work
    1. Handwriting and drills
    2. Writing numbers and names. Addressing envelops
    3. Culture lesson on “Family and coffeehouses”
  11. Board work
    1. Drills
    2. Group work: translation, conversation and writing short sentences
    3. Handout on time and climate
  12. Board work and group conversation
    1. Handwriting and drills
    2. Handout “In the city and at the Market”
    3. Write short sentences and translation
    4. Culture lesson on “Visiting and manners”
  13. Board work and group conversation
    1. Handwriting and drills
    2. Handout on a list of adjectives, verbs and nouns
    3. Group work: make your own sentences
    4. Culture lesson on holidays and other occasions
  14. Reading short passages
    1. Writing sentences and connecting letters
  15. Review for the final
    1. Conversations and short sentences
  16. Written and oral final exams

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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