Arabic Language Course

Tel Aviv University

Program Description

Arabic Language Course

Tel Aviv University

During the summer, two consecutive Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) courses are offered: Arabic I and Arabic II. Students can enroll in just one or in both courses. These courses teach students the Arabic alphabet and the basics of MSA, the lingua franca of the Arab world, used in written communication, literature and all formal and religious contexts. Students will also learn to:

  • Correctly pronounce and identify Arabic sounds in context.
  • Understand the basic grammar and vocabulary of MSA.
  • Read and translate basic texts.
  • The courses will focus on developing reading, writing and listening skills as well as the acquisition of a basic vocabulary.
  • Each course will award students with 4 Academic credits.
  • Alongside the Academic aspect, extracurricular activities will be offered such as a program specific day trip in Jaffa, as well as cultural and social activities offering the student an unmediated introduction to Israeli-Arab society.

In addition to coursework, social activities and trips around the country, such as to the North, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem, are conducted by our Madrichim. Precise dates for these will be announced closer to the program start date.

Required Pre-Departure Forms

  • A copy of valid passport
  • A passport photo
  • Medical Form
  • Letter of Agreement
  • Security Deposit Form

Housing

Students participating in TAU International Summer Programs are eligible to live in our Einstein dormitories, adjacent to campus (based on availability). The cost is $800 USD per month. Dormitories are divided into suites of two bedrooms shared by two students per bedroom. Each suite is furnished and includes an air conditioner, cable TV, wireless, kitchenette and bathroom.

Sample Curriculum

Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) – summer semester i

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 (nominal sentences, possessive phrases, past verb) and vocabulary of MSA.
  4. Reading and understanding simple sentences.

Emphasis is on basic reading comprehension in MSA.

Each session (four academic hours) will consist of four main elements: (i) A quiz (dictation in the first part of the course, and a vocabulary exam in the second); (ii) Review of the homework; (iii) Learning and practicingelements of the Arabic alphabet (in the first part of the course) and basic aspects of MSA grammar (in the second part of the course; (iv) Using basic vocabulary to form simple expressions and sentences (in the second part of the course).

Course requirements

  • Attendance, quizzes, assignments and class participation
  • Midterm exam (the Arabic writing system)
  • Final Exam

Grading system

  • Quizzes 15%
  • Attendance, homework and class participation 15%
  • Midterm exam 30%
  • Final exam 40%

Selected References

The course is short and intensive, and does not follow a textbook. The necessary materials will be provided as handouts. For students who wish to pursue the course’s subject matter further the following textbooks are recommended:

Arabic Script

Easy Arabic Script, 1st Edition, by Jane Wightwickand Mahmoud Gaafar, McGraw-Hill Education, 2005 (Paperback)

This book teachers the Arabic alphabet in a way that is quite similar to your course.

Write It in Arabic: A Workbook and Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Arabic Alphabet2nd Edition, by Naglaa Ghali, Fun with Arabic, 2009 (Paperback and Kindle)

This book uses a different system to teach the alphabet than your course, but is user-friendly and can be used for review.

Basic Grammar

1. Easy Arabic Grammar, 1st Edition, by Jane Wightwickand Mahmoud Gaafar, McGraw-Hill Education, 2005 (Paperback)

A very useful book, which covers much of the same grammatical material as the course (gender, pronouns, demonstratives, nominal sentences, possession and verbs in the past), although not in the same order. Very useful for review.

Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) – summer semester ii

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 builds on the fundamentals of MSA learned in the previous semester. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the basics of Arabic grammar, expand their vocabulary in MSA, and increase their proficiency in reading and understanding texts.

Students will be trained to acquire the following skills:

  1. Reading and comprehension of continuous texts, from short paragraphs to simple articles.
  2. Arabic typing and using online Arabic-English dictionaries.
  3. Grammar (the forms of the Arabic verb, the imperfect and the subjunctive, relative clauses, grammatical agreement.

Emphasis is on reading comprehension in MSA.

Each session (four academic hours) will consist of four main elements: (i) A quiz (dictation, vocabulary exam or translation exercise); (ii) Review of the homework; (iii) Learning and practicing new elements of Arabic grammar and syntax; (iv) Using the new vocabulary to form expressions and sentences.

Course requirements

  • Attendance, quizzes, assignments and class participation
  • Midterm exam
  • Final Exam

Grading system

  • Quizzes 15%
  • Attendance, homework and class participation 15%
  • Midterm exam 30%
  • Final exam 40%

Selected References

The course is short and intensive, and does not follow a textbook. The necessary materials will be provided as handouts. For students who wish to pursue the course’s subject matter further the following textbooks are recommended:

Brustad, Al-Batal & Al-Tonsi, Alif Baa, 3rd edition, Georgetown University Press, 2010.

Idem, Al-Kitaab fii Ta’allum al-‘Arabiyya, Part One, Georgetown University Press, 2011.

For speakers of Hebrew: Becker, Arabic for Beginners, Tel-Aviv University, 1996.

Faruk Abu-Chakra, Arabic around the World, Ammatour Press, Helsinki, 2004.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated January 24, 2018
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June 2019
July 2019
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1,600 USD
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Israel - Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District
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