Arabic Curriculum

Curriculum

SMU courses mostly teach Modern Standard Arabic (fuSHa), which is the literary language used in most current, printed Arabic publications, spoken by the Arabic media across North Africa and the Middle East, and understood by Arabic speakers. In addition, the courses will also introduce some of the main features of various Arabic dialects.

Marrakech

ARBC 1401 - BEGINNING ARABIC, first semester

This is an introductory course intended for students with little or no knowledge of the language.  Its aim is to present essential vocabulary and grammar, and to develop the pronunciation, listening, reading, and writing skills necessary for basic communication and comprehension.  Customs and cultural insights are also presented.
Classes meet five times a week.

ARBC 1402 - BEGINNING ARABIC, second semester
This course continues the oral practice, reading, writing, grammar and cultural studies begun in ARBC 1401. Students will acquire a substantial amount of vocabulary and idiomatic language.
Classes meet five times a week.
(Prerequisite: C- or better in ARBC 1401 or permission of area chair)

ARBC 2301- INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I, first semester
This course continues the oral practice, reading, writing, grammar and cultural studies begun in Arabic 1401 and 1402. Students are expected to acquire a substantial amount of vocabulary and be able to deal with idiomatic language and more advanced syntax.
(Prerequisite: C- or better in ARBC 1402 or permission of area chair)
Oral Communication, Writing, Global Engagement

ARBC 2302- INTERMEDIATE ARABIC II, second semester
This course continues the oral practice, reading, writing, grammar and cultural studies begun in Arabic 1401 and 1402. Students are expected to acquire a substantial amount of vocabulary and be able to deal with idiomatic language and more advanced syntax.
(Prerequisite: C- or better in ARBC 2301 or permission of area chair)
Oral Communication, Writing, Global Engagement

ARBC 3301- ADVANCED ARABIC I
This course provides a thorough study of authentic materials in classical prose for mastery of classical Arabic and involves more extended readings and discussions of contemporary and historical cultural topics.
(Prerequisite: C- or better in ARBC 2302 or permission of area chair)
Individuals, Institutions & Cultures I, Writing, Global Engagement

ARABIC 3302- ADVANCED ARABIC II
This course provides a thorough study of authentic materials in classical prose for mastery of classical Arabic and involves more extended readings and discussions of contemporary and historical cultural topics.
(Prerequisite: C- or better in ARBC 2302 or permission of area chair)
Oral Communication, Writing, Global Engagement

ARABIC 4312- ADVANCED MEDIA ARABIC
Advanced Media Arabic is designed to introduce authentic texts and audio files from a wide variety of media sources. It emphasizes the semantic and stylistic aspects of media Arabic rather than its grammar.