BASIC ARABIC

Vision Statement:

Guidance College shall be one of the top well-recognized universities in the United States that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in specialized Islamic fields aiming at preparing leaders for the righteous people.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their graduate and undergraduate degrees in authentic and professional specialized Islamic knowledge that recognizes modern-time realities and allows them to examine different branches of knowledge from an authentic Islamic perspective which enables them to think ethically, logically, analytically, and critically while making responsible and moral decisions aiming at improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the earth with a full understanding and appreciation of the cultural and human differences.

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the Arabic language. It covers basic Arabic reading and writing. Topics include the Arabic alphabets, consonants, vowels, and phonics. Fundamentals on the dotting system, vowel signs and other diacritics will also be covered in this course.

Course Code: ASL101

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will have mastered the Arabic alphabet and sound system, be able to distinguish and pronounce all Arabic letter sounds, and write them accurately from dictation.
  • Students will be able to differentiate through reading and writing, between the different types of letters in the Arabic alphabet: Single letters, Dual letters, Separate letters, Vowel letters, Double vowel letters, Small vowel letters, Long vowel letters, Non vowel letters, Double letters (stressed)
  • Students will have gained an Arabic vocabulary of more than 100 basic and active words, and be able to use them in simple sentences orally and written, using basic functional grammatical patterns and functions.
  • Students will be able to be able to write a simple paragraph about themselves.
  • Students will be able to engage in simple dialogue by initiating a social interaction: greeting, introduce themselves, ask and answer 2-3 simple questions.
  • Students will be able to note some of the basic differences between formal and spoken Arabic.
  • Students will be able to read the Quran with an improved understanding and appreciation of its meaning.

Course Outline:

  • Single letters
  • Dual letters
  • Separate letters
  • Vowel-ed letters
  • Double vowel-ed letters
  • Small vowel-ed letters
  • Long vowel-ed letters
  • Non vowel-ed letters
  • Double letters (stressed)

Main Textbook:

Alif Baa – Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, 3rd Edition

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